Health & Safety: Notable case

Workplace Fatality: H&S Charges Successfully Defended (2011)

In August 2007, a site foreman working on the refurbishment of St Catherine's House in central London died when he fell down a lift shaft.  In 2010, the Principal Contractor and a Sub-Contractor were each charged by the Health & Safety Executive with an offence of breaching the duty under section 3, Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974.

Adrian Darbishire (instructed by Pinsent Masons) acted for the Principal Contractor, the first defendant.  After a trial at the Old Bailey lasting six weeks, on 14 June 2011 both companies were unanimously acquitted by the jury.




Notable cases:

Mid-Staffs NHS Public Inquiry (2013)
Further updates of Mid-Staff Inquiry where Tom Kark QC, Ben Fitzgerald and Tom Baker are appointed as counsel to the inquiry
Tom Kark QC | Ben FitzGerald | Tom Baker

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (2013)
Death outside terminal
Mark Ellison QC

Workplace Fatality: H&S Charges Successfully Defended (2011)
Death of site foreman.  Principal and Sub-Contractor unanimously acquitted.
Adrian Darbishire QC

R v Walker & Others (2005)
Manslaughter and Health and Safety charges arising from the Hatfield train crash

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

HSE v Environmental Tyres
Fatal accident at work
Selva Ramasamy

Armstrong & Newby-Grant
Court Martial for manslaughter


Corporate Manslaughter
An introduction to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 24.3.2009
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