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Acquittals in Bosley Mill Case

Mill Manager Peter Shingler was today acquitted of all health & safety counts relating to the Bosley Mill explosion in July 2015 in which four people died. Mr Shingler was represented by Malcolm Galloway (Crown Office Chambers) and Lucy Wright (Lincoln house Chambers), who were instructed…Read more

Hugh Barton Secures Conviction of Four Serving Merseyside Police Officers

Hugh Barton has successfully prosecuted four serving Merseyside police officers in a trial which concluded yesterday at Liverpool’s Nightingale Court in the Liverpool Hilton. The four were convicted by the jury of Assault Occasioning ABH and Perverting the Course of Justice. The officers had attended a property in Southport to…Read more

Prime Biomass – “the other side of the story”

A month on from the sentence of two Directors of Prime Biomass Ltd Andrew Thomas QC & Samantha Riggs form Lincoln House Chambers have co-authored an article with Dr. Anna Willetts, Partner at Gunnercooke, which provides interesting analysis of the case and the lessons that can be learned. For the…Read more

Given strong mitigation, suspension reduced to 1 week following bridge strike

Richard Dawson represented an LGV driver for an international logistics company who had been called to a Driver Conduct Hearing following a bridge strike. Vehicles striking bridges or other road infrastructure pose a significant risk to occupants of those vehicles and other road users.  Such collisions also result in disruption to the…Read more

Operator’s Licence retained at Public Inquiry

Richard Dawson was instructed by Kathryn Lucas at The Environment Practice to represent both the Operator and the Transport Manager of a livestock haulage company, who had been called to Public Inquiry. In both cases, the Traffic Commissioner was persuaded that there should be no loss of repute or, in…Read more

Driver cleared of wrongdoing on re-trial – case stopped at half-time

A driver, FE, was cleared of wrongdoing after pulling across the path of an oncoming motorcycle, whose rider was tragically killed in the ensuing collision. In what was to be her final Jury trial before retirement, a Judge in Preston, who had presided over the original trial, ruled that there…Read more

Success before the Traffic Commissioner for Richard Dawson & Weightmans

Richard Dawson defending, retained the Operator’s Licence for a prominent recycling firm in circumstances where a number of shortcomings had been identified and revocation of the O Licence was a real possibility. Historic administrative failures in updating records with the Office of the Traffic Commissioner led to the calling of…Read more