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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.
Paul has significant experience in the international field as a senior prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UNICTY).
His current practice centres on the defence of corporations, directors and individuals for offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and gross negligence manslaughter. Recent corporate clients include SERCO, Tayto Group, Anglian Windows Ltd, South Lakes Safari Zoo ltd, Hanson Group and many others. Paul also acts in related inquests.
Paul advises the DPP/AG and CPS in relation to international crimes and issues of immunity in this jurisdiction.
He 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, Poland and in the UK. He is an approved advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple.
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.
Paul represents company directors and individuals charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and health and safety offences as a result of deaths in the workplace.
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. Paul has recently been instructed by one of the parties in a fire-related case. He also defended Sevenoaks District Council 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.
Recent Instructions include R v Adsett & 6 others: together with Ben Compton QC, Paul successfully defended a project manager at the Central Criminal Court in an eight week trial who was charged with gross negligence manslaughter and a section 7 HSWA offence arising from the collapse of a window frame in Hanover Square, London and the death of Amanda Telfer a pedestrian passing by at the time.
He has also recently defended, amongst many others, Tayto Group Plc, Anglian Windows Ltd, Greene King, and SERCO Ltd. In relation to SERCO he represented the company 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 represents directors charged under section 37 HSWA. These include a director of a construction company charged after a dumper truck overturned injuring the driver, the director of a construction company charged after an employee was electrocuted after striking a buried cable.
Paul also acts for companies and individuals in Health and Safety related inquests. Recent instructions include acting for a Hospital Director in a three week Article 2 inquest relating to the death of a psychiatric patient at the Priory Roehampton, and acting for a director and company in an inquest relating to the death of a construction worker from a collapsed wall.
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.
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.
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 is lead counsel prosecuting (in the UK) Agnes Taylor the former wife of Charles Taylor, former president of Sierra Leone, for offences of torture committed during the first Liberian Civil War in 1990.
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  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.
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