Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal

Solicitor, Director


E:  sjb@turnstonelaw.com

D:  020 3664 8226

M:  07880 684 781



Simon heads the Turnstone Law team as Director and has 25 years’ experience as a solicitor.  Specialising in regulatory defence, he is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading health & safety lawyers.  His experience also covers fire safety, environmental defence, food safety, trading standards, product liability, white collar crime, judicial review, human rights and commercial litigation.


Having previously qualified as a doctor, Simon is uniquely placed to deal with technical, safety and health related legal issues.  He represented Cotswold Geotech in the first case to be brought under the new corporate manslaughter legislation, in which he managed to get manslaughter charges against the managing director dropped.  He also acted successfully for the major oil companies in the aftermath of the Buncefield Oil Terminal explosion. 


Simon advises across all sectors, with special interests in construction, energy, services, manufacturing, retail, education and restructuring.  He chairs conferences and lectures regularly across the UK and in Europe, focusing on safety leadership and directors’ duties, giving practical advice on how to stay out of jail.   He is co-author of the textbook "Health & Safety Law for the Construction Industry".  Simon’s previous roles in the City were at Clifford Chance and as a partner at Pinsent Masons, where he led their national health & safety team for 10 years.


'Leading individual' for health & safety recommended for being "highly technical and supremely bright "  - Legal 500, 2016


'Sources laud his "great strategy and determination - he added lots of value to the case".  Also of note are his critical thinking skills.'  - Chambers and Partners 2014


‘One industry source said: “he must be one of the most knowledgeable and long-standing leaders of the health and safety world”’  - Chambers and Partners 2013


“A star amongst health, safety and environmental lawyers”  - Legal 500, 2014


'Simon Joyston-Bechal "can simplify law for the man in the street"  and "is always there when you need him", says a client' - Legal 500, 2006


Memberships:
Health & Safety Lawyers' Association - Policy and Thought Leadership Officer and committee member
City of London Law Society Corporate Crime Committee - member


Education:
MA, MB BChir Cambridge University – qualification as a doctor 1989
College of Law 1989 to 1991 – Common Professional Exam and Solicitors’ Final Exam