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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

ONE DERBY SQUARE, LIVERPOOL, L2 9XX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0151 236 7747
Fax:
Fax 0151 236 3433
DX:
14207 LIVERPOOL
Email:
Web:
www.exchangechambers.co.uk
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester
Exchange Chambers (Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC), Kevin Slack, Liverpool, ENGLAND

Kevin Slack

Tel:
Work 0151 236 7747
Email:
Web:
www.exchangechambers.co.uk/
Exchange Chambers (Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC)

Work Department

Criminal; Regulatory

Position

Kevin is an experienced practitioner in criminal and regulatory work and has practised from Exchange Chambers since completing pupillage there in 1998. He is a member of the CPS Serious Crime and Fraud Specialist Panels. He was for many years on the Attorney- General’s List of Prosecuting Counsel and has been on its replacement – the Regulatory Advocates Panel - since its inception (on List B).

Historically, Kevin prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases for bodies such as the RCPO, SOCA, UKBA and DWP whose prosecuting duties have now been taken over by the CPS. He now continues to undertake similar work for the CPS. Kevin has particular experience of cases involving fraud and money laundering and complicated confiscation issues. Kevin is used to prosecuting cases which have attracted national media interest.

Kevin has prosecuted cases on behalf of the Environment Agency for many years and during this time he has gained extensive experience in dealing with the legal issues that frequently arise in such prosecutions. Kevin also prosecutes on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Examples of Kevin’s recent work include:

R v Nawaz [2015] EWCA Crim 1930 – involving the challenging of fresh evidence called before the Court of Appeal in an appeal against conviction

HSE v S Ltd – uncontrolled discharge of toxic liquid at a chemical factory. One of the first Crown Court cases in the country to apply the new Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety offences.

R v F A contested High Court application to vary a Serious Crime Prevention Order

Environment Agency v P and P  Complicated confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court following convictions for the illegal storage of waste.  

The skills developed by Kevin in the fields of environmental crime and health and safety have been helpful in Kevin’s wider regulatory practice. Kevin has since 2010 appeared on behalf of the GMC before the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service (as it now is) and has also represented the CQC before the Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal. He has provided regulatory advice to local authorities and has particular experience of the law relating to taxi licensing.

Kevin undertook civil work for many years alongside his criminal practice before specialising in criminal and regulatory work and finds this experience helpful, particularly in relation to some forms of regulatory work.

Recent examples of Kevin’s regulatory work include:

  • GMC v A which concerned a challenge to the reliability of hair sample tests as proof of alcohol consumption
  • GMC v P (2015). An FTP hearing involving consideration of safeguarding issues and the extent of the duty of inquiry on a GP when considering medical records in the context of a child patient who subsequently died as a result of parental abuse.

Career

Called 1997

Member

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit
  • Gray’s Inn

Education

  • MA, Law, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (Double First 1996)
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent, 1997)
  • Prince of Wales scholarship, Gray’s Inn (1996)

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