Compton, Ben QC
Ben Compton QC is first and foremost a specialist advocate in health and safety with extensive experience in civil and criminal courts, subsequent appeals at the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, and jury inquests throughout the UK.
The vast majority of his health and safety practice is spent representing corporate defendants and company directors in cases concerning fatalities or serious injury, and he has been instructed in the majority of the major disaster cases i.e. the Lyme Bay canoeing tragedy, the Pescado, the Copthorne legionella case, Potters Bar, Tebay and the Hednesford rail crashes. In 2008 he appeared in the House of Lords in Chargot; widely viewed as the most important case on health and safety in the last decade because of its analysis of risk and what the prosecution have to prove as part of their prima facie case. In 2009 he appeared in the Court of Appeal in EGS Ltd, which added further clarification to the Chargot Ruling. He has recently successfully concluded the defence on behalf of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services in the Atherstone on Stour Fire tragedy, where four fire fighters died in a warehouse blaze.
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