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Barbour webinar: April 2018 Legislation update

Every April and October, Barbour and SHP Online deliver a legislation update webinar looking back on recent changes, and forward to upcoming ones.

Health and safety law and securing compliance remains to be an ever important and far reaching area, particularly now in light of unlimited and ever increasing fines. Specialist regulatory law practitioners, Anne Davies, Partner of Gunner Cooke and Emma Evans, Associate of Pinsent Masons, will take a look at and consider some of the more recent changes. They will also be joined by Howard Pullman, Business Development Director at Cority.

Topics covered include: 

  • Significant legislative changes or developments – what you need to know in order to secure compliance;
  • Privilege – current legal landscape, practical implications, and best practice;
  • Enforcement Notices – supreme court’s recent decision in Chevron and practical implications for duty holders;
  • ISO 45001 – new international standard and its implications;
  • Recent sentencing trends and appeals – update on sentencing case law.

To register for the webinar taking place on Thursday 26th April 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (BST), please click here.

Speaker Bios:

Anne Davies 
Gunnercooke LLP

Davies is a Business crime specialist. She has handled a broad range of regulatory investigations over the last 20 years, assisting both companies and individuals to minimise the risk facing them through criminal and civil liabilities arising from internal or external investigations. She has the knowledge and resources to work on domestic and international business crime litigation matters including bribery and corruption, environmental crimes; health and Safety; product safety; white collar crime.

Davies is particularly well known for her ability to advise Boards of Directors. She has developed a range of training programmes and tools to help Directors understand their responsibilities, and understand how to deal with crisis situations should they occur. She runs an innovative training programme which involves coaching Directors undergoing a simulated interview under caution, so participants can experience the reality of an external criminal investigation. Clients and peers praise her practical and proactive approach in providing this Board-level advice.

Davies advises on proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Health and Safety Executive, Food Standards Agency, Local Authority, Environment Agency, Trading Standards, the police and HMRC. She has developed a particular specialism in providing strategic health and safety advice, covering health, product and fire safety. She has been involved in many of the major health and safety cases of the last decade, including having defended McDonalds against group litigation in the now famous ‘Hot Drinks’ litigation, which remains one of the leading decisions under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. She wins praise from market sources who say she has ‘…good judgement, a sound grasp of the relevant legal principles and a very good relationship with the HSE.


Howard Pullman 
Business Development Director 

Pullman is Business Development Director at Cority, covering UK, Spain, Italy and the GCC. Pullman is NEBOSH qualified and has over 10 years experience working in the HSE industry. Before joining Cority, he held positions as Strategic Account Director for a Compliance organisation, Commercial Manager for a Sustainability Practice, and Business Development Director for a health, safety, environmental and risk management consultancy.

Cority Software – Cority (formerly Medgate) is the most trusted EHSQ software for assuring client success. Cority enables organisations to utilise Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) software solutions to advance their journey to sustainability and operational excellence.


Emma Evans
Health and safety solicitor
Pinsent Masons LLP

Evans is a specialist health and safety solicitor within the Regulatory Team based in Manchester. She advises on a range of regulatory issues within health and safety, data protection, transport and coronial law. Her areas of practice apply across various sectors including retail, construction, transport, logistics, infrastructure and manufacturing.

Evans regularly advises clients under active investigation by the Police, HSE, Local Authorities EHO and/or other Regulators following workplace incidents, including fatalities. Her expertise is in advising and representing clients in relation to criminal proceedings, having defended in Magistrates’ and Crown Courts across the breadth of the UK and frequently attending with clients at Police and Criminal Evidence Act interviews under caution.

Evans conducts advocacy in the lower courts and when representing clients at Coroners’ inquests.

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