Prosecuting and defending Health and Safety cases of the utmost severity and complexity including serious injury and fatalities. Christopher has recently enjoyed particular success in prosecutions involving fatalities. Specifically Christopher recently dealt with a case involving the death of a worker instructed to dismantle a split rim crane wheel which involved detailed mechanical evidence.
Christopher has successful represented a Local Authority where a company has been charged with health and safety offences leading to the death of an 8 year old girl. The case involved detailed technical evidence and led to the successful prosecution of the company and recovery of costs.
He represents and advises local authorities and large organisations and gets immediately to the heart of the issues by way of early conferences and advices and cutting through complicated technical evidence. Christopher is keen to immediately address the case at hand by means of site visits and detailed involvement on the ground.
He is involved in factory safety cases, construction, leisure, transport and local government covering falls from height, injury and death from health and safety malpractice in the work place and at public events.
He specialises in serious breaches of health and safety including the most serious injuries and/or loss of limbs or serious impairment.
He has dealt successfully with farming and animal welfare offences including cattle movement offences and the most serious allegations of animal neglect. He also conducts licensing hearings for local authorities.
Christopher appreciates fully the issue of costs to local authorities and has achieved consistently an excellent record in the recovery of costs and can assist with the production of detailed schedules and is a specialist in this area. From a defence perspective he also specialises in limiting the costs of the Prosecuting Authority.
Christopher has given seminars on the key elements of regulatory prosecutions and anti social behaviour and housing law to various local authorities. Including the tips and tactics for successful Court proceedings. He has additionally recently lectured to a number of leading Solicitors firms including to the Solicitors Group.
• Possession and Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions.
• Injunctions (land and antisocial behaviour and case law update).
• Licensing “getting your reasoning right”.
Denbighshire County Council v Sanders Machinery and David Sanders: Company and individual prosecuted for breach of health and safety in respect of asking an employee to remove a split rim wheel with no training resulting in death. Fine of £150,000 imposed with recovery of costs in the sum of £1110,000.
Flintshire County Council v. Plas Coch Holiday Homes Limited: Drowning of young girl due to excessive gradient of swimming pool. Company fined and costs recovered.
Denbighshire County Council v Enterprise Inns: Ongoing case involving the fatality of an elderly man during a beer walk event due to lack of fencing.
Flintshire County Council -v- Reynolds (Social Security benefit fraud)  EWHC 195 (Admin): The issue was whether the term “knowingly” should be interpreted strictly in benefit fraud cases.
Case comment: Appeal dismissed. The Magistrates were entitled on a factual basis to find that the Defendant had not acted “knowingly”. However the Court of Appeal issued guidance on the Housing benefit and Council tax claim from resulting in the claim form being changed on a national basis.