COVID-19

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Chambers’ building is closed and clerks and barristers are working remotely.

We are committed to ensuring that work is completed as efficiently as possible in these difficult times and ask our clients to contact us electronically in the first instance by emailing gsc@goughsq.co.uk or the relevant barrister directly.

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Health & safety

Both defending and prosecuting in relation to fatalities and non-fatal incidents in the workplace. Chambers also has experience of dealing with issues arising from failures of medical devices and the use of hazardous materials.

  • Wandsworth LBC v Caffe Nero Group Ltd (Wimbledon Magistrates’ court, March 2016): successful due diligence defence; food safety offences; wire in panini ingested by consumer; unauthorised use by employee, in breach of training and systems;
  • R (Kingston upon Hull City Council) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (High Court, 2016): judicial review of endorsement by BIS’ Better Regulation Delivery Office (‘BRDO’) of advice given under the Primary Authority Scheme to Greggs plc, concerning provision of sanitary facilities;
  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service v Tokyo Industries (York) Limited and Aaron Mellor; Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service v Aaron Mellor  (York Crown Court, 2015): successful prosecution concerning serious breaches of fire safety legislation at night clubs in York and Lincoln. The corporate defendant was fined £30,000 for guilty pleas in the  York matter and the individual defendant was fined £76,000 plus £67,000 costs after a three day trial in Lincoln and a guilty plea in the York matter;
  • Barnsley MBC v Asda Stores Ltd [2013]: slip in a freezer causing injury to employee; whether magistrates’ court should be allowed to retain jurisdiction;
  • Lincolnshire CC v Rahman [2013]: fire safety prosecution against managers of house in multiple occupation;
  • R v Gittins et al [2010]: prosecution of fall from a height death;
  • Re Nguyen [2008]: double fatality in a swimming pool on work premises;
  • Health and Safety Executive v Lincolnshire CC [2008]: defence of council; man injured while doing hot works on school premises;
  • Westminster LBC v Royal Horticultural Society [2007]: injury to worker from goods lift