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Health & Safety — Scotland


BTO Solicitors LLP - Health & Safety Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Specialist team of health and safety lawyers dedicated to undertaking regulatory defence matters for a distinguished list of clients. Well regarded by market sources for its extensive experience across sectors including construction, transport and energy. Represents a broad client roster including insurers, manufacturers, local authorities and leisure operators.

Strengths Sources commend the "very professional and organised team."

Work highlights Represented Loch Earn Caravan Parks following an accident at a holiday park owned by the company, in which a six-year-old boy drowned in an on-site swimming pool.

Acted for Seamore Farming after an 18-year-old employee died as the result of falling into a grain silo.

Significant clients AIG Europe, Chubb, UK General, Gallagher Bassett, Marine Harvest.

Notable practitioners

Clare Bone leads the firm's health and safety group and has has a strong reputation for regulatory defence work. She routinely represents an array of private sector clients in the agricultural, manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as leading insurers. Sources describe her as "very effective and approachable," and add that she "delivers a fantastic service to clients."

Vikki Watt is a solicitor advocate specialising in the defence of criminal health and safety prosecutions. She advises insurers, multinational companies and public sector bodies, with a strong emphasis on the leisure and engineering sectors.

Solicitor advocate Laura Irvine is a highly capable practitioner with considerable expertise in handling health and safety investigations and prosecutions, along with other regulatory proceedings. An impressed client notes: "She's sensational, excellent with people and in terms of her subject matter knowledge."

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Burness Paull - Health & Safety Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Glasgow

What the team is known for Standout health and safety team renowned for its expertise across the full breadth of regulatory work, with particular expertise in offshore oil and gas matters. Assists clients with investigations and prosecutions, and also advises on compliance and provides training on health and safety issues. Also has notable experience handling cases concerning assisted living and care facilities.

Strengths One source says "they are at the top of the pile" and commends the team's "good-quality work."

Another describes this as a "thoroughly impressive team."

Work highlights Represented care facility operator Inspire (Partnership Through Life) in a health and safety prosecution following the death of a severely disabled man who drowned in the bath after suffering a suspected seizure.

Significant clients Total, Weir Group, Repsol Sinopec, Maersk, The City of Edinburgh Council.

Notable practitioners

Rona Jamieson has extensive experience handling health and safety matters, particularly in the offshore oil and gas sector. She also advises clients in the wake of serious marine and aviation accidents. One client says: "She gives considered advice from her wealth of experience and is great in urgent matters."

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Pinsent Masons LLP - Health & Safety Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Leaders in the health and safety field with a specialist team of practitioners noted for its depth of expertise and breadth of market knowledge. Regularly called upon by clients from an array of business sectors including energy and construction, as well as public sector bodies. Also provides a range of non-contentious compliance and regulatory advice.

Strengths A source comments on the "high standard" of the firm's client service.

Work highlights Advised Kaefer C&D after one of its work platforms at a coal terminal collapsed, leaving a worker with severe injuries.

Represented Hanson Aggregates following the death of an engineer as the result of a fire in the engine room of one of its ships.

Significant clients DONG Energy, Shell UK, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, ENSCO.

Notable practitioners

Leading health and safety lawyer Laura Cameron is held in high regard by the market, with one source saying: "She is outstanding - she works ferociously hard, is wonderful with clients and has extensive knowledge of health and safety." She routinely represents large companies in high-profile prosecutions and regulatory investigations following fatal accidents and other serious incidents.

Bruce Craig is noted for his experience representing clients in the oil and gas and marine sectors in high-value health and safety cases. Clients say: "He is thorough in his advice and strategy recommendations, and is very prompt in his work and responses."

Tom Stocker is an experienced regulatory lawyer, well versed in corporate criminal defence cases, investigations and compliance matters. He regularly handles health and safety investigations and prosecutions, and has particular expertise in maritime safety law.

William Park is most active in the oil and gas sector, where he advises a number of companies in relation to workplace health and safety incidents. He is very experienced in assisting companies with both internal and external investigations, as well as prosecutions.

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BLM - Health & Safety Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow

What the team is known for Highly regarded group that operates across a range of industries and sectors. Acts for prominent insurers in addition to major companies. Handles a wide range of regulatory work including corporate manslaughter investigations and fatal accident matters. Also able to offer clients advice in ancillary areas such as food safety and environmental law.

Strengths One source reports: "They are a very tactical team - they bounce things off each other, and the level of preparation is fantastic. They know how to get the best for the client."

Clients praise the firm, noting its "excellent customer service and comprehensive understanding of the Scottish legal system."

Significant clients Aviva, Allianz, QBE, Glasgow City Council.

Notable practitioners

Jamie Varney leads the team and is very well versed in complex health and safety matters, handling investigations and prosecutions concerning serious and fatal accidents across a range of industries. One source says: "He is absolutely fantastic - he gets on top of the case and he is brilliant with clients. He is really impressive."

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Clyde & Co LLP - Health & Safety Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Notable practice featuring a large team of specialist lawyers thoroughly experienced in the full range of health and safety law. Offers broad coverage across Scotland, primarily assisting insurers with complex matters across sectors including manufacturing, oil and gas and construction. Regularly instructed to handle both investigations and prosecutions arising out of severe and fatal workplace accidents.

Strengths One client says: "Their reliability, level of knowledge and support is impressive."

