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Gavin Reese

A specialist in General Liability, Product Liability and Health & Safety, Gavin Reese has been advising insurers and corporate clients for nearly 30 years. He heads up RPC's Liability Team.

Gavin advises regularly on policy coverage and deals with a broad range of liability and product claims, including stress and catastrophic injury claims.

He regularly advises companies and individuals facing Health & Safety investigations and prosecutions, often following a major event and is frequently instructed in connection with sensitive cases involving fatalities. Gavin has significant experience acting on issues relating to Corporate/Gross Negligence Manslaughter as well as the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. He has represented clients at interviews under caution and has advised on investigations and prosecutions by the Health & Safety Executive, Police, Environment Agency, and local authorities.

The product side of his practice includes advice on the Consumer Protection Act 1987, European regulation, and product liability cases including those involving machinery, food, consumer and safety products.

Gavin regularly lectures on product liability, general liability, and health & safety. He was a contributing author to the chapters on Employers' Liability and The Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930 in Hogarth's "Insurance Law for the Construction Industry" OUP 2012

In 2017, Gavin received the Client Choice Insurance Partner of the year award. 

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Gavin Reese is "very experienced, has a superb wealth of knowledge and is highly regarded in the marketplace." - Chambers UK 2019

He defends clients against significant HSE prosecutions, including those resulting from multiple fatalities. -  Chambers UK 2019

Gavin Reese is highly sought after by corporate clients and insurers to defend highly sensitive health and safety cases. - Chambers UK 2018

[Gavin is described by clients as] "clever and tenacious." - Legal 500 UK 2018

Listed as a leading individual. - Legal 500 UK 2018

The ‘superb and tenacious’ Gavin Reese... specialises in catastrophic injury claims. - Legal 500 UK 2017 

Gavin Reese regularly handles significant and high-profile matters, offering his defence expertise to an array of clients. Sources are quick to describe him as "extremely knowledgeable and personable" and also appreciate his pragmatic approach. - Chambers UK 2017

Practice co-heads Gavin Reese and Nick McMahon are praised for their "ability to tailor advice to each situation" and "are able get the best out of those they are working with". - Legal 500 UK 2016

"Recommended" - Legal 500 UK 2016 - Product Liability

"Gavin Reese has extensive experience in defending businesses and individuals in investigations and prosecutions undertaken by police, local authorities and regulatory bodies." – Chambers UK 2016

"Gavin Reese is an ‘enormously experienced and accomplished practitioner’" - Legal 500 UK 2015

"Gavin Reese is "an experienced and reassuring presence for any insurer"" - Legal 500 UK 2014

"Nick McMahon and Gavin Reese are "two extremely solid and experienced partners, with huge experience in dealing with crisis management"" - Legal 500 UK 2014

"Sources describe Gavin Reese as "very experienced" and "a solid, switched-on litigator." Clients agree that "his commercial awareness and service are excellent" - Chambers UK 2014


Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Health and Safety Lawyers' Association

UK Environmental Law Association

Relevant work

R v Counsel- successful defence of a fireworks operator originally charged with seven counts of manslaughter (subsequently dropped) who was acquitted at Bristol Crown Court of an offence under section 3(2) of the Health & Safety Work Act 1974 arising from the tragic crash on the M5 motorway in November 2011

R v Matthews and others- successful defence of a manslaughter charge arising from a fatal explosion at a recycling facility

R v Enviro-Waste- representation of a company charged with Health & Safety offences following the deaths of three workers in a slurry tank

R v Wolstenholme- breach of a prohibition notice

Representing well known high street retailer in connection with investigation concerning asbestos containing materials.