‘A Practical Guide to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005’ by Laura Phillips


Paperback: 978-1-912687-04-6
Published: November 2019
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Fire safety has been at the forefront of the public consciousness since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in 2017. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the main piece of legislation dealing with fire safety in premises other than dwellings in England and Wales. It imposes numerous duties on employers, landlords, occupiers which are complex and often confusing.

This book provides a simple overview and explanation of the Order and the legal duties imposed by it for non-lawyers and lawyers alike. It explains who is responsible for complying with those duties and to what extent, how those duties are enforced through investigation, formal notices and prosecution and the potential consequences of breach.


Laura Phillips is a specialist regulatory barrister at Six Pump Court Chambers.

She advises and acts for individuals, companies, and regulators and accepts instructions on a direct access basis.

Her practice encompasses all aspects of regulatory law including fire safety, health and safety consumer protection, food hygiene/food safety law and environmental law. She is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2019 (London Bar) as an ‘Up and Coming’ Junior in Consumer Law.

She is a contributing author to Garners’ Environmental Law Encyclopaedia, Atkins Court Forms, Westlaw Insight and Lexis Nexis Practice Guides and provides training and lectures to solicitors, local authorities and industry bodies such as IOSH and CTSI on regulatory law.


Chapter One – Overview of the Order and Its Application
Chapter Two – Responsible Persons and Other Duty Holders
Chapter Three – The Fire Safety Duties
Chapter Four – Enforcement
Chapter Five – Offences and Prosecutions
Chapter Six – The Order and Other Regulatory Regimes
Chapter Seven – Recent Developments and Reform of the Order