• 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. 
    In this webinar, Bevan Brittan’s lead Partner for this case, Adam Kendall, was joined by Junior Counsel Valerie Charbit (Red Lion Chambers)James Ageros KC (Crown Office Chambers) and Katie Heath (Reading Borough Council) the Principal Environmental Health Officer who led this case from the initial investigation to its conclusion at trial. 
    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. 

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