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James Leonard on corporate manslaughter and NHS trust prosecution


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“Corporate Crime analysis: What should potential defendant NHS Trusts take from the ruling in R v Cornish and another? James Leonard of Outer Temple Chambers, who represented Dr Cornish, considers this first prosecution of a health service body following the introduction of the offence under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (CMCHA 2007).”

James’ reputation is for prompt assistance to all professional clients in all disciplines; detailed preparation, calm, reasoned and practical advice for all lay clients as well as robust advocacy, fearless cross examination and sound tactical sense in Court.

In medical tribunals, James represents clients up to Consultant level in relation to health and misconduct issues with a particular emphasis on serious clinical incompetence, dishonesty, fraud and suspected sexual impropriety.

He has a background in serious crime (and is a veteran of innumerable murders, manslaughters, sexual offences and investment / tax frauds). When dealing with conduct allegations against professionals which involves criminal behaviour, James appears in the Crown Court. During the summer of 2010 James was Junior to Adrian Hopkins QC in the GMC, representing Forensic Pathologist Dr Freddie Patel in relation to innumerable allegations relating to Dr Patel’s appearance at Inquests.

Click here to read the full article, which was first published on Lexis®PSL May 31, 2016.


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