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Gerard Forlin QC

Called
1984
Silk/QC
2010
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Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010 in both Civil and Criminal, Gerard Forlin QC's broad practice covers Civil, Criminal and Commercial Litigation; Environment; Corporate Governance; Major Event Planning & Crowd Safety; Crisis Management; Health and Safety; Aviation; Inquests and Inquiries; Local Authority Governance and Services; and Regulatory Law.

He has published more than 100 articles and is the author of Corporate Liability: work related deaths and criminal prosecutions (3rd edition) (Bloomsbury). He has been ranked in six separate areas by the leading directories. He has worked in over 60 countries.

Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010 in both Civil and Criminal, Gerard Forlin QC's broad practice covers:

  • Civil, Criminal and Commercial Litigation and Corporate Governance and Crisis Management: Aviation, fire, professional discipline, product liability, consumer crime, commercial fishing, licensing, corruption and bribery, construction, aviation, transport including railways, fraud, crisis management and inquests.
  • Environment: Oil and gas, environmental crime including water pollution and fishing quotas, and waste offences. He also acts for the Environment Agency on policy issues.
  • Health and Safety Inquests and Inquiries: Public inquiries, fire, major event planning and crowd safety,  human rights and inquests. He has been involved in over 300 fatality cases and has appeared in the vast majority of major cases in this field in the last ten years, both in the UK and abroad.
  • Local Authority Governance and Services: Health and safety, healthcare, environmental matters and inquests.
  • Regulatory Law: Corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, disaster litigation, aviation, railways, shipping, regulatory offences and diving.

Gerard acts for global companies and organisations, local authorities, public bodies and individuals through direct access. He was Special Adviser to the Bar Council on the Corporate Manslaughter Bill (2005), Consultant to a recent Global Aviation Concordat on Aviation Safety, as well as Standing Counsel to numerous PLCs, Unions and Government Departments in the UK and abroad. Gerard also acts for Crown Departments on Crown Censure (occasional AG nomination) and is a Consultant to the Army.

He has been appointed to an International Mediation and Arbitration panel of 14 worldwide members for the Royal Aeronautical Society. There are only two QCs on this global panel. He is also Vice Chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association.

In the last seven years he has been ranked in no fewer than six areas in the leading independent directories including: Health and Safety, Product Liability, Crime, Public Inquiries and Inquests, Consumer Law and Environmental Law. He was also awarded the title of Regulatory Barrister of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

Gerard has acted on some of the most high-profile regulatory and health and safety cases in the last 10 years, both in the UK and internationally, including:

  • Watford Train Crash
  • Southall Train Crash
  • Paddington Train Crash
  • Hillgrove School/James Porter: Leading Case on "Risk"
  • The DVT Litigation
  • Teebay Train Disaster
  • Barrow Legionnaires Case
  • Hatfield Train Crash
  • Purley Train Crash
  • Faversham Coach Crash
  • Britannia Air Crash
  • Lift fatality in the City of London – acting for ThyssenKrupp
  • Inquest in the Falklands (death in South Georgia)
  • Recently involved in a high profile regulatory fishing case in the Falklands
  • Alton Towers
  • Acting in a global Helicopter regulatory matter
  • Currently retained in the MH370 aviation disaster case in Asia
  • Currently instructed in a very high profile public inquiry
  • The Shoreham Airshow Disaster
  • Advising on the Notting Hill Carnival and major sporting and other events
  • Often instructed in cases in the UK and all over the world

Gerard is called to the Bar in Australia and is a member of Denman Chambers in Sydney. He is also a member of Maxwell Chambers in Singapore where he has his own room. He was previously Senior Crown Counsel, Hong Kong. He is also called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

Services:
In the last three years alone Gerard has practised, lectured or consulted in over twenty countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, The British Virgin Islands, China, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, Malaysia, the Middle East, the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Ireland, the Falklands and many other jurisdictions. In 2015 and 2016 Gerard undertook a series of lectures for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UN and ASEAN on the UK Bribery Act in Australia and all over Asia. He is conducting further lectures in 2017.

He has published over 100 articles and authored "Corporate Liability: work related deaths and criminal prosecutions (3rd Edition) Bloomsbury (2014)". He is a regular spokesperson on disaster matters and regulatory matters on TV and radio channels such as CNN, BBC and Sky. He is also an actor and script writer.

Education:
London School of Economics LLB (Hons) and LLM
Trinity Hall, Cambridge University M.Phil.
University College London Diploma in Air and Space Law

"One of the most compelling advocates that you could ever see in a courtroom." - Chambers & Partners

"Ahead of everyone else." - Chambers & Partners

"Excellent on his feet." - Legal 500 2017  - Product Liability

'"He maintains a busy practice with an international angle.'" - Legal 500 2017 - Health and  Safety

"He's a powerful advocate." "He is equipped with a laser-focused mind and has a great depth of knowledge in health and safety law." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Gerard Forlin QC is a charming and very persuasive advocate." - Chambers & Partners 2016

Gerard "has a broad practice that covers not just health and safety but also areas such as environment, transport and product liability." - Chambers & Partners 2016

"A very engaging and vastly experienced advocate." Legal 500 2016

"A great court performer and charmer" Legal 500 2016

"He communicates very well with a jury, and retains a sense of humour without losing any of his gravitas. He is very focused on the client's hopes and ambitions." - Chambers & Partners 2015

"Highly knowledgeable and an excellent advocate." - Legal 500 2015

"A global health and safety expert." - Legal 500 2015

"An able, experienced practitioner and a good advocate" "He is one to have on your side during any investigation into a workplace death." - Chambers & Partners 2014

"A great inquest advocate, able to engage with juries in a unique way" - Legal 500 2014

Overview

Gerry has a very substantial global practice in commercial and regulatory law.

