Corporations: Notable case

R v Network Rail & others

Following the Hatfield Rail Crash (October 2000) two companies and five individuals were prosecuted for manslaughter, with a further five prosecuted for health and safety offences alone.

At the manslaughter trial, Anthony Glass QC defended the Balfour Beattie Regional Director, Adrian Darbishire defended a senior Network Rail manager. Both were acquitted of manslaughter on the direction of the judge at the close of the prosecution case, and were acquitted of all other charges by the jury.

In the related proceedings, Selva Ramasamy and Sean Larkin each defended Balfour Beatty employees, who were ultimately acquitted after the prosecution offered no evidence against them.

Notable cases:

Operation Tabernula (2015)
The most complex insider dealing investigation undertaken so far by the Financial Services Authority
Mark Ellison QC | Tom Broomfield

R v Williamson and Malden Plumbing and Heating Ltd (2012)
Complex three month corporate manslaughter case at the Central Criminal Court.
Edward Brown QC

R v M (2012)
Workplace death
Sean Larkin QC

Mabey & Johnson Ltd (2011)
Corporate sanctions busting
Peter Finnigan QC

British Airways / Virgin Price-Fixing Trial (2010)
First trial of cartel offence under Enterprise Act
William Boyce QC | Adrian Darbishire QC

R v Eaton & Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Limited (2010)
First ever prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
Mark Ellison QC | Adrian Darbishire QC

R v Network Rail & others
The Hatfield Rail Crash
Sean Larkin QC | Adrian Darbishire QC | Selva Ramasamy

Blue Arrow
High-profile, complex corporate fraud
John Hilton QC | Peter Finnigan QC

Articles:

Corporate Manslaughter
An introduction to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 24.3.2009
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Aspects of the Section 188 Cartel Offences
Adrian Darbishire discusses aspects of the Cartel Offence, section 188 of the Enterprise Act. 27.2.2007

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