Health, Safety and Environment

"The employment/health and safety department of this firm is dynamic both in the make up of its personnel and the commitment they show to clients. They are a modern, forward looking and diverse team with broad experience of a wide range of employment and health and safety matters."

Legal 500 UK 2022

"Excellent at defending directors or individuals prosecuted for health and safety and regulatory offences.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

"Would I use this firm if I or a member of my family was in trouble? Absolutely, yes! They would probably be the first firm I would go to.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

"The firm has an established health and safety practice with strength in depth. Its client base is broad, which is reflected in the fact that it can draw on the experience of partners in other regulatory fields."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Accidents can occur suddenly and unexpectedly.  Those caught up in them can find themselves bewildered by what follows as investigators seek to establish cause and to apportion blame.

With the statutory offence of corporate manslaughter now well established,  sentencing guidelines suggesting fines for companies measured in millions of pounds, and custodial sentences available for those convicted of breach of health and safety regulations, the stakes have never been higher for individuals and companies caught up in such cases.

We can provide clear advice on a process that can be complex and may have far-reaching consequences.

Whether representation is needed in an interview under caution, in court proceedings, or just behind the scenes to provide support through the provision of advice, Kingsley Napley has the experience to provide reassurance and assistance to ensure our clients achieve the very best results.

With a proven track record in litigation and regulation, and a wealth of experience representing companies of all sizes, we are uniquely placed to advise companies and individuals in relation to such investigations and prosecutions. Representation is provided by solicitors in our criminal department with support from our Regulatory, Dispute Resolution and Employment teams when needed.

We have experience dealing with the Police, The Health and Safety Executive , Coroner's Inquiries, The Environment Agency , Fire and Rescue authorities, The Marine Accident Investigation Branch , The Civil Aviation Authority, The Air Accident Investigation Branch  as well as local authority enforcement departments.

what clients and directories have said

Jonathan Grimes leads the 'excellent' team at Kingsley Napley LLP, which 'has real expertise defending individuals and directors charged with health and safety offences' and is increasingly acting for corporate clients."

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Jonathan Grimes of Kingsley Napley LLP is an experienced lawyer with specialist expertise in health and safety. He offers advice and representation to individuals and businesses regarding investigation, prosecutions and inquests."

Chambers UK 2017

Kingsley Napley LLP’s health and safety team is part of the firm’s wider criminal practice, and defends individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions."

Legal 500, 2017

Kingsley Napley LLP’s practice sits within the firm’s ‘truly excellent criminal law practice’ and represents clients in prosecutions and criminal investigations. Jonathan Grimes is ‘a great criminal lawyer with a clear understanding of health and safety’."

Legal 500

Jonathan Grimes has much experience in acting for major corporate clients in relation to accidental death cases. Clients say he provides 'first-class, tactical advice'."

Legal 500

Pioneers in the area, with a wealth of expertise."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

They are pragmatic in the approach they take."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession



Fire Safety Law

Breaches of Fire Safety Regulations can result in significant fines, serious damage to reputation and custodial sentences, the stakes are high.

Environmental Crime

Established in 1996, the Environment Agency (EA) is one of the principle regulators responsible for the enforcement of environmental law and the prosecution of environmental crime in England.

Criminal Litigation

Our criminal lawyers are astute, supportive and highly sophisticated, particularly known for providing strategic, sensible and practical advice.


When an individual or company is faced with a criminal or regulatory investigation we manage every step of the process.

Police Station Representation and Advice

Our team includes specialist police station advisers. We are proactive in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies.

Directors and Officers

In the current economic climate, directors and officers are under more scrutiny than ever before in their duties to companies, shareholders and employees.

Public Inquiries

The team is consistently recognised for its public inquiry expertise, with over 25 years experience in all the major inquiries.


Our team has an established record of representing families, organisations, other interested persons and witnesses at inquests.

Health, Safety and Environment Insights

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Environmental Law Quarterly Update - Q2 2021

Fire Safety Act and Draft Building Safety Bill – what will they mean for those working in the built environment?

R v Wood Treatment Limited - corporate manslaughter and the challenge of proving causation

Environmental Law Quarterly Update - Q1 2021

Arrests of care home workers following COVID-19 outbreaks: a review of criminal liability

Sentencing environmental offences: Reflections on the Thames Water £2.3m fine

Thames Water fined for “entirely foreseeable” pollution

National Grid fined £4 million for incomplete records

Return to sender: Illegal waste exports are returned to the UK

Care home ordered to pay £167,670 for health and safety breaches

Crown Censure for the MoD after health and safety failings

Directors disqualified following history of health and safety and waste law breaches

Companies in hot water: environmental performance deteriorates further

Recycling firm charged with corporate manslaughter

COVID-19: Can you be prosecuted for opening your shop?

Returning to work and COVID-19: Could employers face health and safety prosecutions for infections in the workplace?

The Fire Safety Bill: Greater clarity on the duties of the Responsible Person?

Fire Safety: How does a Director avoid becoming an irresponsible ‘Responsible Person’?

Government launches consultation on building and fire safety reforms

The Notre-Dame Fire: safeguarding our historic buildings

Health and Safety Sentencing – Three years on and now for the bad news…

“Improving transparency and integrity of information”- The impact of the Golden Thread on Principal Designers and Principal Contractors

New sentencing regime for gross negligence manslaughter now in force

Tougher sentences to come for Gross Negligence Manslaughter

“A principled outcomes-based approached with a clear model of risk ownership”

The Justice Committee’s report on the Sentencing Council’s draft guidelines on manslaughter

Fire Safety: Is a company director also a ‘responsible person’?

Health and Safety: Prosecutions of directors on the rise.

Has Fire Regulation in our Schools become lax?

Three companies convicted of corporate manslaughter in a week

Guilty pleasures – securing a reduction in sentence for guilty pleas in health & safety cases

Health and Safety Executive consults on fee for intervention disputes

Health and Safety Sentencing a year on from the new guidelines – What’s changed?

A new criminal offence for corporates that fail to prevent human rights abuses?

The HSE publishes its business plan for 2017/18

Arrow Recycling fined in Health and Safety Executive prosecution for cardboard crushing

Thames Water receives record £20m fine for polluting rivers

Increased prosecutions of individuals and more prison sentences in health and safety cases

Construction sector: MPs debate fatal accidents

Health Care sector feels brunt of new rules

Reducing sentences for guilty pleas – a new proposed Guideline

Corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety sentencing guidelines published

New Sentencing Health and Safety and Corporate Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines - Massive increase in fines for medium and large companies expected

Risky business: Money laundering and the City

Care Home charged with Corporate Manslaughter

Publicity Order and prison sentence in latest corporate manslaughter case

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