Health & Safety, Environmental & Inquests

Our specialist Health & Safety, Environmental & Inquests team brings together criminal lawyers, specialist investigators, mines & minerals and landed estates experts as well as former regulators to provide a comprehensive prevention and cure approach to this increasingly tightly regulated area.

From accidents to chemical spills and everything in between, Knights provides expert assistance in supporting and defending individuals who can also be held criminally liable following regulatory intervention.  We also have a dedicated inquest team which handles the most sensitive, complex and high profile cases to provide a personal and sensitive service to the conclusion of the inquest.

Our areas of expertise


  • bespoke risk assessments and audits
  • review and drafting of all required compliance policies
  • tailored training for boards, directors and key employees covering all aspects of relevant compliance 
  • procurement compliances support

Investigations & advice:

  • conducting confidential investigations on behalf of individuals in the wake of a potential breach
  • advising you on your liabilities and obligations in the aftermath of an event or accident
  • HR support in dealing with employments issues arising

Corporate Defence

  • support to ensure business continuity during and after a dawn raid
  • advising and representing following a receipt of an invitation to attend interview
  • conducting an investigation on your behalf to enable you to defend yourself should you be accused of impropriety
  • liaison with regulatory bodies
  • representation and advice throughout the criminal / regulatory enforcement process


  • complex jury and Article 2 inquests
  • deaths in custody
  • cases with the potential for unlawful killing conclusions
  • neglect cases
  • clinical failures, traumatic injuries and disease
  • conducting serious investigation reviews and reports
  • management of press and media coverage

Key contacts

Tom Cleary Partner T:01782 349536 M:07464 547398
Andrea James Partner T:01625 704123 M:07464 549168
Oliver Wright Senior Associate T:01625 704120 M:07436 161728