Insights into the Inquests arising from the Croydon Tram Disaster

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Date(s) - 03/03/2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm



The HSLA invites you to a member event looking at the Inquests into the Croydon Tram Disaster. On 9 November 2016, at about 06.07 hrs a tram derailed and overturned at a sharp bend known as the Sandilands curve. This catastrophic event, resulting in seven fatalities, was the worst accident to occur on a British tramway for more than 90 years.

The speakers will be Giles Mooney QC, who acted for a number of the families of the victims, Gary Rubin and Miles Bennett who acted for the tram driver, Fiona Canby who acted for TfL and Oliver Powell who acted for Bombardier.

The event will look at:

– the focus on the tram driver and whether it marks a return to blaming individuals;

– the application of Norfolk and the particular challenges Norfolk posed for the families;

– unlawful killing conclusions and whether Maughan made any difference to the approach;

– Article 2; and

– jury management and directions.

Introduction: 1730
Amy Sadro
Vice Secretary, HSLA and Deputy Chair of the HSLA Events Committee

Speakers’ brief biographies:


Fiona Canby
Barrister, Temple Gardens Chambers


Fiona Canby

Fiona is a leading junior for inquests and inquiries and health and safety. She was shortlisted for Chambers and Partners’ Health and Safety Junior of the Year 2019. She has been recommended in the legal directories for health and safety since 2007. She is also recommended for her work in inquests and inquiries. She represented Transport for London in the Inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005 and the Inquests into the terror attacks at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge and Borough Market. She is experienced in public inquiries such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and IICSA.


Giles Mooney QC
Barrister, 9 Gough Chambers


Giles Mooney QC

Giles is a civil practitioner specialising in clinical negligence, professional negligence and personal injury. His work involves catastrophic injury cases involving brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and birth injuries. Recent settlements for Claimants have included numerous multi million-pound awards in cases involving, Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy, Persistent Vegetative State, paralysis, Cauda Equina Syndrome and upper and lower limb amputations. Giles regularly acts for Interested Parties in Inquests and is currently instructed by two families of the deceased in the Croydon Tram Crash Inquest.


Oliver Powell
Barrister, Outer Temple Chambers


Oliver Powell

Oliver Powell is ranked in both Chambers & Partners (UK) and The Legal 500 (in five practice areas).
He undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce. His practice encompasses: asset forfeiture & civil recovery; business crime; civil fraud; corporate investigations; financial services; health, safety and environment; indirect tax and maritime regulatory law. Recent or extant work includes acting for Bombardier in relation to the 2016 Croydon tram derailment.


Gary Rubin
Head of Regulatory Team, Blackfords


Gary Rubin
Gary is a Partner in the firm and heads the Regulatory Team. He has a particular emphasis on all aspects of employment-related criminal matters and Health and Safety and Regulatory Law. Gary acts for individuals, companies and other organisations and specialises in investigations and prosecutions of corporate manslaughter or manslaughter by gross negligence where there has been a workplace fatality. Gary also advises companies on health and safety policies and procedures and regulatory compliance across many industries.


Miles Bennett
Barrister, 5 Paper Buildings


Miles Bennett

Having been instructed in excess of 20 murder trials, numerous fraud and rape cases in the early part of his career, Miles uses his experience, advocacy skills, tactical awareness, common sense and judgment to get the best practical and commercial result for his clients. Miles is ranked in Band 1 for leading juniors for Consumer Law in both the current Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and is ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for Health and Safety.

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