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Legal Support Services

Summary of Health and Safety Legal Support Services

Who is Ray Hipkin
  • Chartered Practitioner with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Waste
  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute
  • Listed on The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register
  • First appointed as a Health and Safety Adviser in 1982
  • Established as a Sole Practitioner in February 2007, practising in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland
  • Construction Safety Diploma [Brooklands College] & IOSH Foundation Course [1984]
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, Law and Practice [1990 & 1999 NVQ]
  • CDM Principle Designer – formally Project Coordination & Planning Supervisor
  • Post Graduate in Advanced Investigative Practice, Compiling of Evidence and Evaluation / Presentation of Evidence -incorporating Advocacy and Advocacy Support.[2005]
  • Expert Witness extended training and assessment [Bond Solon 2006]
Expert Listings & Services
  • General Manufacturing and Process Industries specialising in Industrial Process, Safe Systems of Work, Staff Culture Development, Process Failures and Incident Investigation, Risk Profiling and Process Mapping
  • Construction & Waste Industries specialising in Industrial Process, Safe Systems of Work, Staff Culture Development, Process Failures and Incident Investigation, Risk Profiling and Process Mapping
  • Agricultural & Estate Management specialising in Planning and Construction, Public Management, Risk Management, Contractor Management, Risk Profiling and Process Mapping
  • Major Indoor and Outdoor Public Events & Shows specialising in CDM Application and Management, Site Safety Management, Public Management , Major Incident Control, Purple Guide Implementation and Licensing
Incident Investigation
  • Headed up investigations into a number of major industrial incidents including Mechanical Failure, Systems Failure and Road Traffic Incidents. Such reports were used for both insurance evaluation, prevention of recurrence and legal exposure purposes
  • Report writing complying with CPR Part 35 & Practice Direction 35 Protocol
  • Experienced in supporting of interviewee’s during both HSW Section 20 and PACE interviews
  • Manages investigation processes that identify prevention of recurrence requirements and evidence gathering that will be required for defence preparation – corporate and individual personnel
  • Use of stated case and legal precedence when drafting position papers to assist legal practitioners for advising on corporate positions and possible defences
Case Management Support
  • Under Solicitor Instruction – Completed extended investigation and statement gathering for incidents and civil case presentation
  • Obtained, Collated and Presented evidence to Coroner, Civil, Industrial Tribunals and Criminal Courts
  • Experienced includes evidence bundle preparation and collation
  • Experienced in Document Disclosure Management
  • Experienced in the use of Health and Safety, Civil and Criminal authority documentations and practice manuals
Independent Witness Report Presentation and Submission
  • Under Solicitor Instruction – Completed extended investigation and statement gathering for incidents and civil case presentation
  • Completed expert witness reports for major industrial incidents where major injury or loss of life has occurred. These reports were required for Insurance Position, Civil procedure, Criminal Prosecutions and Coroner Court purposes
  • Report writing complying with CPR Part 35 & Practice Direction 35 Protocol
  • Appeared as an expert witness at Civil, Coroner and Crown Court , including Single Joint Expert
  • Assisted in the preparation of major defences where Abuse of Process successfully argued
Service Endorsements

“Ray Hipkin has a style of health and safety management that is based on pragmatism and effective delivery of the professional standards I want for my organisation. He makes legislation seem straight forward and uncomplicated which means my team willingly work within the bench marks set. Ray’s hands-on approach lends itself to working as part of the team. He also takes time to understand how the organisation works and fits into that structure as well as the wishes of my clients. Ray is also willing to assist in other areas for the benefit of the project we are working on.”
Tim Henson – Director, Henson Franklyn Ltd

“Ray’s technical breadth of knowledge across health and safety and the legal apparatus through which Health and Safety regulation is enforced is excellent. Alongside his pragmatic, practical, approach to problem solving and his very accessible training style make Ray a formidable and very effective Safety Practitioner.”
Chris Jones – Director of Compliance, Health and Safety, Cory Environmental

“The National Farm Attraction Network have been really pleased to have the professional guidance, experience and knowledge of Ray Hipkin. Specifically in regard to our members having issues with spatial planning consent, his ability to simplify and have a very practical approach to statutory legislation, particularly Health & Safety, has been of enormous assistance.”
Barry Davies – The National Farm Attractions Network

Contact Ray Hipkin
Tel: +44 [0] 7743 166919     •     Email: info@rayhipkin.co.uk