Regulatory Crime
  1. Health and Safety
    Chris has many years' experience of advising organisations and individuals on Health and Safety. He has represented the full range of clients from multi-national construction companies to local charities and individuals. Chris provides pro-active legal advice as well as representation in the criminal courts.
  2. Food Hygiene and Safety
    Chris advises food businesses and individuals on legal compliance issues, and has represented a wide range of clients facing enforcement proceedingsranging from a luxury hotel chain to pubs.
  3. Environment
    Chris has a keen interest in the environment and sustainability issues. In recent years he has defended organisations and individuals charged with a variety of offences involving water pollution, breach of environmental permits, tree preservation orders, and waste.
  4. Trading Standards
    Chris previously worked for a large UK manufacturer and now provides pro-active advice on compliance with trading standards laws. He has also defended organisations and individuals in enforcement proceedings involving a wide range of products from tobacco to vehicles.
  5. Inquests
    Chris frequently appears on behalf of interested persons at coroner's inquests. He fully understands the sensitive nature of this work and has appeared on behalf of bereaved families, employers, police officers and medical professionals.
  6. Regulatory Compliance
    As an experienced regulatory barrister and former legal compliance manager for a large UK automotive manufacturer, Chris can provide pro-active and clear advice on a wide range of regulatory issues from safety to requiremnets under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

RECENT WORK

HEALTH & SAFETY

ENVIRONMENT

NOISE COMPLAINTS

Chris was recently instructed to represent a telecommunications company being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE")following a serious workplace accident. He advised the company in agreeing a basis of plea with the HSE which ensured that the case was dealt with quickly in the Magistrates' Court  avoiding a potentially high fine and reducing both legal fees and disruption to the business. 
Chris has advised on a number of nuisance cases involving noise, vibration and odours. He  recently led negotiations on behalf of a market leading construction company being prosecuted for  noise outside of permitted hours and succeeded in persuading the local authority to withdraw the prosecution.
Chris recently represented a dairy farmer at trial who was being prosecuted by the Environment Agency for polluting a watercourse with farm effluent. The farmer was acquitted and a defence costs order was made ensuring that some of his legal costs were reimbursed.  

INQUESTS

COMPLIANCE ADVICE & TRAINING

HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION ("HMO")

Chris was recently instructed on a Public Access basis to represent a housing charity at its appeal against fines it had received for safety and management failings whilst unrepresented in the Magistrates' Court. He succeeded in having the fines substantially reduced and the payment period increased to two years ensuring that the charity had sufficient time to pay. 
Chris recently represented the parents of a young man who was tragically killed whilst at work. He supported the family throughout the coroner's inquest proceedings acting as their advocate at the inquest. 
Chris provides advocacy and legal training to a national safety regulator. He also regularly gives talks on regulatory issues to various business and interest groups. He is very experienced in undertaking legal reviews of  business management systems and procedures.  He provides clear, pro-active legal compliance advice and has recently advised on a broad range of issues from parking enforcement to modern slavery, and