Year of Call: 1990

Year of Silk: 2006

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A master tactician and strategic thinker who is always on his game. The depth and breadth of his knowledge across a wide range of issues is second to none.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Personal Injury

Accidents at work/deaths at work can result in both criminal proceedings against the employer in question as well as private law claims for damages arising from the accident. Insurers tend to be involved in both proceedings and since commencement of his practice Derek’s practice has always involved representing companies or individuals being prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act/daughter legislation as well then acting for them in any subsequent civil proceedings (or inquests).

Derek frequently receives instructions from the employer’s liability insurers of companies and individuals who are facing health and safety prosecutions in the criminal courts and he is very experienced in relation to trials in the magistrates court (e.g. R v Bestway Coventry Magistrates Court; a case under s. 3 of the Health and Safety at Work which involved a so-called “HTML defence”) and the Crown Court with a jury (e.g R v Thomas and R v County Mall Management Limited).

Cases in which Derek has been involved in his practice include prosecutions brought under:-

  • Sections 2, 3 and 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974
  • The Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992/1998
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988/1999/2002
  • The Construction (Health Safety & Welfare) Provisions 1996
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1999
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007/2015
  • Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987/Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006/2012

Gross Negligence Manslaughter/Corporate Manslaughter

Derek is one of the few Counsel who has acted in both a gross negligence manslaughter case (R v English Brothers, Northampton Crown Court) and a corporate manslaughter case (R v Cavendish Masonry, Oxford Crown Court) and he is currently instructed in two such cases.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • BA (Dunelm)