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Paul Rogers has a proven track record in handling complex investigations, trials and appeals as lead counsel, at both the domestic and international level. He has many years experience leading cases at both the trial and appellate level.

As a senior prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UNICTY) Paul 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. In his domestic practice Paul has covered a full range of common law work, specialising in complex crime, and regulatory work including health & safety, trading standards, animal welfare and environment crime, including their related POCA proceedings. He has handled complex money-laundering, drug importation and VAT fraud prosecutions as lead counsel.

Disciplinary & Regulatory

Paul represents health professionals including at consultant level, in a range of misconduct and capability hearings before the MPTS, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and internal NHS Trust disciplinary / capability proceedings. He has recently acted for doctors in relation to drug / alcohol misuse and treatments using alternative medicine, and was instructed in capability proceedings concerning the ability of a consultant colo-rectal surgeon.

He represents interested persons including companies, directors and families at inquests. Recent inquests include: seven day jury inquest into the deaths of two construction workers following the collapse of a gable wall into a trench excavation; a four day inquest acting on behalf of care providers into the death of a dementia sufferer who left a care home, and a two 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 six weeks concerning the suicide of an inpatient at a psychiatric hospital, and in a lengthy inquest into the death of an autistic downs syndrome young man.

Health, Safety & Environment

Paul represents company directors and individuals charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and health and safety offences as a result of deaths in the workplace. He is currently instructed with Ben Compton QC in the defence of a project manager charged with gross negligence manslaughter arising from an accident at a construction site in London (R v Adsett & Others).

Paul acts for a wide range of companies from multinationals, to mid-range and small companies as well as their directors. His clients include those in the steel and food industries, building contractors, manufacturers, ferry operators, waste and recycling contractors. He recently defended Sevenoaks District Council with Richard Lissack QC in a prosecution brought against them arising from a fatality in the course of their road sweeping operations. He also acted for Hanson UK in a prosecution arising from a fatality occurring during packing operations.

He recently defended SERCO Ltd over a two week trial with Ben Compton QC in a prosecution brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency arising from the death of a crew-member on the Woolwich Ferry.

He also acted in the related inquest also for SERCO.

He represented the director and company (South Lakes Safari Zoo Ltd) in a prosecution brought by the local authority in relation to the death of a zoo keeper at the park after she was attacked and killed by a tiger.

Paul 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.

Marine & Fisheries

Paul has considerable experience of maritime matters and is himself a yacht owner and sailor.

He recently defended SERCO Ltd over a two week trial with Ben Compton QC in a prosecution brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency arising from the death of a crew-member on the Woolwich Ferry.

He also acted in the related inquest for SERCO Ltd.

He has recently advised a man in relation to an investigation into gross negligence manslaughter arising from a boating accident on the Thames.

He currently represents SEADRILL MANAGEMENT LTD in an inquest relating to the death of an engineer aboard an offshore drilling platform in Brazil.

He recently defended a Portsmouth based floating crane operator at Lewes Crown Court arising from a prosecution under the HSWA for a death resulting from a mooring line which parted during a lifting operation to secure a crawler crane on a floating barge.

International 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 Popović 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.

He is currently instructed by the CPS to advise the AG on whether crimes against humanity and war crimes offences can/ should be brought against individuals within the jurisdiction of the UK courts.

He recently led Katarina Sydow on behalf of the DPP in response to a judicial review application concerning the extent of customary international law in relation to diplomatic privilege of visiting officials to the UK in the case of Freedom and Justice Party v (1) Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (2) DPP [2016] EWHC 2010 (Admin).

Paul has recently been instructed by the Isle of Man Government in relation to a complex legal privilege review (LPP) in a substantial fraud investigation, and by the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York.

Transport

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 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; a lorry driver who killed a 69 year old man in a pile up on a slipway off the M4; a lorry driver who lost consciousness, swerved across the road colliding with a car and killing a pedestrian; a 58 year old woman who lost attention and killed a pedestrian on a crossing.

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“He is a very skilled criminal advocate with excellent analytical skills. He is both thorough and careful in reaching conclusions.” International Criminal Law, Chambers & Partners 2017

“Very careful and very bright, he’s dead serious about what he does and always takes pride in his work.” International Criminal Law, Chambers & Partners 2017

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