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Chris leads our and crime and regulatory team across the Midlands and specialises exclusively in providing expert advice in relation to adverse incidents and compliance with regulatory requirements.
His experience includes representing companies, directors, senior managers, public sector organisations and individuals in defending, responding to and avoiding regulatory breaches.
He provides specialist support and advice from the outset following accidents and crisis events such as food, fire, rail and environmental incidents within his clients’ businesses.
Chris was first ranked in Chambers in 2003 and he has been named as one of the Top 50 legal advisers in the North West. For many years he has been a named individual with a Top Tier ranking for Health and Safety in the Legal 500 and quoted in Chambers.
He is also quoted in the legal experts section of Tolley’s Guide to Corporate Manslaughter and has been published, interviewed and quoted by the Times, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 2, Radio 5 Live and Central News. He has also written published articles for the Financial Times, Insurance Post, Birmingham Post and Estates Gazette and Chris regularly delivers speeches and training for the leading practitioners’ bodies such as IOSH, ROSPA, the British Safety Council etc.
He sits on the IOSH Food and Drink Industries Committee. Before joining Keoghs, Chris led a highly regarded team of specialist regulatory lawyers, the team’s accolades included a top tier ranking in Legal 500 in both the East and West Midlands.
Latest Insights by Chris Green
A final decision announced on 12 July means that businesses potentially won’t have long to wait before legal restrictions designed to protect against the spread of Covid are lifted. But assuming that the measures may no longer be legal requirements, with some perhaps downgraded to mere guidance and some completely abandoned on 19 July, what (if any) precautions should businesses keep in place, even if they are not expressly required to do so?
After any work-related accident, businesses are often asked by regulators to share their investigation reports with the police, and/or the local authority or Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”). The HSE often uses these reports as evidence volunteered by a company of the facts on which they decide to issue summonses and then also in court to prove that offences have been committed.
Client Alerts 11/05/2020
It’s been four years now since the Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety (and some food law offences) was introduced. Although most people in the industry know that fines are now based on categories of company size and turnover, we are still getting queries about how the courts would treat complicated corporate structures where the resources and financial procedures may in some ways be inter-linked.
Since 1995 Chris has defended and prosecuted food, health safety and environment cases and specialised exclusively in regulatory prosecutions.
Our Crime and Regulatory team recently dealt with a case where a retailer was investigated and interviewed for safety offences after an in-store incident when an elderly customer fell on the shop floor.