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Safety, Security, Health and Environment

Advising on all aspects of safety, security, health and environment laws

Our global Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSHE) team offers cross-border experience across all aspects of SSHE laws including incident response, interview and court room representation and compliance systems.

We provide clients with deep technical capability combined with innovative thinking and a practical approach ensuring high quality and robust advice, support and representation. Our team is led by pre-eminent practitioners and is supported by a global network able to provide an integrated solution to your multi-jurisdictional SSHE requirements.

We have a particular specialism dealing with emergency response and crisis management in relation to incidents across all industry sectors including energy, transportation, infrastructure and marine. We also provide 24/7 Incident Response Management to ensure you are always able to reach a specialist lawyer, meaning your risks and potential liabilities are effectively managed from the outset. This protects your organisation and the individuals within it.

We recognise that preventing or reducing the likelihood of incidents is a priority and we partner with our clients to understand your risk profile, consider response strategies and prepare for the unexpected. We conduct safety culture maturity assessments, benchmarking and auditing of SSHE systems against legal requirements and provide critical risk analysis and tailored training and coaching programmes to organisations wanting to drive safer outcomes in their business. For directors and officers, our team can also provide training and coaching on personal legal duties and due diligence obligations as well as strategies to manage them

Our Safety, Security, Health & Environment Work

  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Macondo

    Advising an oil major in relation to the Parliamentary Enquiry into Deepwater drilling and a large international contractor on the Select Committee Enquiry following the Macondo incident

    United States

    Cal-OSHA investigations

    Representing land based oil production companies with respect to various Cal-OSHA investigations following an unrelated series of industrial mishaps in 2013 and 2014 involving fatality, serious personal injuries, explosions and inadvertent exposure to asbestos containing materials

    United States
  • Safety Impact Assessment Framework

    Designing a framework for a government-owned energy company to assess and manage WHS risks arising from a program of transformational business change across the entire organisation. The Safety Impact Assessment Framework ensured that its officers met their obligations of due diligence and to...


    Royal Australian Navy

    Developing the safety management system of the Royal Australian Navy, including the development of work procedures in conjunction with subject matter experts, developing a due diligence framework for senior leadership, implementation strategy, and staff training programme


    Safework NSW investigation

    Advising a building waste recycling company in relation to a contractor fatal injuries incident on their site after being pinned between two skip bin trucks during loading/unloading.Our advice included the initial investigation by Safework NSW, dealings with the regulator and a traffic...


    Incident review

    Acting for national logistics organisation to review all incident data that was collected in relation to a number of near-miss incidents involving truck roll overs which occurred over a six month period


    Traffic offences

    Advising a national transport and logistics company for breaches of the Road Transport (Vehicle and Driver Management) Act 2005 (NSW) (now repealed) and Heavy Vehicle National Law (NSW) 2013 (HVNL)


    Air New Zealand

    Advising Air New Zealand in relation to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (NZ) and its preparedness for the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 legislation. We also reviewed the safety management system, delivering this to the...

    New Zealand

    Safety leadership training

    Designing and facilitating a two day programme for Watercare NZ's senior leadership team on the principles of safety leadership

    New Zealand
  • Petrochemicals company

    Advising a petrochemicals company on the health and safety laws of Iraq and the development a database of regulatory requirements


    Product liability claims

    Providing insurers with coverage advice and litigation support in relation to a significant number of product liability claims involving a Japanese automotive manufacturer

    United Arab Emirates

    UAE hospitals

    Handling all notifications and claims for a UAE hospital on behalf of its re/insurers by way of bordereau claims service

    United Arab Emirates
  • Leisure sector premises fatality

    Advising a FTSE 250 company in the leisure sector regarding a fatality that occurred at one of its premises, which is currently being investigated by the Police and Council. 

    United Kingdom

    Employee fatality and corporate manslaughter claim

    Representing a manufacturer of canoes and kayaks for Corporate Manslaughter following the death of one of its employees including providing the company's Directors with advice and representation in relation to suspected offences of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and breach of section 37 of the...

    United Kingdom

    Health & Safety Executive prosecution

    Successfully representing a specialist roofing company at trial in relation to a prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive following a fall from height incident where a contractor received serious lower limb injuries on a client site

    United Kingdom

    Railway station upgrade fatality

    Advising a construction company in relation to the death of a subcontractors' driver whilst making a delivery to site including first attendance on site on the day of fatality, dealing with police, liaising with the Office of Rail Regulation and the Health & Safety Executive, interviewing...

    United Kingdom

    Noise pollution allegations and investigation

    Advising a subsidiary of the largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment in the UK in relation to an investigation by the Council into alleged breaches of a Noise Abatement Notice at one of its sites

    United Kingdom

    Environment Agency radioactive substance investigation

    Advising a global oil engineering service company in relation to an Environment Agency investigation concerning the possible breach of their environmental permit regarding radioactive substances in Wales

    United Kingdom

    Railway fatality investigation and advice

    Advising a joint venture that runs a rail line in the northwest of the UK in respect of a fatality including investigating the incident, advising the company Board and dealing with a number of complex and highly sensitive health and safety issues leading to the prosecution of the train conductor...

    United Kingdom

    Explosion and fire at manufacturing site

    Acting for a food and beverage manufacturer following an explosion and subsequent fire at its site, after an uncontrolled increase in temperature in the heat exchanger. We advised the company on its response to and managing of the Fire and Rescue Fire Service investigation. The tactics adopted...

    United Kingdom

    Employee fatality at a manufacturing plant

    Representing one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers in connection with an employee fatality in respect of the Police and Health & Safety Executive criminal investigation, including representation at the interview under caution and the Coroner's Inquest, culminating in a verdict of...

    United Kingdom