James Leonard specialises predominantly in health and safety, environmental law and regulatory law. He also has a considerable background in high-level fraud and corruption cases, financial services law, multi-jurisdictional confiscation proceedings and public law, and is able to receive public access instructions.
His health and safety, and environmental work leads to appearances in courts at every level of the spectrum but the cases tend to be at the higher end of the scale of seriousness. More often that not, those cases include fatalities in the work place and offences under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. He represents nationally known PLCs (including Comet Group PLC, Dyfed Steels Ltd, RWE Npower PLC, Western Power Distribution PLC, Virgin Media Group and Tulip Group PLC), as well as smaller limited companies and their directors. In the context of health and safety prosecution, Leonard’s work is extensive and he regularly appears in the Crown Court and, when necessary, the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. Consideration of relevant regulations and criminal liability (or not) as a result of alleged breaches is a specialty.
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