Fire Safety Law

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 became law in October 2006 and changed the way that the fire safety of buildings is managed and enforced.

Since October 2006, every company in England and Wales has been under a duty to carry out a risk assessment to ensure compliance with Fire Safety Regulations in accordance with the Order.  Breaches of the order can result in significant fines, custodial sentences and serious damage to reputation, the stakes are high.

With a proven track record in litigation and regulation, and experience representing both fire and rescue authorities and those prosecuted under the Fire Safety Order, we are uniquely placed to advise authorities, public bodies, companies and individuals in relation to such investigations, prosecutions and appeals as well as on issues of compliance and liability.  

Representation is provided by lawyers in our Regulatory and Criminal departments with support from Dispute Resolution, Public Law and Employment teams.

We can provide the following support:

By involving us from the earliest stage we can advise you on what course of action is best suited to your particular circumstances.

If you require assistance and discuss the options that are available to you, please contact Jonathan Grimes or Hannah Eales 

in the press


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

Hannah Eales is a rising star who has significant experience in fire safety law and regularly lectures and blogs on the subject.’

Legal 500, 2020

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 

Fire Safety Law Insights

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Fire Safety Bill Ping Pong – When will the Bill reach match point?

The Fire Safety Bill: Extending the scope of the Fire Safety Order

The Hackitt Review- Two years on

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’?

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