James Atkinson Inquest begins

The inquest into the death of James Atkinson began yesterday at Newcastle Coroner’s Court. 

James, who grew up in Leeds, died suddenly on 10 July 2020 after ordering a takeaway pizza via the Deliveroo app from a Restaurant in Newcastle. James had a known peanut allergy, and it is believed he suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating pizza which was part of the order.

Craig Hassall K.C. represents family at inquest with Open Conclusion.

Mr Hassall K.C. appeared on behalf of the family at the inquest having represented the deceased’s brother in the criminal proceedings in 2021. The trial was halted by the Recorder of York His Honour Judge Morris who ruled that the charges of prevention of lawful and decent burial of a dead body without lawful excuse should remain on file stating that the defendants suffered from an extremely rare mental affliction which led to them believing that Rina was still alive.

Craig Hassall Q.C. secures £1.5 Million fine on behalf of the HSE against a company which closed in 2021 after it was found guilty of four health and safety breaches.

The investigation by The Health & Safety Executive followed a fatal accident at Cleveland Bridge in Darlington on the 25th October 2016. Keith Poppleton was an electrician working at the company via an agency. He had been asked to investigate an electrical fault on an overhead crane. Having climbed onto the crane’s walkway he fell 25 ft (7.6m) through an unsecured access panel onto the floor below. He died at the scene.

Craig Hassall secures £640,000 fine + costs for Nestle UK Ltd on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive.

On Thursday the 14th of January HHJ Gibson sitting at Bradford Crown Court sentenced Nestle UK Ltd for breaches of Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The court heard how on 13 February 2016, while observing the operation of the After Eight production machine, the technical operator placed his right hand close to a gap in the machine housing. An emery cloth held in his right hand was dragged into the machine taking his arm with it.