Rob Elvin is the managing partner of our Manchester office. His particular expertise covers health, safety and environmental (including nuisance, noise abatement, pollution, permit appeals and environmental warranty and civil claims), judicial review, corporate defence (including bribery and corruption, investigations and corporate manslaughter), inquest law, food hygiene and safety, transport law, including public inquiries in front of traffic commissioners, product safety, liability and recall, and he is a solicitor-advocate. Rob also lectures on issues such as corporate manslaughter, product safety and defending all manner of regulatory prosecutions.

    Rob has particular sector expertise in the nuclear, gas and electricity generation and distribution, wind energy, chemicals, engineering and construction industries.

    Following outstanding client feedback, Rob was named as a star lawyer in the Acritas StarsTM global database, 2019: Rob is “very quick to respond” and has “a very commercial view in that he doesn’t just give options, he analyses and recommends the best route or best course of action in every given circumstance.” He is “very practical in terms of speed of response, pitch of communications, and realistic guidance on what to do and what to expect of outcomes.”

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    • Representing organisations in matters arising out of the Manchester Arena bombing, including the public enquiry.
    • Advising organisations in relation to the Grenfell fire investigation.
    • Leading a client review for a professional football club into historic child abuse allegations dating back to the 1960s.
    • Advising PLC Boards on the handling of regulatory investigations, interviews under compulsion and under caution.
    • Advising companies in relation to anticorruption programmes and the Bribery Act 2010, including self-reporting and internal investigations.
    • Advising in relation to proceeds of crime act and money laundering regulations.
    • Advising one of the UK’s largest energy generators relating to one of the very few prosecutions brought from the Office for Nuclear Regulation.
    • Advising a gas distribution company in relation to one of the largest HSE prosecutions in the UK arising out of various alleged breaches over many years of offending.
    • Leading the investigation and advising into HSE enforcement action following an explosion at an oil refinery.
    • Representing one of the world's largest chemical companies in an HSE prosecution following fatal chemical leak.
    • Investigating an INES II incident at a nuclear power station.
    • Representing energy from waste incinerator company in judicial review of the EA following revocation of the PRM accreditation.
    • Advising an outdoor media-advertising client on several serious H&S incidents, including successfully appealing an improvement notice following the fall from a wall of a four-tonne digital advertising board that crushed a member of the public.
    • Advising company directors in PACE interviews for manslaughter.
    • Advising a European car manufacturer on corporate manslaughter.
    • Dealing with inquests following workplace suicides.
    • Advising UK car manufacturer, major charity, stair lift manufacturer and engine manufacturer on product recalls.
    • Project managing global product recalls of a child baby stroller and of stair lifts.
    • Successfully defending a toxic tort group action arising out of claims of harm caused by historic contamination of land used for residential housing.
    • Representing clients in environmental actions brought against parties liable under contaminated land regime and or warranties given in transactions, and in relation to various nuisance claims.


    • Sheffield Hallam University, LL.B.
    • University of Salford, M.A.


    • England and Wales, 1995
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Environment; Health & Safety, The North; UK-wide
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Health and safety
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Health and safety; Product liability – defendant; Environment; Commercial litigation; Planning
    • Recognized as a star lawyer in the Acritas StarsTM global database, 2019
    • Awarded Partner of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards, 2016
    • Recognized as a Leading Individual by Chambers UK 2016.
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Product Liability: Defendant; Commercial Litigation; Planning and Environment
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Health and Safety
    • Listed in the most recent publication of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom

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