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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, and represents interested persons at inquests arising from work related deaths.
Paul acts for a wide range of companies from multinationals, to mid-range and small companies as well as their directors. His clients are drawn from a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, ferry operators, waste and recycling contractors, and local authorities. They include such organisations as Greene King, Hanson Aggregates, Downwell Demolition Ltd, Robinson & Birdsell Ltd, Anglian Windows Ltd, Tayto Group PLC, SERCO Ltd, British Airways Avionics Engineering Ltd and many other smaller construction and manufacturing firms.
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
- HSE v Downwell Demolition Ltd : successfully defended a demolition contractor in a prosecution of three construction contractors – not guilty verdict after a jury trial
- In relation to a death from a fall from height during the construction of a steel framed warehouse
- He is currently instructed by insurers for an interested party relating to the collapse of the Didcot boiler house during preparations for its demolition, and for one of the construction core participants in the Grenfell Fire Inquiry.
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
- A director of a construction company charged after an employee was electrocuted after striking a buried cable
- A director of a company arising from the death of a worker after the collapse of a poorly retained wall
- A director of a building company after insufficient edge protection had been installed
- Together with Ben Compton QC, Paul 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 also acts for companies and individuals in Health and Safety related inquests. Recently he has represented:
- A firm of structural engineers at a 10-day jury inquest into the death of a worker arising from a collapsed wall during trench excavations
- The director of Capstone Building Ltd at a 5-day jury inquest arising from the death of a worker after the collapse of a wall during a concrete pour
- A groundwork construction company at a 4-day jury inquest into the death of a banksman during the operation of a telehandler.
Other 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.
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.
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“Very good with clients, a pleasure to work with and someone with an absolutely immaculate eye for detail.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2019
“Hard-working and very supportive.” International Criminal Law, Chambers & Partners 2019
“He’s very good with the client, a pleasure to deal with, and someone with an absolutely immaculate eye for detail.” International Criminal Law, Chambers & Partners 2019
“He is really exceptional, works incredibly hard and has a very intelligent understanding of cases.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2018
“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