Health & Safety: 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:

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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