5 Essex Court

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

Health & Safety

Barney has dealt with a wide array of cases defending alleged or actual statutory breaches, including HSWA 1974, PUWER, the PPE legislation, and the various regulations that apply to workplaces, contributing at an early stage in threatened proceedings and in associated negotiations with the HSE. He is instructed to advise pre-charge, in challenges to prohibition and improvement notices, to respond to Friskies schedules and to act at trial.

Barney has represented a number of defendants with notable experience in the printing industry and in heavy industry. His many years at the criminal bar gave him regular exposure to both Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, in which he is also able to deploy the full array of advocacy skills honed in the regulatory work he does elsewhere.

R (HSE) v Cammell Laird – advising on correspondence with HSE, on plea, in drafting a response to the Friskies schedule, analysis of the sentencing guidelines and subsequently at the sentencing hearing.

R (HSE) v Artisan Press Ltd – advising on and drafting the response to the Friskies schedule and appearance at the sentencing hearing.

R (HSE) v Lettershop Ltd – advising on and drafting the response to the Friskies schedule and appearance at the sentencing hearing.

R (HSE) v xxx – ongoing case regarding a fall from height, requiring submissions regarding tactical approach to take and how best to present the case.