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Health & Safety lawyers

Health & Safety is of paramount importance to all businesses. As an increasingly regulated area, every employer must comply with health and safety rules to protect employees, contractors, visitors and the general public. These regulations also put responsibility on all employees, so it is vital that everyone is aware of the relevant legislation.

As an employer, you may need advice on regulatory matters, risk management, corporate governance, enforcement actions, transactional due diligence or claims for compensation.

The CMS Health & Safety Team advises all types of businesses, and has particularly strong expertise in supporting the oil and gas industry. We provide a 24-hour support for emergency incidents and respond quickly to incidents of all types – but particularly in the high-hazard industries.

We are true specialists who understand the commercial context of disputes, and our team is comprised of litigators and international arbitration practitioners.

We regularly advise our clients on health and safety prosecutions, accident inquiries, formal interviews and investigations undertaken by inspectors, corporate manslaughter investigations, inquests and fatal accident inquiries, appeals against improvement and prohibition notices, compliance with UK and European regulatory requirements, drafting corporate safety policies and contract documentation, safety aspects of projects and property management, due diligence in acquisitions, directors and officers personal liabilities, management training courses, personal injury defence and risk management, and training.

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Jan Burgess
Part­ner
Head of Health & Safety
United Kingdom, London
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Jan Burgess heads the Health and Safety team covering the whole of the UK, is a solicitor-advocate, and has practised as a litigator for over 20 years – the vast majority of that has been dedicated t...
Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
On qualification in 2004, Rachel worked as a commercial litigator before later moving into the field of regulatory and professional disciplinary law. Prior to a career in law Rachel established and...
Carl Dray
Carl Dray
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Carl is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution group. Carl, and his team, defend a range of personal injury claims from high value seven figure sum catastrophic claims to smaller claims with either a...
Lukas Rootman
Lukas Rootman
Part­ner
Lawyer
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Lukas Rootman is a Partner in our Environment and Health & Safety team with particular expertise in regulatory matters covering incidents and advisory work. He has extensive advocacy experience and...
Rosalind Morgan
Rosalind Morgan
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Rosalind is a Senior Associate in the Environment, Health & Safety Department.
Jacqueline Redares
Jacqueline Rédarès
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Jacqueline is a Senior Associate in the Health and Safety team.
Timothy Riordan
Tim Riordan
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Tim Riordan is a Senior Associate in the Litigation, Arbitration, Insurance and Employment Group dealing with Defendant Personal Injury and Costs matters.
Esme Saynor
Esme Saynor
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Esme Saynor is an environmental adviser specialising in environment and health and safety matters. She advises and has represented a broad spectrum of clients across sectors and has experience...
Aimie Farmer
Aimie Farmer
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Aimie Farmer is an Associate in the Environmental and Health & Safety team.
Gregor Hayworth
Gregor Hayworth
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Gregor Hayworth is an Associate in the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Department.