Health and Safety

I am able to assist with issues arising from alleged breaches of health and safety law. As an experienced health and safety barrister, I am a member of the health and safety team at 6 Pump Court Chambers, a set consistently regarded as a band 1 set in health and safety law and was voted health and Safety Set of the Year 2013. Areas covered include prosecutions by the HSE or by local authorities across the whole spectrum of industries and environments.

Nothing – not even the most vigilant efforts of the most committed employer – will completely prevent accidents from happening in the workplace. If an employee should be injured in the course of their work, it is important to properly understand the issue of employer liability.

Employers are legally obliged to provide their employees with a safe environment in which to work, so far as is reasonably possible. As a result, they must take steps to minimise hazards, ensure that employees have all necessary protections, and to safeguard their health. If an employee is injured or develops a health condition as a result of their work and it’s decided that their employer did not do all they should have to prevent it, then fines are commonplace. These can be hefty, and in extreme cases even imprisonment can be a possibility, so this may well be where you require the services of health and safety solicitors or a similarly qualified and experienced barrister such as myself.

However, it’s obviously neither reasonable nor possible to create a completely risk-free environment and some jobs are just inherently dangerous. It’s difficult to work out ahead of time where employer responsibilities end and the unavoidable nature of some accidents begin.

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I am well-versed in health and safety law and issues of employer liability. As a fully-qualified and experienced health and safety barrister, I can help you work out exactly how far you should be going to safeguard the health and wellbeing of your employees, and identify any extra steps you can take to minimise risk and ensure that if any accidents do occur then it is not the fault of the business. I offer the same services as traditional health and safety solicitors, however I can act as your health and safety barrister and represent you in court.

If an accident and injury has occurred and the prospect of litigation is looming, it is definitely in your best interests and those of the company to seek expert advice. As your health and safety barrister, I will be able to help you understand the process ahead and assess the evidence that the prosecuting authority has collected. Much in the same way as health and safety solicitors, I will also be able to help you build up evidence of your own to combat the prosecution’s case.

In short, I am able to advise and assist your business in all matters of health and safety law, in the same way that conventional health and safety lawyers do. I can help you take steps to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place and reduce or eliminate your liability for any injuries that do occur. If an accident has taken place in spite of your efforts to prevent it, I can offer you the services of Health and Safety lawyers to help you mount an effective case to limit or eliminate your liability in the eyes of the law.

If you are concerned about litigation or already facing it, and you require the services of an experienced health and safety barrister, please contact my clerk and ask for Stuart Jessop on 0207 797 8408 or


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Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a landlord in a prosecution by the London Borough of Camden under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004, alleging that the property was a house in multiple occupation, requiring to be licensed under part 2 of the Act but which...

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I met Stuart when I was on the opposing side in a recent licensing appeal. Since that time Woods Whur have instructed him in matters, in the most recent of which he won and had costs awarded in our client's favour. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Mr. P Whur, London

Mr Jessop is excellent at identifying the issue, asking relevant questions and setting out the way forward. He is friendly & approachable at all times and puts clients at ease. He elicits and analyses the evidence and advises clients clearly on the prospects of success. We recommend Mr Jessop to clients without hesitation.

Mr. G Hopkins, London

It’s not often you meet someone as tenacious as Mr Jessop. He is committed, efficient and persuasive and possess all of the qualities you could wish for from your lawyer. He is positive where others are negative, he shows dogged determination to deliver the right result for his client. I have no hesitation in recommending him - top class.

Mr. D Rogers, London

Stuart Jessop, counsel, has covered a number of difficult Licensing applications through Sanders Solicitors, including Hearings before Licensing Committees and Appeal Hearings in the Magistrates' Court. Clients have always been complementary of Mr. Jessop's advocacy and advice. He easily grasps the issues at hand and is readily forthcoming with advice on LW, Practice and Procedure.

Mr. C Turner, London

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