HSE v M&S
Published on 30/10/2019
Represented Marks & Spencer plc as junior to N Haggan QC in a prosecution by the HSE under s2 & s3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 concerning asbestos removal at several of the company’s stores (instructed by Eversheds). The trial lasted in excess of 12 weeks.
The case included complex specialist issues relating to asbestos removal and epidemiological evidence as well as difficult legal and scientific issues. This case was of significant national public interest. Media attention continued post trial as the case was featured in the BBC ‘Inside Out’ programme in respect of which Mike was instructed to advise.
Mike has also represented M&S in a prosecution for pollution of a watercourse near its store at Hedge End.