Head of Health and Safety
Specialising in health and safety and environmental regulation, Nick McMahon heads up RPC's practice.
Nick regularly advises clients facing scrutiny from enforcement agencies such as the Health & Safety Executive, Local Authority Environmental Departments, the Environment Agency and Fire Authorities.
Relevant work includes assistance to clients invited to interviews under caution, responding to investigations, attending inquests, defending prosecutions and/or preparing mitigation strategy. He has advised at board level on corporate health and safety issues, and frequently lectures and writes on topics of interest.
Nick's civil caseload includes claims of the highest value and complexity, including catastrophic personal injury. These arise from many business sectors such as healthcare, construction, manufacturing, logistics, motor and leisure. Nick has handled the defence of group actions regarding medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Insurance coverage advice impacts on many aspects of his work.
Nick McMahon is "extremely experienced" and has "good tactical awareness," according to sources. He is a skilled health and safety expert who frequently represents individuals and companies in investigations and at inquests. - Chambers UK 2019
Nick McMahon is regularly instructed by clients facing investigation and prosecution by enforcement agencies such as the HSE and fire authorities. He also represents clients at inquests, often concerning multiple fatalities. - Chambers UK 2018
RPC's "well-established and dedicated department is a first port of call for corporate and insurer clients" and has "a growing presence in the health and safety arena" thanks to the "brilliant leadership" of Nick McMahon; clients single out McMahon as "highly experienced and easy to work with". - Legal 500 UK 2018
The "highly professional, approachable and knowledgeable" Nick McMahon has expertise in high-value complex injury cases, pharmaceutical and product claims, and group actions. - Legal 500 UK 2017
Nick McMahon has significant expertise and experience in the full range of health and safety investigations and prosecution matters. Market sources describe him as being "diligent, meticulous and understanding, particularly in defence of HSE prosecutions." - Chambers UK 2017
Nick McMahon is an expert in health and safety regulation and environmental matters. He has vast experience in investigations and prosecutions across a variety of industries, including construction, healthcare and manufacturing - Chambers UK 2016
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
"He has vast experience in investigations and prosecutions across a variety of industries, including construction, healthcare and manufacturing" - Chambers UK 2016
"Nick McMahon is ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic in his approach’" - Legal 500 UK 2015
"Recommended" - Legal 500 UK 2015
"Articulate, approachable and always willing to help" - Chambers UK 2015
"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 admire his sound interpersonal skills, and speak of him as a "good person to work with and an able practitioner" - Chambers UK 2014
Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
UK Environmental Law Association
Successful defence of prosecutions under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Advice to national construction company regarding corporate manslaughter issues
Representation of senior officer in Environment Agency investigation under caution
Successful defence of go-kart manufacturer in catastrophic injury claim – Sophie Poole v SWRD & ors
MMR/MR Vaccine Group Litigation - co-ordinated NHS response to class action