Health & Safety Offences
Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.
Why Taylor Law?
Health and safety law is extensive and covers everything from minor compliance matters through to incidents of serious injury and even death.
If your business is faced with a health and safety investigation or an incident has occurred, you should take legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected and that you do not inadvertently damage your case.
Expert legal advice and representation
At Taylor Law we have experience across a wide range of health and safety issues, from compliance through to court cases. We have acted for businesses of all sizes, giving advice and guidance in respect of the law and representation during investigations and prosecutions.
We can work with you to ensure that your business is health and safety compliant as well as defending you in the face of any allegations or charges.
Health and safety investigations
The Health and Safety Executive and local authority inspectors can request a substantial amount of documentation during an investigation. We can work with you to help you present the facts of any incident to the inspectors and collate the documents required, ensuring that we are aware of what is
included. It is important to provide inspectors with the requested information, as failure to do so can be a criminal offence.
Dealing with an investigation can be disruptive to your business and we will do everything we can to move to an early conclusion.
If you are interviewed under caution, we will attend with you and ensure that you are aware of your rights. In the event that you are faced with a court case, we will put together a strong defence on your behalf.
Penalties for breaching health and safety law
There are a range of penalties that can be imposed for breaches of the law. The Health and Safety Executive may seek to withdraw operating approvals, vary licences or issue cautions.
The courts can impose substantial and unlimited fines, depending on the size of your business and the severity of the offence.
You may have personal liability as well as corporate liability. In the most serious offences, the court can also hand down a prison sentence.
Health and safety law is a large area of legislation and can be complex and difficult to manage. At Taylor Law we can advise you on compliance, work with you throughout an investigation and represent you in the event that you are facing prosecution.
We have an excellent track record of success in working with clients in respect of health and safety issues, with expert civil and criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to advise and represent you.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form
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This work is carried out by:
Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor
Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.
Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.
In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.
Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.
In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.
The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:
In guilty plea cases:
– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.
In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:
– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.
As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.
“I used Scott Taylor to represent me when I sued the Police and Successfully won my case. I felt confident going to court as Scott walked me through everything and engaged an amazing barrister on my behalf. It took a while to get there but by god did we get there. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Scott again he knows what he is doing and supports you at all stages.”
Valerie Ann Cadman-Khan