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



HSLA Annual Conference 2022

HSLA Annual Conference 2022 Presentations Friday 20 May 2022, Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge, London. Inquests, Inquiries and Public Expectations Sophie Cartwright QC, Deans Court Chambers, ManchesterIsabelle Mitchell, Legal Director, Eversheds Sutherland Download PDF HSE’s new strategy and approach to regulation and enforcement in a post COVID world Philip White HSE – Director of Regulation Download

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Insights into the Inquests arising from the Croydon Tram Disaster

HSLA Webinar 3 March, 2022 The HSLA member event discussed the Inquests into the Croydon Tram Disaster. On 9 November 2016, at about 06.07 hrs a tram derailed and overturned at a sharp bend known as the Sandilands curve. This catastrophic event, resulting in seven fatalities, was the worst accident to occur on a British

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Building Safety and Fire Safety Webinar

Building Safety and Fire Safety Webinar9 December, 2021Speakers’Sean ElsonPartner, Pinsent MasonsKatherine MetcalfeLegal Director, Pinsent MasonsThe event outlined the recent developments relating to building and fire safety reform.Sean and Katherine discussed the recent publication of draft regulations intended to support the Building Safety Bill.These include not only provisions relating to “Higher-Risk” buildings but also the new

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Gross negligence manslaughter in 2021: a study of R v MPM

Gross negligence manslaughter in 2021: a study of R v MPM HSLA Webinar 23 September, 2021 Speakers: Prashant Popat QC, Henderson Chambers Oliver Campbell QC, Henderson Chambers Richard Crockford, Clyde & Co Chaired by Tim Hill, HSLA events lead Summary Prashant Popat QC, Oliver Campbell QC and Christopher Adams, of Henderson Chambers, instructed by Richard

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The Lost Cause? The Bosley Mill Explosion Trial

The Lost Cause? The Bosley Mill Explosion Trial HSLA Webinar. 20th July 2021Webinar Host Amy Sadro, HSLA Vice Secretary and Member of the HSLA Events Committee Image courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Dominic Kay QC, Simon Antrobus QC , Malcolm Galloway and Mark Balysz from Crown Office Chambers provide an insight into the legal arguments

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Trust me, I’m an expert…

Trust me, I’m an expert… A team from Finch Consulting comprising Sue Dearden and professional experts Dr Steve Cowley and Melvin Sandell discussed:the key differences between requirements for experts and their evidence in the civil and criminal courts;how experts might assist with a reasonable practicability defence, with sentencing band allocation and with mitigation;what to look

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