Kizzy is a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. She appears regularly as an advocate in court proceedings, employment tribunals (for appealing Improvement and Prohibition notices) and Coroners' inquests.
She has significant experience in defending companies, senior directors and employees in corporate manslaughter and serious fire / health and safety prosecutions. Kizzy has a particular interest in the law relating to directors' health and safety duties and health and safety issues within the construction, care homes, environmental, manufacturing, fire, rail and retail industries. She has represented those alleged to have breached health and safety legislation in interviews under caution and in court, if proceedings are ultimately brought against them.
Kizzy regularly challenges improvement and prohibition notices on behalf of corporate and commercial clients. She was part of the team involved in defending the first UK corporate manslaughter prosecution (Cotswold Geotechnical). She also represented a senior individual being prosecuted for manslaughter as a result of the Hatfield Rail Crash.
She has provided strategic advice to a number of high profile corporate and commercial clients – both contentious advice in response to an actual incident, as well as preventative consultancy advice in relation to corporate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with current safety legislation.
Kizzy regularly speaks on expert panels relating to health and safety / corporate manslaughter issues and has hosted many seminars and lectures on aspects of health and safety and criminal regulatory law, often as a keynote speaker. Topics have included the effect of Brexit on health and safety compliance and the impact of the sentencing guidelines which came into force on 1 February 2016 in relation to health and safety, corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences.
Kizzy joined Russell-Cooke as a partner in 2018 having previously worked at an international law firm leading their health and safety team in London. Prior to this, she was the sole criminal regulatory and prosecutions lawyer at a local authority, responsible for prosecuting companies and individuals in breach of Health and Safety and other associated legislation and providing advice to the Executive in respect of prosecutions against the Council.
- Listed in the Thomson Reuters 'London Super Lawyers' list (2015)
- One of the top 15 most influential people in Health & Safety, as voted by Safety and Health Practitioner magazine (SHP) readers and Advisory Board (2017)
- Member of the Health and Safety Lawyers' Association
- Member of the Executive Committee of the London Health and Safety Group, part of Safety Groups UK
- Member of the editorial / advisory team for Safety and Health Practitioner
- Keynote speaker for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) London Metropolitan Branch and the Fire Industry Association (FIA)
- Read Law at Brunel University and completed her legal studies at the College of Law London