The courts are continuing to issue heavy fines to ensure penalties have a real financial impact on offenders, writes Alison McAteer

Solicitors and their clients know the importance of health and safety within a business. Failing to comply with H&S legislation can have significant consequences – from negative publicity, to the most serious cases of injury (or death) of an individual and a subsequent personal injury claim.

As well as the obvious harm and upset caused by such incidents, it is also important to consider the economic implications. These can include the costs of investigating a claim, defending a court action, or increased insurance premiums. In addition, insurers and clients must increasingly be aware of the risk of prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, and the pote...

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