Your duties as an employer are extremely important. You have a duty of care to your employees and you must take all reasonable and practical steps to ensure their safety at work. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, along with many other statutes and regulations, protect employees. Failure to comply with these statutes, or with your duty of care, can result in expensive and lengthy litigation.
Direct Barristers works closely with a number of skilled and experienced experts in the field of Health and Safety. We can connect you with a specialist Barrister who will be able to advise you on all aspects of Health and Safety, from policies and protocols, through to investigations, and through to defending your business and/or staff against any prosecution.
Prevention is better than cure, and it is often better to have systems in place and ensure your business is protected against prosecution. By allowing Direct Barristers to find you the best representation in the event of an investigation taking place. We can find you a Barrister who is able to review all of your current systems and ensure effective compliance with the law.
Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into workplace accidents can be intrusive and disruptive to your business. You can minimise or avoid completely, any negative impact on your business.
In the worse case scenario, and if your business and/or staff were to find themselves facing criminal prosecution, we can provide you with experienced and robust counsel to prepare and mount your defence.
The whole process of policies, investigations and prosecutions involves many different stages and counsel can assist you with all of them including the following:
- Site investigations
- Varying licences, conditions or exemptions
- The withdrawal of approvals
- Interviews, including those conducted under PACE
- Enforcement notices
- Reviews of policies and protocols
- Information and advice
- Defending prosecutions