Licensing and Health & Safety
Whether you have a business that needs an alcohol and entertainment licence, or you are seeking to host a temporary event, we can help. We have also been advising clients faced with health and safety enforcement action for public sector and commercial undertakings and their insurers for over 30 years.
The licensing team at Brachers has developed the expertise to advise upon all aspects of licensable activity through our work with a broad range of clients from the hospitality and entertainment industries as well as sports and social clubs, sole trader businesses, individuals and community organisations.
We advise and represent clients upon new applications for a Premises Licence, variations to existing licences, transfers of Premises Licences and other changes (such as a change in DPS). We also advise upon nuisance and other issues affecting licensed premises. Our cross departmental licensing team has the legal expertise and the local knowledge to give you comprehensive support and guidance through the licensing process.
Health & Safety
We have the expertise to advise and represent clients where workplace injuries or fatalities have occurred in an industrial or care home/healthcare setting and on all regulatory and environmental aspects arising from industrial and agricultural activities.
We believe that proactive advice pays dividends in avoiding prosecution or minimising the impact on your organisation and we provide legal and business support to you at the following stages:
- Incident management
- Working with the HSE/Investigator
- Advising (working with outside consultants where applicable) on remedial measures
- Advice on internal investigations and reporting
- Advising on prosecution requests for information
- Attending clients upon formal interviews and giving statements under caution
- Representation in Magistrates’ and Crown Courts
- Representation at Inquests in fatal cases
- Advising on conflicts of interest and separate representation for individuals within organisations
- Advising Directors and Managers on their individual and organisational liability; and
- Advising on consequences with professional disciplinary and regulatory bodies
Recent matters include:
- Advising a major industrial client on HSE investigation when electrical contractor was fatally electrocuted by faulty wiring when fitting air conditioning unit and full representation at the Inquest.
- Advising a multinational building materials company after a worker lost two fingers in an entanglement incident, representation as advocate in the Magistrates’ Court.
- Advice in a pending HSE investigation involving a worker being thrown into sludge during an unblocking procedure.
- Advising farming corporate on request for HSE formal interview after employee fell from a home-made working platform carried by forklift.
- Advice to a well known public school whose staff were being interviewed under caution after grounds staff were electrocuted when erecting rugby posts under a 33KV overhead power cable. We advised throughout the investigation process and represented as advocate in the magistrates’ court.
- Representing one of Europe’s largest boiler manufacturers throughout the investigation process, at Inquest then in the Crown Court in a prosecution arising out of a fatal fall at a construction site.
- Advice to an NHS Trust in relation to potential health and safety/manslaughter prosecutions following outbreak of C.difficile, also in relation to the defence of linked civil claims by relatives and patients.
- Advice to an NHS Trust on a prosecution over use of an incorrect patient sling and hoist combination. Working with the Trust to respond to Improvement Notices and ensure numerous failings identified by HSE were rectified before the matter came to Court. Representing the Trust at Inquest and subsequently accompanying Trust Managers at interview under caution. We provided representation by Counsel on a plea in mitigation and sentencing in the Crown Court.
- Advice to a Mental Health Trust on the prosecution evidence and interviews by the Police considering charges in the context of Health & Safety and Corporate Manslaughter offences where patients have taken their lives as in-patients whilst under the care and management of the Trust Mental Health units as an alleged result of possible systemic failures in risk assessment, observation policies and ligature point risks.
- Representing NHS Trust staff and managers at Inquest and in contemplated prosecution by the HSE for breach of regulations on manual handling and risk assessment and supervision of employees in circumstances where a patient died as a result of a fall from a bathing hoist. Advising throughout the investigation process including attending interviews under caution with Chief Executive.
- Advice to senior managers of an NHS Trust sharing integrated care under Section 75 of the Health Act 1996 with the local authority where corporate manslaughter charges were contemplated on account of death of an elderly resident from infection and serious pressure sore injuries. Representing the Trust and its staff at Inquest and advising on the civil claim brought by the family of the deceased.
- Advising Trust on prosecution by HSE under S3 H&SWA 1974 where a patient suffered serious burn injuries following staff failure in operating a surgical warming blanket. Full support and preparation of mitigation portfolio. Outcome December 2014, Trust fined £160,000 and £100,000 costs.
- Advising and supporting Trust in Prosecution by HSE under S.3 H&SWA 1974 for failures in risk assessment and agency staff supervision where patient suffered fatal injuries following fall from bathing hoist. Outcome May 2015 TBA, pending referral to Crown Court.
Brachers named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in national legal awards
Award win shows Brachers is celebrated nationally for its commitment locally. Read more29/07/15
Brachers shortlisted for national legal award because of dedication to Kent market
Brachers has been shortlisted for the coveted Law Firm of the Year prize at this year’s national Halsbury’s Legal Awards. Award nomination shows Brachers is celebrated nationally for its commitment locally. Read more15/06/15
Maidstone-based Watson Nevill solicitors joins Brachers
Brachers announces it has acquired Maidstone-based solicitors Watson Nevill, introducing new members across the commercial property and family teams. Read more07/05/15
Brachers sponsors Kent Excellence in Business Awards
For the third successive year, Brachers has been searching for the best land-based business in Kent as part of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA). Read more10/03/15
Five senior appointments at Brachers
Brachers has expanded its Private Client, Commercial Property and Commercial teams with five senior appointments. Read more19/02/15
Brachers increases revenues and pre-tax profits in ‘extremely tough’ economic conditions
First featured in Insider Magazine and Kent Business, February 2015. Brachers watched revenues and pre-tax profits grow last year following an expansion into a new office and some high profile deals. Read more
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