Nathan is a partner in the regulatory team based in our Manchester office. He qualified in England and Wales in 2006, joining Kennedys from Clyde & Co in April 2021.

Nathan specialises in regulatory defence work, particularly corporate manslaughter/gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety, environment and motor crime investigations and prosecutions, together with ancillary inquests across all industries.

His practice is focused on representing both organisations, as well as individuals, and he is highly experienced and skilled in providing strategic and pragmatic advice in the immediate aftermath of an incident to protect his clients immediate and long-term position, reputation and revenue. 

Nathan commenced his legal career in 2004 as an orthodox crime lawyer where he undertook 1,000’s of police interviews under caution and conducted his own advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court, which included summary trials. He has specialised in regulatory crime since 2008 and continues to attend interviews under caution and undertake his own advocacy both in the Magistrates’ Court and Coroner’s Court.

In 2014, he represented a leading canoe and kayak manufacturer for corporate manslaughter, which was one of the first cases to be prosecuted under the new Act.

He has been involved in many high-profile cases over the years which includes the Marks & Spencer’s asbestos exposure incidents, the Alton Towers ‘Smiler’ ride crash and the Toddbrook Reservoir dam incident.

Nathan is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2006
  • LLB (Hons) in Law in 2003

His ability to give confidence to clients is born of his charm, intellect and tactical and strategic approach to cases.

Chambers UK 2022

Market recognition

  • Notable practitioner for 'Health & Safety (UK-wide)'
    "He is well versed across all regulatory sectors and he is very knowledgeable."
    "His ability to give confidence to clients is born of his charm, intellect and tactical and strategic approach to cases."
    Chambers UK 2022
  • Key lawyer for health and safety (North West)
    “Nathan Buckley is very approachable and easy to work with. Keeps all stakeholders updated and commands respect due to his excellent health and safety knowledge and amenable manner.” 
    The Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Key lawyer for general crime (North West)
    The Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Key lawyer for health and safety (North West) 
    “Nathan Buckley is a superb lawyer - he has unrivalled knowledge of the law; his attention to detail; ability to identify the crucial elements of a case and his professional and friendly approach make him my first choice.”
    The Legal 500 UK 2019
  • Key lawyer for health and safety (North West)
    The Legal 500 UK 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Work highlights

  • Successful representation of a leading manufacturer and global supplier of cereal bars, which was subject to a joint police and HSE investigation following the death of an employee. Through robust representation, no criminal proceedings ensued.
  • Acted for the former Chief Executive Officer of G4S who was required to give evidence at an inquest into the death of a Scottish security guard who was murdered by a colleague in Iraq in 2009.
  • Successful representation of a global commercial property services company in respect of a local authority investigation into an incident at a shopping centre in which a young boy had fallen from the side of an escalator sustaining serious injuries.
  • Acquittal of a HGV driver who was prosecuted for an offence of causing death by dangerous driving following a collision with a minibus carrying a group of women en route to a hen party. The case won numerous insurance awards.
  • Acted for a dive centre and its director, in respect of a HSE investigation and prosecution arising from an incident at Manchester Grammar School where 12 pupils were poisoned by carbon monoxide during a scuba diving lesson.