Addleshaw Goddard has significantly bolstered its Health & Safety and Environment offerings with the strategic hire of two market-leading lawyers.

Bringing considerable international expertise, Darren Dunn joins AG's Health & Safety team as a Managing Associate, having amassed significant experience whilst a prosecution lawyer at the HSE.

Darren, who has undertaken a number of high profile roles within charities and governments in Pakistan and Africa, has specialist experience of advising and bringing proceedings against a variety of major corporations. His hire strengthens the team's regulatory offering to our client base, who are facing investigation and prosecution from regulatory authorities such as the Police, HSE, Fire & Rescue Service and Local Authorities.

Meanwhile, Joanne Holbrook joins the firm's Environment team as a Managing Associate from Fieldfisher. Joanne brings with her extensive experience, having advised a wide range of heavily regulated industries, including: energy, technology and manufacturing. She advises on a broad spectrum of matters, such as: environmental liabilities in real estate and corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, energy projects and formal investigations and prosecutions by environmental regulators.

Commenting on the two hires, Legal Directors Michelle Headrige and Erin Shoesmith, said: "We are delighted to be joined by Darren and Joanne, who both demonstrate exceptional expertise in their respective fields. The demand from clients for strategic environmental and health & safety advice both on regulatory matters in the face of large scale incidents and prosecutions and during transactions, remains unabated, and we are continuing to steadily grow as a firm in both areas. We welcome Darren and Joanne who will only strengthen our unrivalled reputation as a firm."

Notes to editor

The Health & Safety and Environment teams advise on complex EU and English regulatory framework as applicable to our clients' businesses, and in contentious and non-contentious matters, including:

  • Advising Ardenton capital on the Acquisition of W. Corbett & Co. (Galvanizing) Limited - the UK’s largest independent hot dip galvanizer, based in the Midlands.
  • Providing specialist environmental advice to Avara on its acquisition of Astra Zeneca's manufacturing site at Avlon.