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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson
Year of call:
2005
Education:
2002
University of Leeds, BSc (Hons)
2003
College of Law, York, PgDL
2005
Northumbria University, BVC (‘very competent’)
Career:
2005
Pupil at Wilberforce Chambers
2012
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers
2015
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Memberships:
North Eastern Circuit

Andrew Wilson accepts instructions in cases arising out of serious or fatal injuries in the workplace. He is able to provide advice at an early stage and deal with all areas of court proceedings thereafter.

Andrew routinely acts for insurance companies in personal injury and HSE prosecutions and is well placed to advise defendant companies and insurers at the first sign of HSE involvement or civil claims.

Andrew also regularly attends coroner’s inquests.

Andrew is available to act in other regulatory cases, with special interests in Health and Safety and Environmental / Waste Management prosecutions an area in which Andrew is assisted by his Bsc (Hons) in Geo-chemistry.

Andrew can also act in all professional disciplinary tribunals including but not limited to:

  • Police Officers
  • Doctors
  • Nurses and Midwifery
  • Accountants
  • Solicitors
  • Teachers
  • Fire Fighters

 

Andrew is also available to assist clients in the following areas:

  • Care Quality Commission
  • Firearms; appeals and prosecutions
  • Food Safety / Hygiene
  • Licensing Hackney Carriage
  • Licensing Premise
  • Local Authority / District Council Prosecutions
  • Sporting disciplinary (especially rugby union)
  • Trading Standards

Recent Cases

  • HSE v Pauls Malt Ltd T/A Boormalt (2016)

Representing a European company with a U.K turnover of £129m (and so outside of the top bracket of the sentencing guidelines).

A guilty plea was entered to an offence contrary to section 33 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 act by breaching its duties under s 3(1) of the Act.

The starting point for sentence for a company with a turnover of £50m was £300,000 with a range of £130,000- £750,000. The potential fine was therefore in excess of £750,000.

Andrew advised at an early stage in terms of the relevant evidence to put before the court, including the extent of financial disclosure and the specific risk assessments and training given to employees across the country.

Following a guilty plea and mitigation, the Defendant was fined just £100,000.

  • HSE v ICH Ltd (2016)

Representing a company that provided air conditioning services to supermarkets and department stores with a turnover of £6m.

The Defendant pleaded guilty to one offence contrary s33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by breaching its duties under s 3(1) of the Act. The sentencing range was £25,000- £230,000. Mr Wilson drafted the basis of plea and, following mitigation, the Defendant was fined £20,000.

  • HSE -V- Longcross Construction Ltd (In Administration ) (1) Fewell Engineering Ltd (2)SJT Site Management Ltd (3) Stuart John Tombs (As a director) (4) Stuart John Tombs (As an individual) (2016)

Andrew represented the Second, Third and Fourth Defendant who were prosecuted as a result of a crushing injury that occurred at Armley Prison, Leeds. The complainant was run over by machinery driven by a third party contractor. Both the machinery and the contractor were under the control of the Second Defendant company and the Fourth Defendant as an employee of the company.

The Defendant company pleaded guilty to offence contrary to s33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by breaching its duties under s 3(1) of the Act. The charge against the company director was discontinued. The Fourth Defendant pleaded guilty to tampering with the evidence post accident and therefore obstructing the investigation.

The HSE suggested that the relevant fine bracket for the company was £30,000- £110,000.

Andrew drafted the Basis of Plea and successfully argued that the culpability was less than the HSE submitted. Following mitigation, the company was fined £600. The Fourth Defendant was fined £100 for evidence tampering.

  • Inquest Touching the Death of Mr CH (2016)

Andrew represented the family of the deceased who died having been admitted to hospital for severe alcoholism. The deceased was subject to a hospital restriction order at the time of his death.

  • Inquest Touching the Death of IH (ongoing).

Andrew is representing the family of an 18 month old boy who was in remission from Leukaemia following a bone marrow transplant. He subsequently died of a heart attack, whilst in hospital, for reasons which have yet to be established.

 

Contact Andrew’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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