Continually ranked as national leaders in the field of health and safety defence we are praised for our focus on risk analysis, commercial understanding and a breadth of expertise across sectors and industries.
Our nationwide team includes over 20 lawyers including an ex HSE prosecutor. The team also benefits from support from paralegals and access to a range of Consultants through DWF Resource, giving us the ability to service clients across the country and in the aftermath of any scale of event or incident.
Our regulatory expertise is recognised as decisive, detailed and proactive and we provide support and advice throughout cases to corporate bodies AND individuals:
Our leading Crisis Response Service and MyCrisis provide 24/7 peace of mind, should you or your business face a regulatory investigation. We protect you and your business' legal rights, help you support traumatised employees in the aftermath of tragic accidents and contain adverse media attention.
The Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences (introduced in February 2016) have shaken up the regulatory landscape for both Corporate defendants and Individual defendants, seeing a rise in fines generally, £1million plus fines becoming commonplace, and a rise in the number and length of custodial sentences. Learn more about how these changes impact you by viewing our Sentencing Guidelines webinar.
Now more than ever we are here to support you in the event of a crisis: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Joanne Frew, National Head of Employment at global legal services business DWF, provides commentary on the Prime Minister's announcement in the reduction of the 2-metre distance rule and what this means for employers.
A cruise operator has been found to have acted lawfully when it stood down a marine superintendent and 106 other employees, after transferring some of their duties to the 50% of staff that were not stood down.
"Even in the pandemic, we want to make it possible for industry and medium-sized companies to work as safely as possible. Employers have a special responsibility for their employees to protect them from infections," said the German Chancellor and the heads of the federal states' governments on May 6, 2020, in a resolution to further relax measures to contain the COVID 19 pandemic. With the relaxation of measures, employers are faced with the increasing pressure of meeting their responsibilities to ensure the health of their employees.
Following the workplace safety principles released by National Cabinet in late April, Safe Work Australia (SWA) has continued to develop their online hub to be a one-stop-shop for pandemic-specific safety needs for large employers, small businesses and workers.
After the Nation's public and press has focused heavily on the risks within social care, this week the Government published their COVID-19 adult social care action plan. This article examines the key theme of PPE provision.
Yesterday, new government guidance was issued for care home admissions during the COVID-19 outbreak. The care sector will be expected to play a vital role in accepting patients from hospitals during this pandemic, ensuring hospitals have enough beds to treat acutely sick patients.
To help companies which are developing technology solutions to help predict, mitigate or contain the spread of COVID-19, we have compiled a checklist of points to consider.
We take a look at how businesses must adapt to changes in regulatory behaviours throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the wake of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, employers across Australia and the world are navigating an ever changing landscape of issues for their businesses. From a workers' compensation perspective, employers should be alive to the risks that flow from employees contracting the virus.