I am an experienced Associate in the medical law team offering specialist advice in relation to complex inquests, police investigations and health and safety law. I lead on several large cases where the HSE's investigation runs parallel to a police investigation and the inquest process, providing strategic advice at Board level through to hands on support to the employees involved. Notable inquests include deaths in custody, an exploding oxygen cylinder and deaths following police restraint in a healthcare setting, all with multiple Interested Persons, a large number of witnesses, expert evidence and lasting between 1 – 4 weeks in duration. I advise clients regarding the risks of potential corporate and gross negligence manslaughter. I also advise in relation to press strategy and reputational management.
I frequently provide advice in all aspects of health and safety law from compliance with legislation and guidance, through any HSE investigation including PACE interviews, as well as defending clients following any subsequent enforcement action.
I also deal with a wide range of medical law matters, particularly around the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act, representing clients in the Court of Protection and at Mental Health Review Tribunals.
My clients say: "I have worked closely with Debbie Rookes, Associate Solicitor at Bevan Brittan for a number of years in connection with three Coroner’s inquests and possible enforcement action from the Health & Safety Executive. Each case has had a high profile and reported to the Board of Directors, consequently the legal competency required has been very high. Debbie’s work has always been exemplary, completely trustworthy and timely but with a human touch so that colleagues have felt able to provide an honest account to ensure the best possible advocacy in each situation. I would have no hesitancy in recommending Debbie." - Howard Jones, Director of Estates & Facilities, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust