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 partway through the year because HSLA events are free to members or heavily subsidised by HSLA.

HSLA EVENTS

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.

HSLA RESOURCES

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

Recent documents include:

  • Inquests, Inquiries and Public Expectations
  • HSE’s new strategy and approach to regulation and enforcement in a post COVID world
  • Appealing Enforcement Notices

You can join HSLA online via our Membership page.

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    17 May
    17/05/2024    
    1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Annual HSLA dinner and conference CONFERENCE AND COMBINED TICKETS NOW ON SALE! DINNER OPTION SOLD OUT A FEW CONFERENCE ONLY PLACES AVAILABLE To join the [...]
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    KNOWLEDGE

    Human factors and the interlink between organisational culture, mental health, mindset and human error.

    Professor Tim Marsh discusses “Human factors and the interlink between organisational culture, mental health, mindset and human error.” In-person and Online Event held at the DWF Birmingham office. 24 April, 2024 Professor Tim Marsh PhD, MSc, CFIOSH, CPsychol, SFIIRSM is Managing Director of Anker and Marsh and Visiting Professor at Plymouth University. He is considered

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    Important Lessons from the Shoreham Air Crash Inquest

    Important Lessons from the Shoreham Air Crash Inquest Gerard Forlin KC (counsel for the families of the deceased) and Keith Morton KC (counsel for the Civil Aviation Authority)  discussed legal issues arising out of the inquest into the 11 deaths that occurred on the A27 during the Shoreham Airshow on 22 August 2015. Topics included:

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    Do recent environmental fines show us the future for health and safety cases?

    Recording of ‘Do recent environmental fines show us the future for health and safety cases? held at Eversheds Sutherland, and online on Thursday 30 November 2023. Chair: Amy Sadro, Eversheds Sutherland Speakers:Sailesh Mehta, Red Lion ChambersLisa Roberts KC, Lincoln House ChambersDominic Kay KC, Crown Office Chambers In recent years there have been fines of £20 million

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    Will Organisations ever find favour with the Court of Appeal?

    Recording of the HSLA Event held on 18 October 2023 at Kennedys offices, London Whilst the Sentencing Guideline on health and safety offences provides a level of certainty for micro to large companies this does not exist for very large organisations and we have seen fines increasing for VLO’s. When these sentences have been appealed,

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    HSLA Annual Conference 2023 Presentations

    Presentation PDFs. Click to  Download: Sarah Mallagh Simon Joyston-Bechal Arcadia shared slides Simon Antrobus – Mike Atkins Austin Stoton James Ageros Valerie Charbit Valerie Charbit slides A view from the Building Safety Regulator With parts of the Building Safety Act already in force and far wider implications for building owners that were perhaps first thought,

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