Paul Rogers

Call date: 1989
Email: Paul Rogers Clerk: Dave Scothern
Areas of Law: Health & Safety, Professional Negligence, Personal Injury, Crime
Practice summary

Health and Safety/Gross Negligence Manslaughter:
Paul has represented many company directors and individuals charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and health and safety offences as a result of deaths in the workplace. He was junior counsel to the Crown in the prosecution of Railtrack Plc arising from the Ladbroke Grove, Paddington rail crash in which hundreds were injured and 31 died as a result of the failures of Network Rail. Paul has acted for a wide range of companies from multinationals such as Unilever, to mid-range and small companies as well as their directors. His work has covered manufacturers in the steel and food industries, building contractors such as P C Harrington and the Ruttle Group of companies, and waste contractors such as Envirowaste Ltd. Most recently he acted for a metal recycling company prosecuted when a worker had both hands severed in a metal baler. He is currently instructed by SERCO in a prosecution brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency arising from the death of a ferry crew-member at Woolwich,

Motor related deaths; dangerous/careless driving
Paul acts for defendants in the road haulage industry, and generally, in cases of deaths caused through dangerous and careless driving. He acted in the cases of: R v Ian Glover, an HGV driver who killed a young woman and seriously injured her fiancée as a result of his dangerous driving whilst surfing the internet on his mobile telephone; R v Rourke a lorry driver who killed a 69 year old man in a pile up on a slipway off the M4; R v Rose a lorry driver who lost consciousness, swerved across the road colliding with a car and killing a pedestrian; R v Hussey – a 58 year old woman who lost attention and killed a pedestrian on a crossing.

He represents interested persons including companies, directors and families at inquests. Recent inquests include: 7 day jury inquest into the deaths of two construction workers following the collapse of a gable wall into a trench excavation; 5 day jury inquest into the death of a construction worker who died following surgery in St. George’s Hospital, Tooting, from a preventable pulmonary embolism; 4 day jury inquest into the death of Sarah McClay, a zookeeper mauled to death by a tiger at the South Lakes Animal Park, in Cumbria; an inquest into the death of a young man after jumping from tower bridge in London; a 4 day inquest acting on behalf of care providers into the death of a dementia sufferer who left a care home, and a 2 day inquest acting for a local authority in relation to a death of an elderly man associated with the operation of a care line facility. He is currently instructed in an inquest listed for 6 weeks concerning the suicide of an inpatient at a psychiatric hospital.

International crime:
“Paul is instructed by the Isle of Man Government in relation to a complex legal privilege review (LPP) in a substantial fraud investigation.

He has recently been asked to advise the DPP on whether she should consent to the issue of an arrest warrant for the offence of torture, a crime of universal jurisdiction. He is also instructed to advise on whether war crimes offences can/should be brought in relation to individuals within the jurisdiction of the UK courts.”

Paul Rogers