Training course

Defending Health and Safety Prosecutions

20 November 2019
10:00 - 16:00
DLA Piper UK LLP, London
  • Neil Allen - Barrister and Team Leader, SBS-Legal Solutions

160 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HT

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Being prosecuted under health and safety Law presents the most challenging and pressurised litigation any local government lawyer can face, often involving cases of serious injury, sometimes fatalities, and often conducted in the glare of publicity. For once we are up against the power of the state in the shape of the Health and Safety Executive or even the police and CPS. The stakes are high, and prosecutions can come up with little or no warning. They are unique in that local authorities are not used to being in the dock. A good knowledge of health and safety law is an essential part of any local government lawyer’s ‘toolkit’.

This course will cover:

  • Key principles of health and safety law in the context of defending a prosecution
  • Where to find more detailed law, i.e. regulations, and its application
  • Practical advice for dealing with an ongoing investigation
  • Ethical issues, dealing with witnesses, conflicts of interest where individuals are defendants as well, and publicity
  • An overview of the procedure involved

This course is suitable for all practitioners involved in advising local authorities on health and safety enforcement and representing them in court.


All levels

This course will contribute to the following aspects of the SRA’s Statement of solicitor competence:

A1 Act honestly and with integrity, in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct

A2 Maintain the level of competence and legal knowledge needed to practice effectively, taking into account changes in their role and/or practice context and developments in the law

A3 Work within the limits of their competence and the supervision which they need

A4 Draw on sufficient detailed knowledge and understanding of their field(s) of work and role in order to practice effectively

A5 Apply understanding, critical thinking and analysis to solve problems

B1 Obtain relevant facts

B2 Undertake legal research

B3 Develop and advise on relevant options, strategies and solutions

B4 Draft documents which are legally effective and accurately reflect the client’s instructions

B5 Undertake effective spoken and written advocacy

B6 Negotiate solutions to clients’ issues

B7 Plan, manage and progress legal cases and transactions

C2 Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with clients

C3 Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with other people

D1 Initiate, plan, prioritise and manage work activities and projects to ensure that they are completed efficiently, on time and to an appropriate standard both in relation to their own work and work that they lead or supervise

Defending Health and Safety Prosecutions

20 November 2019 | 10:00 - 16:00

£215 +VAT

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