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Capita Announces Plans for Seventh Annual Litigation Lecture

7th April 2014

Capita’s Health and Safety team will be hosting its seventh annual Litigation lecture on Thursday 15th May at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

This year the event will explore the landmark ‘Princes Sporting Club’ case, the fifth case of corporate manslaughter in the UK.

There has been considerable interest in the approach to sentencing taken by the trial judge in the case which saw the club fined “every penny that it has”, particularly when compared to the penalties handed down in other corporate manslaughter cases such as Cotswold Geotechnical and Lion Steel. Debate also surrounds the dropping of charges against individuals at the company and whether this is sign of an emerging trend.

Speakers at the event will be Duncan Penny QC and Jonathan Laidlaw QC:

Duncan Penny
Recently appointed a QC, Duncan is consistently ranked as a ‘star individual’ in the legal directories, and was named ‘Crime Junior of the Year’ by Chambers UK.  He has a wealth of experience both as an appellate advocate and as a leading junior in complex and high-profile cases.  Duncan has appeared in the House of Lords, Supreme Court and Privy Council both as a lead junior and as a sole advocate; being instructed on behalf of the Attorney General and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Jonathan Laidlaw
Jonathan Laidlaw QC is ranked as one of the “Star Silks” practising in the UK, and was nominated for the award of ‘Health and Safety Silk of the Year’ at the 2013 Chambers Bar Awards.  Previously First Senior Treasury Counsel, he now specialises in defending cases of fraud and all forms of business crime.  Current Health and Safety instructions include acting for the FA in the Hillsborough Inquest, and defending a number of corporate manslaughter prosecutions.  

Event details

Date:   Thursday 15th May
Venue:  Royal College of Surgeons
Timings: 5pm – 8pm

If you would like to attend please contact Carol Potts here

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