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HSE v London Borough of Camden

Her Honour Judge Taylor today passed sentence in this case at Southwark Crown Court.

The case related to an accident in January 2007, when a section of brick boundary wall at the Council’s Wendling Estate collapsed in high winds, killing a two-year-old boy.

Camden pleaded guilty to a single breach of s.3 HSWA, and, following a three day Newton hearing into the issue of causation, the Council was sentenced (under the Sentencing Guidelines Council’s ‘Definitive Guideline’) to a fine of £72,000 plus costs of £65,000.

The case demonstrates the extent to which financial penalties should be reduced where the offender is a public body.

Dominic Kay represented the London Borough of Camden, instructed by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.

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