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About Paul Burnley

Paul has an impressive record in advising on and bringing about successful outcomes on health and safety, corporate manslaughter, directors’ liability, environmental pollution, product liability and bribery cases, as well as dealing with crisis management. He has particular experience in working with companies on food safety, advising on due diligence procedures and the ever developing regulatory regime for food safety.

Lock up your cellar

By |2023-07-11T16:56:24+01:00July 11th, 2023|

Cellar door accidents are more common than people think. Many tragic accidents occur leaving victims with life changing injuries. Earlier this year a woman died after falling down the cellar steps at a pub in Yorkshire. Hefty fines are not uncommon – SA Brains were fined £140,000 a few years ago when a man suffered [...]

Health & Safety – “COVID secure” workplaces

By |2020-07-21T10:58:39+01:00June 2nd, 2020|

Last updated:  27th May 2020 Last week saw the Government adopt a clear change of emphasis in its address to the public and businesses alike. From what was once a clear message to “stay at home” has now switched to “stay alert”.  The hospitality sector remains closed except for takeaways but for those in the [...]

£40k fine for pub cellar injury

By |2018-10-29T12:14:10+01:00October 29th, 2018|

Major fine for York Brewery York Brewery was recently fined almost £40,000 plus costs for breaches of health & safety legislation when an employee suffered life changing injuries. The brewery, which owns the Last Drop Inn, had been warned by Council officers in 2011 about the dangers of leaving the trap door into the cellar [...]

Drug-Driving – Employers should be prepared

By |2017-10-18T13:33:44+01:00July 27th, 2015|

In March this year the Government introduced a new offence of "drug-driving". As with alcohol, under the new provisions if a driver is found to have more than the specified level of a controlled substance in their body then they are guilty of an offence