Ian Manners - DAC Beachcroft
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Ian Manners

Ian specialises in advising corporate organisations, public sector clients and individuals on health and safety, environmental, trading standards and food safety. His experience covers advising on compliance and risk issues and dealing with regulatory investigations and prosecutions and representation at Inquests. Ian leads DAC Beachcroft’s Environmental Regulatory team.

He has over 10 years’ experience advising clients across a range of sectors including construction, real estate, manufacturing, transport and logistics, waste, agriculture and health & social care.

Relevant experience includes :

  • Acting for nightclub operator in relation to double fatality. Instructed and attended scene on day 1 to carry out investigation, liaise with police, work with licensing lawyers, input on HR and media issues. No further action taken following 3 week Inquest.
  • Acting for large fishing organisation and fish processor in relation to corporate manslaughter investigation following a fatal accident in the company's cold stores and in relation to offshore health and safety matters involving Health Safety and Environment (HSE) and marine regulators.
  • Representing a water company at Inquest and advising on prevention of future deaths report.
  • Acting for large social housing provider in relation to fatal accident to child resident within tenanted property. Significant media attention and wider charity and social housing regulatory issues combined with HSE prosecution.
  • Acting for glazing contractor in gross negligence manslaughter prosecution of director and company charged with Health and Safety offences.
  • Providing training/seminar to a NHS trust board on legal duties and leadership I also provide advice, training and carry out health and safety due diligence work on commercial deals. I lead on writing and delivering a series of Health and Safety focussed breakfast seminars.

Ian is recognised by Legal 500 as "Next generation Lawyer" (2017 & 2018) and “Rising Star” (2019) for Health and Safety.

In addition, Ian is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Associate and UK Environmental Law Association. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 talking about health and safety in the agricultural sector and as a guest on The Interesting Health And Safety Podcast. He recently spoke at the Direct Works Forum on the impact on management/board of handling a regulatory investigation/prosecution.

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