Carson McDowell is a leading provider of legal advice in the specialist area of health and safety in Northern Ireland.
Health and safety is a complex topic and an issue that affects all businesses from sole traders to multi-national companies and individuals. If the worst happens and your company faces a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation, police or local authority, it is vital to obtain specialist legal advice from the outset in order to protect your organisations’ position. At Carson McDowell, our expert health and safety solicitors can help you to proactively manage risks and provide expert advice following an incident.
When accidents occur, it can be vital that the right choices are made straight away. Our team is skilled in providing a 24/7 crisis response service in relation to investigations by the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, local authorities and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
We understand the impact that health and safety incidents can have on organisations and their employees. We have provided advice and support to businesses and individuals at any stage following a health and safety incident, from initial investigations through to any criminal or civil court process or coroner’s inquest.
Our Health and Safety team frequently works with other departments to ensure a full service for clients. This can include assistance with associated civil claims, employment and GDPR queries.
With the benefit of experience from advising when it has gone wrong, our team is well-placed to provide compliance advice on health and safety matters to your business or organisation. We understand the move towards a simpler application of health and safety law; therefore, our aim is to offer sound, commercial legal advice that is sensible and pragmatic.
We can provide advice on compliance with the regulatory framework for health and safety, including advising on technical queries and policy reviews. We also regularly conduct health and safety due diligence in the context of corporate or property transactions.
Carson McDowell is a member of the Northern Ireland Safety Group and the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association. We are also delighted to be an affiliate member of the Farm Safety Partnership Scheme which aims to promote farm safety in Northern Ireland.
If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, please get in touch today.
Acting for companies in relation to investigations and prosecutions for health and safety offences in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
Acting for companies that have been charged with corporate manslaughter.
Acting for companies in relation to appeals of prohibition and improvement notices.
Acting for an individual who was interviewed as part of a health and safety investigation.
Acting for companies (as ‘Properly Interested Persons’) in relation to inquests in the Coroner’s Court.
Advising in relation to a variety of health and safety policies and compliance queries including the overlapping duties of landlords and tenants, managing asbestos, drugs and alcohol, and display screen equipment.
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"Ashleigh Birkett is very knowledgeable on regulatory matters and she is a very good communicator."