1. Tell us about a day in the life of a H&S lawyer.

No two days are the same, which is one of the things I enjoy about being a health and safety lawyer. A day can include delivering training to a client's senior management team on their health and safety responsibilities, and how prosecutions or civil claims might follow an incident; or, it can be desk-based, drafting advice to a client in a particular case, or carrying out due diligence on a company's health and safety paperwork. And the clients we work with are varied too, ranging from rural businesses and charities, to construction companies, leisure businesses and retailers.

2. What are the benefits to clients of having our Health and Safety app?

The app is a quick, go-to resource for any clients who have a health and safety incident or a visit from a regulator, and are unsure of what might be involved. It's simple to use, and can be downloaded to a phone, tablet or computer, so it's available wherever you are, in your business or out on site – and best of all, it's free!

3. What three things can't you live without to do your job?

Firstly, a notepad. When an incident occurs, or a client asks for advice, gathering information, in as much detail as possible, from the outset is important to have the full picture and give tailored, practical advice.

Secondly, teamwork. Health and safety incidents can mean a very urgent response is needed, and working with others is essential to respond quickly, and give the client support.

And finally, a cuppa. Whether that's when you're working through a difficult problem and need a change of perspective, or giving the client the chance to talk to you informally about what's happening; it can make all the difference to take a couple of minutes to have a break, and a cup of coffee.


Alison Waddell