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Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal

Simon Joyston-Bechal (Solicitor, Director)

D: 020 3664 8226

M: 07880 684 781

E: sjb@turnstonelaw.com 


Simon heads the Turnstone Law team as Director and has over 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, trading standards, product liability, food safety, white-collar crime, environmental defence, 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 Corporate Manslaughter Act, 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.

Legal 500, 2020

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Selected as health & safety lawyer in Legal 500 'Hall of Fame', which "highlights individuals who have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence" and "who are at the pinnacle of the profession"

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Chambers and Partners, 2020

 'recognised for being "very knowledgeable" in the health and safety field'

Legal 500, 2016

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Chambers and Partners 2014

 'Leading individual' for health & safety recommended for being "highly technical and supremely bright. 

Chambers and Partners 2014

Chambers and Partners 2014

Chambers and Partners 2014

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

Legal 500, 2014

Chambers and Partners 2014

Chambers and Partners 2013

“A star amongst health, safety and environmental lawyers.” 

Chambers and Partners 2013

Chambers and Partners 2014

Chambers and Partners 2013

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

Legal 500, 2006

Legal 500, 2006

Legal 500, 2006

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