Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing in Regional Bar
Police law is the watchword at KBW, with members frequently in demand for the defence of civil claims against the police and representation of forces in misconduct hearings. Olivia Checa-Dover recently acted for Northumbria Police in misconduct proceedings brought against an officer who had arrested a man attempting to take his own life.
New Park Court Chambers houses a substantial regulatory team with experience in a wide range of matters. Key areas of work include health and safety cases, environmental prosecutions, police law and other professional disciplinary hearings. Health and safety law expert Jason Pitter QC recently represented a sole trader accused of gross negligence manslaughter concerning a bespoke cot made by the defendant following the death of an infant due to design defects.
Members of Park Square Barristers are commonly instructed in health and safety cases, with a particular focus on the prosecution of such cases. Other notable areas of specialism include food standards and Environment Agency prosecutions, as well as police law. Of recent note, Richard Wright QC represented the CPS in an appeal brought by slaughterhouse operator M Najib & Sons, which had been convicted of failing to supply samples for the monitoring of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (a category of prion diseases which includes scrapie).
St Paul's Chambers is home to Samuel Green QC, who specialises in health and safety cases and police misconduct proceedings, with a significant track record in both prosecution and defence. Green recently defended a police officer in a misconduct hearing in which it was alleged that during an inquest into the death of a former paratrooper members of the deceased's family were put under unauthorised surveillance.
At Trinity Chambers, Charles Holland specialises in licensing and represents the full range of interested parties in such cases. Notable recent work has included several taxi licensing matters, such as his recent representation of an interested party in judicial review proceedings brought by United Cabbies Group against the decision to grant a private hire vehicle operator's licence to Uber, in which Holland acted as a junior to Gerald Gouriet QC. Other key sectors of the licensing practice include firearms, entertainment and alcohol, betting and gaming, and scrap metal dealerships.