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Jim Roberts & Charlotte Robertson - Hesketh Henry

Jim Roberts & Charlotte Robertson - Hesketh Henry

Health and Safety: Director and Officer Duties - Where does the buck stop?


This presentation will explain the difference between directors and officer duties compared to the standard health and safety duties owed by businesses. It will then discuss the recent prosecutions commenced against directors and CEO's and the reasons for the prosecutions.


About the Presenters:
Jim Roberts
heads up the Employment Law Team. Jim has a wealth of specialist experience, having been practising employment and health and safety law for more than 30 years. He helps his clients develop strategies around common employment processes, assists with compliance work to minimise his clients’ exposure to risk. The focus of Jim’s advisory and compliance work are the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Holidays Act 2003 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. The work includes representing clients in regulator investigations and prosecutions, including WorkSafe.

Jim has advised and represented businesses in relation to health and safety matters as varied as drafting policies and contractual clauses (including business to business clauses), triaging of incidents and accidents, representing clients with WorkSafe interactions and investigations. and assisting clients with managing specific risks that arise in the day to day running of their businesses.

Charlotte Robertson is a Senior Associate in the Disputes Team Charlotte is a litigator with a focus on insurance, health and safety and construction defects claims. She acts for a range of clients, from individuals, small and large businesses, to multi-national corporations and has appeared in a number of tribunals, the District Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal. She has represented clients in investigations and prosecutions by regulators such as WorkSafe.

Charlotte has a wealth of practical knowledge that can be applied to both construction disputes and regulatory matters. She works to understand the needs and concerns of her clients, to achieve the most reasonable outcome for them in the circumstances. Charlotte’s expertise in insurance means that she is also able to assist clients when notifying their insurers of a potential claim and if it is a complex claim, helps them navigate how that claim is managed. When appropriate, she will often be appointed by the insurer to defend the client.


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