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 £60.00 per person. The HSLA membership year is the calendar year -- from January to December. There is no reduction for joining part way 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 Join Us page.



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HSLA Administrator

Hilary Riddle
43 Howard Street
Oxford OX4 3AY
Telephone: 01865 790777
Mobile: 07891 592747


The importance of obtaining expert evidence on the ‘likelihood of harm’

Latest court of appeal decision underlines the importance of obtaining expert evidence on the ‘likelihood of harm’ when responding to a health and safety prosecution By:  Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal, Turnstone Law, 7 March 2019 If your client is prosecuted for a health and safety breach, your main focus will be whether to defend the prosecution

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Article Links January 2019

January 2019 Time for a health and safety Spring clean? HSE launch their 2019 inspection initiatives – farming and agriculture in the HSE’s spotlight. Link to article Jack Baumgardt Ashfords LLP New sentencing guidelines for ‘medical manslaughter’; including the wider circumstances. Link to article  Gemma Brannigan Clyde & Co HSE farm inspections underway.

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Chief Coroner’s Guidance 30

Chief Coroners Guidance #30 Since the appointment of the first Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC in2012, a number of guidance documents have been produced to assist coroners around thecountry and to provide an element of continuity throughout the coronial jurisdiction. Dated29th January 2019, His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC, the current Chief

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HSLA Product Safety Talk OC and TRS

Product Safety: Criminal Liability for unsafe products. Oliver Campbell QC & Toby Riley-Smith QC Topics Product Safety Legislationtc Act 1974 Sentencing principles Other drivers for product manufacturers and suppliers Civil claims Reputational damage Product Safety Regulation EU’s Two-tiered approach Sector Specific (or Sectoral) Safety Regulations General Product Safety Regulations 2005 Sectoral Safety Regulations Scope 20+

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