Gary is a director in our Environmental, Safety & Health practice based in our Manchester office.  His particular expertise covers health, safety and environmental prosecutions, corporate manslaughter, food safety and trading standards, including attendance at PACE interviews and advocacy in the Magistrates’ and Coroners’ Courts.

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    • Representing European chipboard manufacturer in relation to a prosecution by the HSE following an explosion at its production plant causing £8 million damage as a result of which one employee was very seriously injured. Represented the same client following an accident where two contractors were killed while performing maintenance work on a conveyor that was not isolated. 
    • Advising Greater Manchester Fire Service in relation to a health and safety prosecution brought by the HSE following the death of a firefighter whilst attempting to rescue of a member of the public from a pool at a nature reserve.
    • Regularly advising major construction client in relation to health and safety issues, including attendance at PACE interviews and representation at the Magistrates’ court. The last case involved a cherry picker, being operated in almost fully extended position, just within envelope of construction site, when it toppled over into a densely populated main street in Nottingham. The cherry picker operator sustained multiple serious injuries. The case was kept in the Magistrates’ Court for sentence.
    • Working knowledge of the printing industry as a result of advising and representing printing companies referred by the British Printing Industries Federation.
    • Representing mine owner charged with offences under the Water Resources Act 1991 when a tailings dam liquefied overwhelming the bund causing flooding in the village of Stoney Middleton and causing polluting matter to enter the River Derwent. The case was kept in the Magistrates' Court for sentence.
    • Represented Baldwins Crane Hire Limited which was charged and convicted of corporate manslaughter following trial in 2015.

    Education

    • College of Law, Chester, Law Society Finals, 1992
    • Staffordshire University, LL.B., 1990

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1994

    Languages

    • English
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2019 – “highly effective” and “his technical knowledge is exceptional”.
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Health & Safety, UK-wide. Clients say he is “extremely effective in court” and praise him for his “hands-on approach”.
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 and 2018 for Health and Safety.
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Health and Safety, where he is described as “top notch”.

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