Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing in Regional Bar
Members of 3PB are particularly experienced in health and safety cases, receiving both prosecution and defence instructions. Notable areas of specialism include maritime prosecutions and care home deaths, where David Richards and Nicholas Cotter are the key names to note respectively. Notable recent cases include Richards' prosecution of a yacht operator for the gross negligence manslaughter of four sailors lost at sea, and Cotter's defence of a care home after three patients died; the home was accused of negligent care following injuries sustained by the deceased upon falling out of a window.
Guildhall Chambers regulatory team is home to a broad range of specialists, and uses this 'strength in numbers' to its advantage, with instructing solicitors praising its 'good availability at all levels of call'. Key areas of work for the set include health and safety, and professional discipline, as well as a sector-specific focus on sports regulation and disciplinary proceedings. Samuel Jones recently defended an auto part manufacturer in a Health and Safety Executive prosecution following an accident at the company's plant. Ian Dixey retired in 2019.
Health and safety is the watchword at Pump Court Chambers; members prosecute and defend across a wide range of serious cases, including HSE v Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure Ltd, in which Richard Tutt prosecuted a company who had, in a university accommodation block, installed gas fittings which were considered an immediate danger to life. Charles Parry recently defended London Zoo following an accident in which an employee fell off a ladder, and secured a substantially reduced fine.
Oliver Willmott is the key figure for regulatory and health and safety cases at Queen Square Chambers and is particularly experienced in maritime cases, as well as regulatory prosecutions involving the Water Industry Act. Wilmott was recently instructed in a private prosecution of a metal plating company by Severn Trent Water, following allegations that the company had discharged trade effluent which exceeded legal limits.
St John's Chambers regulatory team are predominantly focused on health and safety and licensing matters. On the latter, Roy Light is particularly experienced on taxi and adult establishment licensing, acting for all parties in such cases as well as taking instructions for alcohol licensing work. On the health and safety front, Simon Morgan prosecuted Bridgend County Borough Council following a fatal accident involving a 15-year-old student at a school overseen by the local authority; the manner in which the parking area had been constructed some years earlier exposed pupils to significant risks.