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Poppy Williams

She/herLegal Director
I have found Poppy to be an excellent lawyer and really valuable member of the team. She has gained their trust (and mine) absolutely, which is no easy thing when emotions can run high.
Freyja Handy, general counsel (Europe), ASM Global

Poppy Williams is a regulatory lawyer, with over 16 years' experience in advising companies and senior managers involved in regulatory investigations, enforcement action including prosecutions, Inquests or Public Inquiries.

Poppy's work spans the regulation of health and social care, health and safety, corporate manslaughter, contentious environmental, asbestos, fire safety and anti-terrorism, including the new Protect Duty.

Poppy is particularly experienced in representing clients involved in high profile complex investigations and inquiries. Providing both legal and strategic guidance and support throughout to minimise corporate exposure.Poppy recently represented a central core participant in the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry and is advising on the UK COVID-19 Public Inquiry.


  • Conducting a group wide legal review of a well-known Stock Exchange’s health and safety policies and procedures for employee travel to high risk destinations and a comprehensive review of their COVID 19 risk management systems.
  • Advising an international shipping company in relation to director exposure to health and safety and manslaughter liabilities.
  • Advising a television production company in relation to exposure to health and safety and corporate manslaughter liabilities arising out of the planning and implementation of a reality show involving contestants being stranded on an island.
  • Manchester University, LLB (Hons) 2.1
  • Chester College of Law, LPC


  • Lead author and co-presenter of DLA Piper article and webinar on the new “Protect Duty” March 2022
  • Co-author of DLA Piper publication “Double jeopardy for retailers at the aisle end” February 2022
  • Co-author of DLA Piper publication “COVID 19 Returning to Work. Impact of Government Guidance: What Issues Does Your Business Need to Consider?” May 2020
  • Co-author of Employment Law Journal article looking at how to address mental health and wellbeing issues in the workplace through effective policies and procedures, in March 2020
  • Co-author of DLA publication “Mental Health Matters: Managing Wellbing in UK Workplaces” September 2019