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Crown Office Chambers has moved online for the duration of the COVID -19 outbreak

News | 23rd Mar 2020

All phone and email communications are operating as normal and we have full phone and video virtual conferencing facilities. We continue to provide outstanding legal advice and expertise and serve and assist our clients in current and new matters. Instructions and papers are accepted electronically Hard copy papers must be sent directly to the barrister […]

Healthcare equipment company released from inquest

News | 20th Mar 2020

The learned Assistant Coroner for Lancashire and Blackburn has today ruled that criticisms of Harry’s client, a world leading healthcare equipment manufacturer, were put forward by a source unqualified to make them. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) had critiqued product design however such censure was dismissed in full. Further issues relating to the Product Information […]

Mark Balysz has secured the acquittal at trial of a leading plastics manufacturer

News | 9th Mar 2020

Mark Balysz, instructed by Bob Davies at BLM, has secured the acquittal at trial of a leading plastics manufacturer. The company was prosecuted for breaching s.2 HSWA and regulation 12 PUWER. Pursuant to pre-trial submissions the prosecution opted to pursue the PUWER charge only, considering it an offence of near strict liability.  An employee had […]

Solicitors obtain summary judgment and strike out of a claim by a litigation funder

News | 27th Feb 2020

The Court has held that a solicitors’ obligations to a third party litigation funder are determined by the contractual arrangements between them, and the litigant.  There was not a free-standing duty of disclosure to the funder and the solicitors did not owe fiduciary duties to the funder.  Daniel Shapiro QC and James Sharpe acted for […]

Mike Atkins and Sandesh Singh represent Principal Contractor and Principal Designer in timber frame fire safety case

News | 24th Feb 2020

Mike Atkins represented the Principal Contractor and Sandesh Singh represented the Principal Designer. Both organisations were charged with contravening section 3 of HSWA 1974 in relation to the design and construction of new timber framed building immediately adjacent to an occupied residential building. It was alleged that both organisations had failed to ensure that the appropriate category […]


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