Paul Rogers

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

Paul Rogers has a proven track record in handling complex investigations, trials and appeals as lead counsel, at both the domestic and international level.  Paul is an experienced senior advocate and trains advocates at both the national and international level in trial and appellate advocacy. He has taught advocacy programmes in the Balkans, The Hague – Netherlands and in the UK. He is an approved advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple.

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 has acted for a joinery company and a haulage/warehouse company in HSE prosecutions arising from the operation of their businesses.

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. Most recently he acted in the case 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, and in R v Rourke a lorry driver who killed a 69 year old man in a pile up on a slipway off the M4.

Inquests:
He represents interested parties including companies, directors and families in inquests. He recently acted in a 5 day jury inquest into the death of a construction worker injured at work who died following surgery in St. George’s Hospital, Tooting, from a preventable pulmonary embolism. He also acted in the inquest into the death of Sarah McClay, a zookeeper mauled to death by a tiger at the South Lakes Animal Park, in Cumbria.

Disciplinary:
He has acted for doctors and nurses before the GMC and Nursing-Midwifery Council, and for solicitors before the SDT.

International and serious complex crime:
He was Senior Appeals and Trial Counsel for the Office of The Prosecutor (OTP) (UNICTY) between 2009 and 2014, leading complex factual and legal prosecutions of international war crimes and crimes against humanity involving multiple accused at the highest levels of political and military leadership. Of particular note he led the prosecution response to the appeals of high-ranking military commanders convicted of genocide at Srebrenica in 1995, in the cases of Prosecutor v Popovic et al and Prosecutor v Tolimir. He also prosecuted the first ever re-trial before the UNICTY for multiple murders and torture offences concerning a former prime minister of Kosovo and national war hero - in the case of Prosecutor v Haradinaj, Balaj and Brahimaj.

Paul has also undertaken complex appellate work in the UK. In particular he acted as junior counsel to the Army in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (Supreme Court), in consolidated and conjoined appeals concerning whether trial by courts-martial was compatible with an accused’s right to a fair trial. (See R v Spear, Hastie & Others; R v Saunby & Others [2002] UKHL 31).

Paul Rogers