The Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association


Who we are?

The Health and Safety Lawyers' Association (HSLA) is the professional association for prosecution and defence solicitors, barristers and lawyers who practice in and areas associated with health and safety law. We currently have over 650 members across the UK.


What we do

We run a comprehensive programme of events throughout the year and across the UK with the aim of sharing knowledge and good practice amongst our members.


Become a member

Our aims and objectives include: To act as thought leaders and shape the development of health and safety law and issues effecting the enforcement and court process associated with it. To further research and educate and train its members; and to promote the expertise of its members in dealing with issues of health and safety law.


How to join?

The subscription for HSLA membership is £30.00 per person. The HSLA membership year is the calendar year -- from January to December. There is no reduction for joining partway through the year because HSLA events are free to members or heavily subsidised by HSLA.


We run a comprehensive programme of events throughout the year and across the UK with the aim of sharing knowledge and good practice amongst our members.

Our events focus on topical issues and key cases in health and safety law and are delivered by experts in this field. 

Every year we hold an annual conference and dinner. As well as being attended by a number of our members and non-members, we also host key influencers in the world of health and safety including from The Health and Safety Executive, Crown Prosecution Service, British Safety Council, Institute of Directors, IOSH and Trades Union Congress and others.


One of the benefits of being a HSLA member is access to our resources. Most of our resources are downloadable in PDF format.

Recent documents include:

  • Building a Safer Future – Independent Review of Building Regulations & Fire Safety
  • Legal Professional Privilege & HSE Investigations
  • HM Inspector of Health and Safety v Chevron North Sea Ltd

You can join HSLA online via our Membership page.



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Anna McNeil, Secretariat HSLA



Covid-19 and the law relating to food

Covid-19 and the law relating to food The presentation from the webinar broadcast on 16 September, 2020 Although it is highly unlikely that people can contract Covid-19 from food or food packaging, the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the food supply chain from production through to retail. This has increased the risks

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COVID-19. Notification for Members

COVID-19. Notification for Members Dear HSLA Members, On behalf of the Committee, we hope you and your loved ones are all well and safe, and remain so. It seems ironic that when the Committee met for its Annual Strategy Day on 6 February, we were discussing whether firms might impose any travel restrictions on their

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The Courts and Risk: A case of “I’m sorry I haven’t a clue”?

Summary of the presentation given by Dr Louise Smail and Mike Appleby of Fisher Scoggins Waters at DAC Beachcroft 23rd January 2020 The Presentation The 2016 Sentencing Guideline observes that health and safety offences are concerned with failures to manage risks to health and safety.  Yet neither the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

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HSLA Annual Conference 2019 Panel Discussion & Seminar Slides

HSLA Annual Conference and Dinner, Fishmongers’ Hall, 22nd November, 2019. The future landscape for wellbeing, stress, mental health and its regulation Mary Lawrence, Osborne Clarke and Amy Sadro, Eversheds. Mary Lawrence, Osborne Clarke Amy Sadro, Eversheds Click to view ‘The future landscape for wellbeing, stress, mental health and its regulation.’ Regulation of Public Service Vehicles

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The Development of Sentencing Guidelines for offences arising out of work and trends in their application

Presentation by Sir Colman Treacy & Oliver Campbell QC from the HSLA event at Henderson Chambers 17th October, 2019 The evening had two short seminars:  The Development of the Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter” by Sir Colman Treacy. Trends in the application of the Sentencing Guidelines” by

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