Craig Hassall Q.C. leading Helena Spector instructed in inquest touching the death of James Atkinson.

Craig Hassall Q.C. leading Helena Spector is instructed in the inquest touching the death of 23-year-old James Atkinson.

James is thought to have died shortly after eating a pizza which he had ordered via the Deliveroo app. James had a severe peanut allergy and it is believed he had an allergic reaction to the pizza.

Craig and Helena are instructed to represent James’ family  by  Thomas Jervis and Jill Paterson who are both partners at law firm Leigh Day and were also part of the legal team which represented the families of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, Owen Carey and Shante Turay-Thomas.

Craig has particular expertise in cases involving allergen control having been prosecution junior in R v Zaman (Operation Hoe), the first successful prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter arising from a food allergy, and its subsequent successful defence in the Court of Appeal [2018] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 26. and has advised many allergen cases in recent years.

Craig is Head of PSQB’s Regulatory Crime and Public Law Team.

Helena joined PSQB in October 2021 and has a busy practice with particular interest in Regulatory Crime and Inquest and Inquiries. Prior to joining the Bar, Helena was involved as a paralegal on the cases of over 100 Core Participants at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and understands the interplay of various regulatory regimes, public law principles and the Human Rights Act 1998 in the course of public law proceedings.

For further information about Craig or any member of the team please contact the Regulatory & Public Law clerks:

For media coverage of the case please see below:

The Times 

Yorkshire Post

Daily Mail

Contact Craig’s and Helena’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250