Fire Lawyers
Fire Lawyers We are specialists in fire safety law, from prohibition and enforcement notices through to dealing with prosecutions. We can assist during investigations, particularly if you are faced with an interview under caution. Our expert knowledge of this area of law is backed up with technical know-how, as one of our lawyers served for over 11 years in the fire service.

We also work with a number of fire safety experts to provide a package of both technical and legal fire safety knowledge. If you need to speak to one of our solicitors, please use the online 'chat' system, send us an e-mail or call us. Fire Lawyers is a trading name of Licensing & Safety Lawyers. The firm is a UK RSP law firm that is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, No. 614036 and our Principal is Jon Payne.

For details of other lawyers, please contact our office. We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office, No. ZA069685.

read more › To assist businesses in complying with the law, various guides have been produced by the government. With this guidance available, it is a sensible step for any business to review the document that applies and apply the principles in order to try and achieve compliance with the legal requirements. Following the guidance is not mandatory, but if there is any departure we recommend that there needs to be a clear and documented reason given as to why the guidance is not appropriate.

read more › Even if no formal action is taken at the conclusion, a fire investigation will have have significant impact on a business because of the time that has to be committed and the adverse publicity that can arise if details of the investigation appear in the press. Because we have experience of conducting investigations ourselves and helping others to respond to investigators, we can guide you through the process and help you develop your strategy in dealing with the issues that will arise.

read more › The powers of Fire Inspectors are set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. An inspector can enter any premises to inspect if he believes it is necessary to do so, but cannot use force unless a warrant has been obtained. To identify whether the provisions of the Order apply to the premises and whether the legal requirements have been complied with, the inspector can make such enquiries as are considered necessary, including the requirement to produce information that is required to be kept by law (such as a risk assessment).

read more › Officers are able to serve a number of different types of notice, including Prohibition Notices, Alterations Notices and Enforcement Notices. Failing to comply with a notice is a criminal offence and it is therefore important that you read the contents of the notice carefully. If you decide that you wish to appeal the notice, contact us as soon as possible because there are strict time limits. There are a number of grounds that can be used, depending on the type of the notice.

read more › One of the ultimate powers of an inspector is the ability to bring a prosecution. We have experience of dealing with fire safety prosecutions in both the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. If you are served with a summons to attend court, it is important to get your strategy right from the outset because the penalties can be severe - in some cases, there is the ability of an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment. We are sometimes asked whether it is better for your case to be heard in the Crown Court or the Magistrates Court.

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