Health and safety event a big hit

Posted by Claire Rawle, 9th December 2019
On Wednesday, 4 December, Blake Morgan and Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) South Coast branch joined together to present a health and safety mock sentencing hearing at Blake Morgan’s Southampton office.

Solicitors from Blake Morgan’s Health and Safety team, Tom Walker and Claire Rawle, along with barrister Stuart Jessop, from 6 Pump Court Chambers, presented the mock sentencing hearing based upon a series of health and safely offences at a construction site that have been prosecuted, notwithstanding the fact that no injury was caused.

The hearing focused on the Sentencing Guidelines that came into force in February 2016 and which have resulted in a significant increase in penalties for offenders.

The event provided valuable insight into how the Criminal Courts address the legal responsibilities of decision-makers and advisors involved in work posing health and safety risks. The 120 delegates who attended the event acted as the jury in the case, and were able to question the judge on his final sentencing decision.

This highly popular and sold-out event was very well received by those who attended.  Similar events are planned for 2020.

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Health and Safety mock trial feedback

“Thanks to Blake Morgan LLP for hosting the IOSH training day yesterday. The mock sentencing hearing was really fascinating: a great job by Tom Walker, Claire Rawle and Stuart Jessop in playing their respective roles.” – A delegate on social media.

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