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Ben Compton QC & Oliver Powell speak at Port Skills & Safety


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Ben Compton QC and Oliver Powell were invited by Port Skills & Safety, a joint venture between UKMPG and the British Ports Association to improve safety standards in the marine industry, to speak at its workshop: “Whose choice is it anyway…?”

Ben spoke on the ‘Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline’, whilst Oliver conducted a mock trial, as well as sitting on a specialist panel dealing with marine related health and safety questions. Other speakers included: Chris Newton, Partner, and Alex Penberthy, Partner, Keoghs; Mike Yarwood, Claims Executive, TT Club; Stephen Haynes, Programme Manager, Mates in Mind; and Adam Christopher, Director, Active Training Team Ltd.

The unique and insightful workshop was designed to instil participants with ownership and practical leadership skills to challenge unsafe actions, unsafe conditions and to enable employees to be safety leaders. The workshop was attended by approximately 100 people from a variety of British port authorities, as well as industry partners and key stakeholders from British ports, including amongst others, P&O Ferries.

Ben is a specialist advocate in health and safety renowned for his extensive experience in civil and criminal courts, subsequent appeals at the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, together with jury inquests throughout the UK. He is recognised as one of the country’s leading health & safety law barristers, ranked in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners, and in 2015 he was awarded the accolade of “Health & Safety Silk of the Year” at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.

Oliver is the leading junior at the Bar for maritime regulatory work, with an authoritative and unrivalled specialism in marine & fisheries. His marine experience covers all types of vessels. He receives instructions from a variety of different individuals and organisations. These include: charterers, owners, operators, International Transport Workers’ Federation, Masters, P&I Clubs, MCA, PLA and IFCAs.

Outer Temple Chambers continues to show its strength in maritime regulatory work, with members providing an authoritative specialism in marine & fisheries law.

Should you require further information about Ben and/or Oliver, or if you would like to instruct either of them, please contact Nicholas Levett.


Barristers: Ben Compton QC | Oliver Powell
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