Gross negligence manslaughter in 2021: a study of R v MPM
HSLA Webinar 23 September, 2021
Prashant Popat QC, Henderson Chambers
Oliver Campbell QC, Henderson Chambers
Richard Crockford, Clyde & Co
Chaired by Tim Hill, HSLA events lead
Prashant Popat QC, Oliver Campbell QC and Christopher Adams, of Henderson Chambers, instructed by Richard Crockford, Susan Cha and Laura Bradford at Kennedys, acted for three defendants in a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter arising from the death of an employee who fell from Eastbourne pier in 2014 during work to repair the pier.
The gross negligence charges against the human defendants were dismissed at the close of the prosecution case, following 6 weeks of trial in early 2021. The case gave rise to several points of general interest.
Topics covered include:
*Particularisation of the prosecution case
*Expert opinion on the ultimate issue
*Approach to a submission of no case to answer
*Components of gross negligence manslaughter