Bevan Brittan’s Health and Safety Team has recently advised on a particularly complex and widely reported local authority prosecution. We represented Reading Borough Council who successfully prosecuted both Arcadia Group Ltd and Topshop/Topman Ltd following the death of a 10-year-old boy in a retail outlet. After an extensive investigation and 12-week trial, a jury found both Arcadia Group Limited and Topshop/Topman Limited guilty of breaching health and safety offences. At the sentencing hearing, Arcadia Group Limited and TopShop/Topman Limited were each fined £650,000 and £350,000 respectively for their breaches (amounting to a combined fine of £1million). Each were also ordered to pay £530,000 in respect of the Council’s costs.
This webinar gave a real, practical insight in to what it is like to run a legal criminal prosecution and covered the following:
1. Project Management and resourcing tips for large scale prosecutions
2. Jurisdiction – multi-agency investigations; cross over with the HSE and dealing with the police
3. The public interest test
4. Management of large-scale disclosure and witness evidence
5. Running a paper free/electronic trial
6. Sentencing submissions and costs.
This recording will be of particular interest to: Those who are responsible for criminal regulatory enforcement action within their organisation, including health and safety officers, environmental health officers and fire safety officers.