Bernard Thorogood > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
FOUNTAIN COURT, STEELHOUSE LANE
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6DR
England

Work Department

Health and Safety, Environmental, Corporate and Individual.

Position

Specialises in the most serious categories of health and safety, environment and other regulatory cases including corporate/gross negligence manslaughter and fire safety – prosecution and defence. Frequently appears at Inquests. Advises large organisations, including national/international businesses, in regulatory matters concerning their present and future practice.

 

Selected cases of interest – In two separate cases in 2019 (one EA one CQC – fatal case) represented and secured the acquittals of a director and senior manager. In 2020 similar outcome for director charged by Local Authority – the other director fined nominal figure. In 2020 secured superb outcome for large Local Authority charged in relation to work at height issues at school. Likewise for major national employer in relation to Fire Safety at Football League Club.

Major International Food Business – Oxford – Defence – concluded June 2021 – Court accepted the problem was of a marketing nature and thus penalty transformed downwards to extremely modest proportions. Low culpability finding secured and significant praise for the Company’s leadership. Cushman and Wakefield Ltd – Wolverhampton C.C. – concluded July 2019 – Prosecution – wooden structure blown off building during Storm Doris, causing death and other injury in the street below. Failure to maintain. Hewitt – Bristol C.C. and Court of Appeal – concluded February 2018 – Defence – the jury acquitted company chairman of the most serious offence, and the Court of Appeal quashed the remaining s.37 conviction – costs recovered; Oxford C.C. – March 2018 – Prosecution – Southern Health NHS Trust (including the tragic death of Connor Sparrowhawk); Stoke C.C. – July 2018 – Defence – successful submissions for major national employer, leading to very low fine; R (HSE) v Martin Baker Aircraft Limited – Prosecution – February 2018 – death of a Red Arrows pilot; R (HSE) v Merlin Attractions – Prosecution – September 2016 – the Alton Towers rollercoaster disaster; R (Natural England) v Day [2014] EWCA Crim 2683; R (HSE) v Balfour Beatty and Enterprise AOL [2014] EWCA Crim 2684; for Fire Service in Hillsborough Inquests; R (HSE) v British Sugar PLC – defence – acquitted in fatal case following legal argument – abuse of process – July 2014.

Inquest examples:

Current – acting for Local Authority in long-running fatality case, and in separate industrial accidents representing a City Council and a limited company. 

June 2021 – represented a Local Authority in relation to multiple fatalities arising from a fire. Focused preparation and submissions to the Court persuaded the Coroner on several key points, including contentious witness testimony.

2021 – instructed for a major NHS Trust in a case featuring multiple deaths. Very early meetings of legal teams and careful presentation of the Trust’s work to improve practices persuaded the Court that the Trust was “well-led” – the fine was very substantially lower than it could have been.

February 2017 – acting for St John Ambulance in Inquest arising from music festival death.

Career

Prior to being called to the Bar: four year Short Service Commission in the Army (Infantry) 1981-85; gap year in industrial production 1976-77.

Memberships

Health and Safety Lawyers Association; Criminal Bar Association; Forensic Science Society.

Education

University of Leeds 1977-1980

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard is a thorough, considerate, and hard-working advocate. He is exceptionally analytical and is able to cut to the core of matters and identify key priorities for clients and experts, with a strong grasp of detail.’ 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Planning and environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard is a highly skilled prosecutor and has extremely good knowledge of criminal practice. He works extremely well with the client to reassure them and gives unmatched confidence in the work that he delivers.’ 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard is a thorough, considered, and hard-working advocate. He is exceptionally analytical and is able to cut to the core of matters and identify key priorities for clients and experts, with a strong grasp of detail.’