Ranked in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, Rod is highly rated as a lawyer who "stands out as offering commercial, sensible and accomplished advice." Rod is retained as partner of choice by a significant number of FTSE 100 and global businesses (particularly in the waste, energy, construction, manufacturing, infrastructure and rail sectors) in relation to their most high profile and sensitive matters which are often reported in the national press. Clients effuse about Rod's ability to "make a complex subject easy to understand" and that he is "masterful on the tactical nuances of the case and very astute in terms of keeping options open for the client". In his dealings with regulators, Rod is renowned for his measured yet robust approach, and is a tactically savvy lawyer who knows how to win cases.
As a partner in Clyde & Co’s nationally recognised Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Regulatory team, Rod's areas of expertise include:
- Health and safety
- Corporate and gross negligence manslaughter
- Fire safety
- Trading law
- Food safety
- Coroner’s inquests
With over twenty years' experience in this area, Rod regularly represents individuals and businesses from all industry sectors under investigation – including at police interviews under caution – and prosecution by regulators such as the Health and Safety Executive, the Police, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, local authorities, the Fire Service and water utility companies. Rod also provides "upstream" compliance advice working closely with clients' SHE and Legal Departments.
Rod is an accomplished trainer and speaker in his areas of expertise to industry as well as to his own clients.