Liam Walker successfully defends film production company on Health and Safety breach allegations

12.09.16 | |

Liam Walker acted for a company, NS, which was unanimously acquitted of serious breaches of Health and Safety regulations.


During production of a major motion picture an electrician suffered injuries during the de-rigging of a set at studios in London.  Liam was instructed by the production company prior to charge and, with his instructing solicitor Rachel Hubbard of BCL Burton Copeland, drafted representations that reduced the scope of the intended prosecution from the outset.


The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the production company on the basis that it was responsible for the electrician and thus was the ‘responsible person’ for the purposes of section 4 of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Liam advised, following in depth analysis of employment contracts and the construction of companies involved, that the allegations could be challenged effectively.


Following trial at Southwark Crown Court the jury unanimously acquitted the production company, despite calling no evidence and without the need for directors to attend proceedings.



Liam is regularly instructed to advise companies and their directors and officers facing criminal investigations or prosecution. He seeks to provide practical advice and representation and is able to assist in liaising with insurance providers to assess funding strategies for threatened and impending prosecutions. Additionally, as with the current case, where clients are based outside of the jurisdiction Liam is able to provide advice at convenient times via video and call conferencing facilities.  For more information please email Maurice MacSweeney, our Crime Business Development Director, or call on 020 7400 8906.

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