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Vikki Woodfine

Partner // Head of Road Transport & Logistics // Head of Regulatory Compliance & Investigations (North West), Manchester

Vikki is a regulatory law expert specialising in road transport law and health and safety and crisis management matters. 
Vikki Woodfine | Partner | DWF

Experience

Vikki is a passionate and vocal regulatory lawyer specialising in transport work (focus mainly on HGV, bus and coach operators), health and safety matters, care regulation and safeguarding. Vikki is very experienced in crisis management and dealing with highly emotive cases. 

Vikki likes to get "under the skin" of clients' businesses to understand their needs and help them to achieve best practice levels of regulatory compliance. 

Her transport expertise covers operator licensing, transport compliance issues, Public Inquiries, auditing, clandestine entrants/vehicle seizures/smuggling, due diligence, training and advocacy (Magistrates' Court and Public Inquiries).

She also represents companies and individuals facing CPS/HSE prosecutions following serious incidents, she has acted on numerous fatal incident investigations and has experience of gross negligence & corporate manslaughter cases. She was part of the team that secured the first-ever acquittal in a corporate manslaughter prosecution (R v PS & JE Ward). On behalf of her clients, Vikki also deals with accident investigations, PACE and employee interviews, and acts as advocate at Coroner's Inquests and within the Magistrates' Court. 

Vikki also has experience in care regulation and care quality matters, including safeguarding; dealing with a full spectrum of care providers and education businesses. Vikki has particular experience representing schools and nurseries across a spectrum of regulatory and criminal issues. 

She is a recommended expert for health and safety and transport in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. 

Memberships

Health & Safety Lawyers Association

Testimonials

Legal 500 2018 places Vikki in tier 1 for health and safety  ‘not afraid to stand up and fight for her clients’, Vikki is also recommended in Chambers & Partners 2017 for her health and safety practice where commentators praise her as an "incredibly thorough" solicitor who "leaves nothing to chance."

Vikki heads the firm's national Road Transport practice and her team is noted in Chambers & Partners 2017 as being "a very strong team who works together, sharing each other's knowledge and experience.", "They are very professional and expert in their field."  Specifically Vikki is recommended as being "very knowledgeable, easy to deal with and is always on hand". 

More recently in 2018 a commentator has said: "We particularly like their friendliness, enthusiasm and confidence as well as their professional abilities and knowledge. They get things done immediately – they will pick up the phone to do the job or tackle any situation swiftly and very effectively".

Legal 500 2018 states that Vikki is "always prepared to go that extra mile when it is needed" and praises her "extensive knowledge".

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