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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.

Paul has significant experience in the international field as a senior prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UNICTY), and domestically in relation to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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 British Airways Avionics, Wanis, Tesla Engineering, SERCO, Tayto, Anglian Windows Ltd . Paul acts for care homes and care providers in relation to CQC prosecution and in inquests concerning deaths in care. Recent clients include a hospital director employed by Priory Healthcare, and  large care providers such as Lifeways Community Care Ltd.

Paul advises the DPP/AG and CPS in relation to grave international crimes and issues of diplomatic immunity. He appeared for the prosecution in the case of R v Agnes Reeves Taylor –(allegations of torture arising from the first Liberian Civil War in 1990) at all levels including in the Supreme Court R v Reeves Taylor [2019] UKSC 51. The case established a landmark ruling on the breadth of the international crime of torture as enacted in domestic legislation under section 134 Criminal Justice Act 1988. He also acted for the DPP in the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal in the case of Freedom and Justice Party & Another v Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2018] EWCA Civ 1719, [2016] EWHC Admin 2010 a case determining the scope of immunities from arrest and prosecution for persons on special missions.

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.

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

He represented SEADRILL MANAGEMENT LTD in an inquest relating to the death of an engineer aboard an offshore drilling platform in Brazil. He  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 represented the master of a tug, and the tug owner in relation to an overturning and sinking accident on the River Thames causing the loss of the tug’s engineer when a towing operation went wrong

He acts for a major tug company in relation to an accident on the River Mersey.


Paul Rogers is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


“He is calm under pressure, anticipates potential pitfalls and is very convincing in his advocacy.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2021

“A great advocate.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2021

“A measured and effective prosecutor who doesn’t overstate his case.” International Criminal Law, Chambers & Partners 2021

“Paul is a very capable advocate and a pleasure to work with. I’ve instructed him to represent individuals with great results.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He is very experienced, seasoned, well prepared and to the point in his cross-examinations.” Health & Safety, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He regularly circulates in the international criminal area.” International Criminal Law, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He is a very good advocate with great judgement.” International Criminal Law, Chambers & Partners 2020

“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



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