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Paul Rogers

Sentencing Guidelines and Prosecution of Individuals in Health & Safety cases

The Health and Safety Lawyers Association (“HSLA”) spring seminar programme attracted over 150 delegates across three separate seminars this year. James Leonard, Paul Rogers, Tim Green and Oliver Powell of Outer Temple Chambers provided key talks across the three seminars. They addressed the impact of the new sentencing guidelines and the increased prosecution by the HSE of individuals, to audiences in Bristol, London and Birmingham, with a Glasgow seminar scheduled for June. Links to the slides used in the Birmingham event on 25 April can be found here and here.

Events 3 May, 2017

Investigating & Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Conference

Paul Rogers speaks at the Investigating and Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Conference. This is taking place today, 20 April at the University of Liverpool in London. Discussions cover HMG Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative; sexual violence under international humanitarian law and supporting the needs of survivors in the field; locating, communicating with and interviewing victims of sexual violence; charging strategies; challenges and best practice for witness evidence gathering; and some more other interesting topics. Paul gives an insight into trial strategies for UK prosecutions. To find out more about Paul’s practice, please see his profile here.  

News 20 Apr, 2017

Hanover Square fatal accident – acquittals

Ben Compton QC and Paul Rogers represented Claire Gordon, a project manager for window manufacturing company Drawn Metal Ltd, in her recent eight week trial for manslaughter by gross negligence and for breaches of section 7 HSWA 1974. She was acquitted of both charges. A set of window frames weighing in excess of 600kg had been delivered and left on the pavement on Hanover Street, by Hanover Square in central London, when they fell and tragically killed a pedestrian Amanda Telfer. The prosecution had alleged Claire Gordon had failed to take steps to ensure the frames were transported, secured and stored safely. The jury rejected the prosecution assertions against her in unanimous not guilty verdicts after three and a half days of deliberations.…

News 27 Mar, 2017

Paul Rogers represents successful appellant in Criminal Court of Appeal

MJ Allen Holdings Ltd pleaded guilty before the Crown Court to an offence under the work at height regulations. Three of its maintenance workers went onto a fragile roof of approximately 10-11 feet high, using crawling boards that had no edge protection to replace a fan. Whilst on the roof, one of the workers slipped on the crawling board and put his foot through the roof. He did not fall and no proper risk assessment had been undertaken. As a result, no proper method of work had been devised that adhered to health and safety guidelines about working on fragile rooves. However, the learned sentencing judge imposed on the company a fine of £160,000, which has been halved by the…

News 13 Jan, 2017

Paul Rogers & Katarina Sydow in diplomatic immunity case

Paul Rogers and Katarina Sydow were instructed to represent the Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”) to resist a claim for judicial review at a hearing on 28 and 29 June 2016 before Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Jay. The claim was brought by the Freedom and Justice Party and members of the deposed former government of Egypt, among others, against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) and the DPP, with Amnesty International and Redress intervening and the Metropolitan Police joined as an Interested Party. The Claimants sought the arrest  in the UK of the current Egyptian Chief of Staff, Lt-General Hegazy, for alleged offences of torture committed in Egypt, pursuant to the universal jurisdiction provided by section 134 of…

News 7 Jul, 2016

Ben Compton QC & Paul Rogers in tiger killing case

Ben Compton QC and Paul Rogers defend South Lakes Safari Zoo Limited and David Gill, its sole director, in the tiger killing case involving a 24 year old zoo handler, Sarah McClay. Both company and director originally faced a 14 count indictment alleging widespread systemic failures in relation to the running of the tiger house. However, following successful negotiations, the prosecution agreed to drop all counts (seven in total) including four s.37 allegations against David Gill and the company pleaded on a prepared and limited basis to a section 2 and 3 offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The section 2 offence concerned failings in the zoo’s risk assessment to have a suitable and sufficient maintenance…

News 14 Jun, 2016

Head injuries in sport – A litigation update

Jonathan Hand and Paul Rogers gave a presentation on ‘Legislation, Litigation & Regulation’ at the Headway Devon’s educational seminar on Head Injuries and Sport.

News 18 May, 2015

Paul Rogers teaching advocacy in The Hague

Paul Rogers has been invited by the Advocacy Training Council (ATC), the BSB approved training entity for the Bar, to conduct advocacy training  in The Hague. The training will take place over two days, 23/24 May, and is part of the international advocacy course for lawyers practising at the international tribunals in The Hague.

News 18 May, 2015

Paul Rogers represents South Lakes Wild Animal Park in the inquest into the death of Sarah McClay

Outer Temple’s Paul Rogers represents South Lakes Wild Animal Park in the inquest into the death of Sarah McClay, an animal carer who was killed when attacked by a tiger, in the keeper enclosure of the tiger house in May 2013. Paul was instructed by RPC solicitors.

News 16 Sep, 2014

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