Health & Safety Lawyers' Association

Representing individuals in health & safety investigations, at a police station and at court; a practical discussion

Cost: FREE

This event is free to members. If you are a non member and wish to attend please email the administrator

The Lecture

Increasingly individuals are prosecuted following robust investigation into an incident at work. As a legal adviser representing individuals may present unique challenges and take us into unfamiliar territory. In this lecture Mark Balysz of Crown Office Chambers and Gary Rubin, a partner at Blackfords will share their experiences of representing individuals at the investigation stage, at the police station and in court.

Gary Rubin will speak about the powers of the police, initial police attendance at a scene of an incident, powers of arrest, pre and post charge powers of the police, bail, pre interview disclosure, interviews under caution and general police conduct. He will also give advice on how best an individual’s position can be protected at the investigation and police interview stage.

Mark Balysz will speak about his experience of defending individuals during a trial, important presentation issues that may influence a jury and key issues to consider when there is more than one defendant.

The lecture will be a practical session and use recent cases to illustrate good practice and where difficulties might arise. It will include consideration of a recent case in which a director was arrested, detained for three days prior to an interview under caution and ultimately acquitted following trial.

The Speakers

Mark Balysz is one of the country’s leading criminal and inquest advocates, specialising in corporate and individual manslaughter, health and safety, environmental prosecutions, trading offences and financial crime. Mark joined Crown Office Chambers in 2010.

Gary Rubin is a partner at Blackfords and he heads the Regulatory Team. He specialises in all aspects of employment related crime and health and safety and regulatory law. He regularly receives instructions in health & safety investigations, gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter, fraud, allegations against professional persons, coroner inquests and serious and general crime.

Registration is at 17.30. The lecture is at 18.00 until 19.00 followed by a drinks reception

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