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Risky Business: Health And Safety In The UK Hotel Industry

There have been a significant number of cases reported in the press recently in relation to hotels that are being prosecuted for health and safety breaches. The increased visibility of such cases highlights a need for stronger emphasis on compliance within the industry.

The reality of health and safety risks faced by the hotel industry was highlighted last month when the Telegraph reported on a fire at one of the most iconic hotels in Grosvenor Square. The fire started at the hotel, which houses a celebrity chef’s Michelin-starred restaurant, during an awards ceremony and all guests had to be evacuated. In that case, procedures were followed and there were no injuries.

A recent article aims to increase awareness of health and safety issues amongst hoteliers by:

  • examining key health and safety obligations in relations to hotels;
  • considering the legal, reputational and financial impact of failures to comply with health and safety duties; and
  • providing some practical examples of how to ensure compliance with legal obligations.

To read the full article, please click here.

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Louise Roberts, Environmental Attorney, Squire Patton Boggs Law Firm

Louise is a Lawyer in our Environmental, Safety and Health Group based in our Manchester office. Louise specialises in health and safety and contentious environment law; however Louise is involved in a wide range of transactions and can assist in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Louise acts for a mixture of clients, from large multi-national organisations to individuals, and has experience in the Crown Court, the Magistrates Court and the Coroners Court. Louise also carries out a large amount of training for clients, is a member of the Health and...

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