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Chris is based in the London office and leads the national crime and regulatory team. He has extensive experience of managing health and safety investigations from day one and dealing with the HSE/CPS/CQC/EHO. He is regularly instructed on high profile claims including gross negligence manslaughter/corporate manslaughter.
Chris represents and advises clients at regulatory interviews and undertakes the advocacy at Magistrates’ Court hearings and inquests. He is instructed to handle both criminal and civil proceedings and regularly presents to his clients on all aspects of health and safety law.
Significant reported cases include R v Malden Plumbing (2012), where the defendant was acquitted after a four month Old Bailey trial, R v John and James Binning (2014) where the CPS discontinued the gross negligence manslaughter indictments and paid James’ costs for an “improper prosecution” and the corporate manslaughter case of R v Linley Developments (2015). More recent cases include the six week Zane Gbangbola inquest (2016), multiple M1 fatalities (August 2017) , Woking Fireworks incident (2018), Grenfell and the major crane collapse in East London in 2019.
Chris in Chambers and Partners:
“Christopher Newton comes highly recommended for his work advising individuals and organisations caught up in health and safety-related investigations and prosecutions. One interviewee remarks: "he is fantastic with clients and very much has his finger on the button." Another said “the decision to go with him was brilliant. He always answers questions in a very common-sense, understandable way. He gave simple answers, applying his skills and knowledge to our specific situation in a clear way. That was very valuable to me."
Chris in the wider media:
Latest Insights by Chris Newton
Mental Health Awareness Week is a reminder of the need to support those suffering from mental health problems. One in four people in the UK will do so at some point. The most recent HSE statistics show that 828,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2019/20 which accounted for 51% of all work-related illness – up from 44% the previous year. With the issues caused by Covid-19 and working at home, many expect the trend to continue to rise.
In these challenging times, claims in relation to COVID-19 infections are to be expected. It is difficult to predict the volumes or profiles of such claims, as guidelines and the prevalence of the disease changes. While there will be significant hurdles to overcome in order for such claims to be successful, it is important that claims and notifications received are managed appropriately at a time of limited resource. This is our guide to the key issues to consider upon receipt of a claim/notification.
News And Events 07/12/2018
A new guideline recently published by the Sentencing Council is likely to result in increased penalties for individuals responsible for fatal workplace accidents.
This new guideline is likely to result in increased penalties for individuals responsible for fatal workplace accidents.
News And Events 23/05/2018
The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) has launched a new regulatory sector focus team that will concentrate on health and safety compliance and the defence of Health and Safety Executive prosecutions.
Client Alerts 27/07/2017
On 1 June 2017, a new guideline published by the Sentencing Council came into force which encourages those contemplating a guilty plea to do so at the earliest possible opportunity. The new guideline applies to matters heard in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts including health and safety offences.