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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.
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.
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.
Areas of Law
“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