Regulatory Crime

“The stable has a specialist regulatory crime team that focuses on health and safety, environmental and corporate financial crime. Market sources believe the stable’s unrivalled expertise ensures that it remains the market leader in Scotland” – Chambers UK

Compass Chambers is unique in having the only specialist regulatory crime team at the Scottish Bar. Our regulatory crime advocates include the leading practitioners in the field, and its level of expertise is recognised by both Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Compass provides counsel at all levels of seniority with experience and proven ability in all types of regulatory cases, including health and safety, food safety, environmental, corporate financial and commercial fisheries crime. An important aspect of the service provided by Compass members is of an advisory nature, in particular in the field of corporate financial crime where expertise is required in relation to cross-border issues and concerns relating to anti-bribery and corruption, both domestically and internationally.

Compass members have appeared in the most important and high-profile cases in the regulatory crime field in the last year, including:

HMA v Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd (2016): representing SHETL in a health and safety prosecution under section 3 of the HSWA 1974 arising from the fatal electrocution of a linesman engaged in high voltage overhead line work.

HSE v Chevron North Sea Ltd (2016): representing Chevron in an appeal to the Inner House against a decision of the Employment Tribunal in an appeal against a Prohibition Notice under section 24 of the HSWA 1974.

PF v Tinto Ltd (2016): Representing Tinto in respect of charges arising under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

HMA v Siemens PLC & RWE Innology Ltd (2016): Counsel from Chambers representing both accused companies in a health and safety prosecution under sections 2 & 3 of the HSWA 1974 arising from the death of a technician during maintenance of a wind turbine.

PF Aberdeen v Wren Living Ltd (2016): Representing Wren in respect of charges arising under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 1998.

Glasgow “Bin Lorry” Inquiry (2015): Fatal Accident Inquiry in re multiple deaths caused by refuse lorry in George Square in December 2014.

HMA v Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (2015): Representing SFRS (as statutory successor of Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue Service) in proceedings arising from the death on duty of a fire-fighter in 2009.

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