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Health & Safety

United Kingdom

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 & gas, waste and mining sectors. We provide 24-hour support for emergency incidents and respond quickly to incidents of all types – but particularly in the high-hazard industries.

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, fire safety regulation, 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.

We have significant experience advising in the waste, mining, oil & gas and real estate sectors.

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“Punchy, timely, real world and on point advice."

Legal 500

"Outstanding service" which "inspires confidence in times of internal pressure and stress."

Legal 500

"It's a very strong team, and I rate them very highly indeed."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"The service I get from CMS is excellent and I enjoy the team dynamic."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"Great strength in depth."

Legal 500, 2020

"exceptional" and "extremely knowledgeable and able.".

Legal 500, 2018

‘shows great attention to detail.’

Legal 500, 2017

'CMS’ practice has significant experience in a wide range of environment, and health and safety matters.'

Legal 500, 2017
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26 June 2020
Con­sent­ing and Real Es­tate Con­sid­er­a­tions for De­vel­op­ing Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects
Con­sent­ing and Real Es­tate Con­sid­er­a­tions for De­vel­op­ing Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects pub­lic­a­tion from CMS. Find out more.
17 June 2020
Health and Safety News­let­ter June 2020
Health and Safety News­let­ter June 2020 from CMS. Find out more.
CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
With only a month to go un­til the ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the EU, today, we are launch­ing a series of eas­ily di­gest­ible check­lists cov­er­ing a broad range of in­dustry areas to guide you through what a Brexit could really mean for your busines