Another client adds: "They were very approachable, and kept us informed at all stages of our case."

Significant clients RSA, Esure, Allianz, ACE Europe, Travelers.

Notable practitioners

Mark Donaldson has a wide range of expertise in health and safety regulatory matters, including major investigations. He handles cases relating to a range of workplace and road-related accidents. Clients consider him "knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic," with one adding: "He is very supportive and provides a flawless service."

Gilles Graham is a skilled practitioner with significant expertise across health and safety law. As a solicitor advocate, he regularly represents clients in criminal prosecutions and also has notable expertise in environmental law.

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CMS - Health & Safety Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
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What the team is known for Offers notable capability across the full gamut of health and safety law, with specific expertise in sectors such as transport, energy and construction. Regularly instructed by significant corporations to investigate major accidents. Notable client base among offshore oil and gas operators.

Strengths A client says: "They really seem to understand how an in-house legal department works and can provide advice that is tailored to that. They don't provide 'ivory tower' legal advice that is hard to distil."

Significant clients Bureau Veritas UK, Integrated Dental Holdings, TAQA Bratani, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, Low Carbon Services (UK).

Notable practitioners

Jan Burgess is a qualified solicitor advocate with many years' experience handling complex health and safety prosecutions. She regularly represents large multinational companies, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Clients praise her technical knowledge, and one source also describes her as "very able and thorough."

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Brodies LLP - Health & Safety Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises clients from an array of industries and sectors including transport, marine and energy on wide-ranging health and safety issues. Provides training, representation and advice in relation to serious and fatal accidents and regulatory compliance matters.

Strengths One client says: "From my initial contact to the agreed conclusion of the matter, I was impressed by Brodies' attention to detail and willingness to ensure I was informed fully at every stage."

Another client appreciates that Brodies has "a very efficient team that engenders trust and confidence in the lawyers and the advice they provide."

Notable practitioners

Elena Fry has a wealth of experience in health and safety matters along with notable personal injury expertise. Her practice encompasses regular investigations as well as criminal proceedings. Clients say she is "very responsive" and that she provides "clear, concise advice."

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Star Individuals

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Leading health and safety lawyer Laura Cameron is held in high regard by the market, with one source saying: "She is outstanding - she works ferociously hard, is wonderful with clients and has extensive knowledge of health and safety." She routinely represents large companies in high-profile prosecutions and regulatory investigations following fatal accidents and other serious incidents.

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Band 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clare Bone leads the firm's health and safety group and has has a strong reputation for regulatory defence work. She routinely represents an array of private sector clients in the agricultural, manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as leading insurers. Sources describe her as "very effective and approachable," and add that she "delivers a fantastic service to clients."

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Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Rona Jamieson has extensive experience handling health and safety matters, particularly in the offshore oil and gas sector. She also advises clients in the wake of serious marine and aviation accidents. One client says: "She gives considered advice from her wealth of experience and is great in urgent matters."

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Jan Burgess is a qualified solicitor advocate with many years' experience handling complex health and safety prosecutions. She regularly represents large multinational companies, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Clients praise her technical knowledge, and one source also describes her as "very able and thorough."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Bruce Craig is noted for his experience representing clients in the oil and gas and marine sectors in high-value health and safety cases. Clients say: "He is thorough in his advice and strategy recommendations, and is very prompt in his work and responses."

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Donaldson has a wide range of expertise in health and safety regulatory matters, including major investigations. He handles cases relating to a range of workplace and road-related accidents. Clients consider him "knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic," with one adding: "He is very supportive and provides a flawless service."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Elena Fry has a wealth of experience in health and safety matters along with notable personal injury expertise. Her practice encompasses regular investigations as well as criminal proceedings. Clients say she is "very responsive" and that she provides "clear, concise advice."

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gilles Graham is a skilled practitioner with significant expertise across health and safety law. As a solicitor advocate, he regularly represents clients in criminal prosecutions and also has notable expertise in environmental law.

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Band 2

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John McGovern is a consultant at MacRoberts LLP, and is also a solicitor advocate with significant experience in corporate criminal defence, including major health and safety prosecutions. One client notes: "He has been truly outstanding in every way with regards to his level of professionalism and service."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Stocker is an experienced regulatory lawyer, well versed in corporate criminal defence cases, investigations and compliance matters. He regularly handles health and safety investigations and prosecutions, and has particular expertise in maritime safety law.

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Band 2

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Jamie Varney leads the team and is very well versed in complex health and safety matters, handling investigations and prosecutions concerning serious and fatal accidents across a range of industries. One source says: "He is absolutely fantastic - he gets on top of the case and he is brilliant with clients. He is really impressive."

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Band 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Vikki Watt is a solicitor advocate specialising in the defence of criminal health and safety prosecutions. She advises insurers, multinational companies and public sector bodies, with a strong emphasis on the leisure and engineering sectors.

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Up and Coming

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Laura Irvine is a highly capable practitioner with considerable expertise in handling health and safety investigations and prosecutions, along with other regulatory proceedings. An impressed client notes: "She's sensational, excellent with people and in terms of her subject matter knowledge."

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Associates to watch

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

William Park is most active in the oil and gas sector, where he advises a number of companies in relation to workplace health and safety incidents. He is very experienced in assisting companies with both internal and external investigations, as well as prosecutions.

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