Date(s) - 09/05/2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lecture One: Corporate Manslaughter and its interplay with the H&SWA
Are smaller organisations more at risk of a prosecution for corporate manslaughter following a workplace fatality? What is the consequence of members of senior management having a supervisory role? Based on his recent experience of defending a partnership in a corporate manslaughter trial Andrew Langdon QC will focus on the some of the nebulous concepts at play in corporate manslaughter and the potential effect of the interaction of s2(2)(c) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 with the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. ‘
Lecture Two: Corporate fines: linked organisations,parent companies and economic realities.
How are fines determined in health and safety cases? How does the size of an organisation affect the starting point for sentence? What impact do linked organisations and parent companies have on the ultimate sentence imposed, and what are the implications for smaller companies? Alistair Haggerty will look at how the courts have approached the sometimes complex world of corporate fines in a number of important recent cases.
Andrew Langdon QC. Andrew was Leader of the Western Circuit (2013 – 2015), Vice Chairman (2016) and Chairman of the Bar (2017). He has defended and prosecuted cases brought by the HSE for many years. These have included fatalities and high profile cases – for example, the Port Talbot Steel Work explosion in 2005, the Buncefield explosion in 2010, and the care home investigation, Operation Jasmine, in 2012. Since his return to practice in January 2018 he has successfully defended a large company charged with a section 2 HSWA prosecution concerning a fatal accident at work and a partnership charged with corporate manslaughter. Andrew is leading the Prosecution team in the case of HSE v Valero Energy Ltd and B & A Contracts Ltd arising out of an incident in which four workers were killed. Andrew has won a deserved reputation for his outstanding ability to handle heavy and complex cases
Alistair Haggerty. Alistair has an established regulatory practice and is on the panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates. His experience spans a number of regulatory disciplines, including health and safety and environmental law. He has also represented individuals in cases concerning fraudulent trading, intellectual property and trademark regulations. He is currently being led by Andrew Langdon QC as part of the prosecution team in HSE v Valero Energy Ltd and B&A Contracts Ltd.
The event is free to HSLA members. Non members can join HSLA and attend the event free of charge and all other HSLA events.