Shoosmiths' Regulatory team joined forces with the Working Well Together Group (WWT) in the East Midlands to showcase how a health and safety prosecution is brought to trial, from the initial PACE interview to facing cross examination in a criminal court.
"Working with Shoosmiths has given me valuable experience of what it would be like to actually be in a courtroom situation facing highly trained legal professionals. They are certainly specialists in their field and their training is excellent"
Paul John Construction Ltd
WWT is joint initiative between the construction industry and the Health and Safety Executive and aims to deliver help and advice to the construction industry to drive down construction accidents and help protect construction companies against criminal penalties in the future.
Shoosmiths has a long standing relationship with the East Midlands WWT. Following on from previous successful mock trials, we thought it would be useful for WWT's members to learn about the full spectrum of the criminal enforcement regime, including critical tactical considerations such as whether to attend an interview under caution and what type of questions you may face in court as a director, senior manager or employee.
Shoosmiths worked closely with WWT and the Health and Safety Executive to create a realistic accident scenario. The event started with a mock HSE PACE interview under caution and finished with the Operations Director (played by Andy Cartridge from Paul John Construction Ltd) being vigorously cross examined at trial in front of 100 WWT members.
To ramp up the real-life experience, Shoosmiths brought in the highly experienced barrister Tim Green, St Philips Chambers, to really test the Operation Director's resolve. The event was a fantastic success.
Shoosmiths' Regulatory team are highly experienced in representing both companies and individuals in HSE and other regulatory investigations. If your company would benefit from similar training, or any other assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.