He has defended numerous local authorities on health and safety matters, as well as acting in numerous cases for doctors, nurses, companies and individuals charged with health and safety,  manslaughter and other regulatory offences. He is also acting in several ongoing cases for construction, aviation, oil, chemical and transport companies. 

Gerry is Standing Counsel to numerous global airports on health and safety, security and environmental matters.

Transport
Gerry has a wide experience of transport, and in particular, aviation and railway law. He regularly lectures and moderates all over the world including for IATA in Europe, Flight Safety Foundation, the United States and Asia and Australia and for Air Traffic Control in the United States and Europe. See News for further details.

Environment
Gerry acts in a number of environmental and product liability cases. See News for further details. In an earlier role, Gerry was Senior Crown Counsel in Hong Kong where he appeared in numerous high-profile reported cases (fraud, disasters, aviation, murder, health & safety, Vietnamese Riot Trials, environmental).

Cases

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at ASEAN Regional Business Integrity Conference
20.02.2017
Gerard Forlin QC is speaking at the ASEAN Regional Business Integrity Conference taking place in Singapore from 6th - 7th March 2017. Gerard is presenting a session titled "From a Legal....

Gerard Forlin QC chairs 25th Annual Capita Health & Safety Lecture
14.10.2016
Gerard Forlin QC chaired this year's Annual Capita Health & Safety Lecture which took place on Tuesday 11th October at the Royal College of Surgeons. Previous speakers have included Lord....

Alton Towers, Smiler Ride Case
05.10.2016
Gerard Forlin QC has been involved for over a year in providing ongoing advice to one of the major parties in the Alton Towers Smiler Ride incident that occured in....

Gerard Forlin QC acts in major Falklands miss-fishing quota case
11.05.2016

International lawyer Gerard Forlin QC has been involved in a major case in the Falklands concerning miss-fishing by a Spanish company.

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Gerard Forlin QC acts for Lockheed Martin
01.05.2015
Gerard Forlin QC recently acted for the American Global Corporation Lockheed Martin, in court in England. Click here to see the official report by HSE.....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Global conference in Singapore
02.04.2015
Gerard Forlin QC spoke at a global conference in Singapore on the 7th and 8 th of April 2015 on Corporate social responsibility in the private sector. This was hosted....

R V Morgan [2007]
13.03.2015
In the instant case, where the defendant (the train driver of a train which had passed a signal at danger (SPAD) and caused a fatal train crash) had pleaded guilty....

Gerard Forlin QC represents a company in a 8 meter roof fall
17.03.2014
Gerard Forlin QC recently represented a company in Shrewsbury crown court after a roof fall of some 8 meters where an employee sustained serious injuries. After listening to lengthy submissions by....

Purley train crash convictions overturned
13.12.2011
Anthony Scrivener QC and Gerard Forlin have today put a final gross negligence manslaughter appeal to rest before new changes to the law take effect. The pair fought successfully to have....

WINS-RUSI-Serco Nuclear Security Roundtable
27.05.2011
Gerard Forlin QC was consulted and spoke at the WINS-RUSI-Serco Nuclear Security Roundtable on lessons learnt from the recent 'Fukushima Daiichi' incident in Japan. The one-day roundtable for the World Institute....

A Guide to Health and Safety Prosecutions
08.06.2007
We are very pleased to announce the publication this week of this new textbook. It was written by; M. Appleby, Solicitor, Fisher Scoggins LLPGerry Forlin, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square It is....

Attorney General's Reference (No 86 Of 2006) [2006] EWCA Crim 2570
01.01.2006
Gross negligence manslaughter - Business using dangerous machinery with non-functioning safety devices - Employee fatally injured - whether impact on continuation of business was relevant in justifying director receiving a....

R v Shaw [2006] EWCA Crim 2570
01.01.2006
01.01.2006....

News

Gerard Forlin QC advises on Notting Hill Carnival
31.08.2017
Gerard Forlin QC recently advised one of the constituent parties involved in Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest street festival with over 1 million attendees, on health and safety issues and....

Corporate Governance: Where are we now
25.05.2017
Gerard Forlin QC considers the latest developments in corporate governance. Although the current news is heavily Brexit driven, many other areas of Corporate Governance responsibility are also quickly gaining traction. The recent....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at 7th EBASCON Conference in Munich
17.02.2017
Gerard Forlin QC spoke at the 7th European Business Aviation Safety Conference (EBASCON) in Munich. Gerard presented a session titled "The creeping influence of Law and Regulation on Aviation".  EBASCON is....

Health and Safety at Work - Safety takes an international standard
16.12.2016
Gerard Forlin QC has authored an article looking at ISO 45001, the new health and safety management system standard which is expected to arrive in 2017.  Gerard considers what the....

Gerard Forlin QC re-elected Vice Chair of Health and Safety Lawyers Association
30.11.2016
Gerard Forlin QC has been re-elected as the Vice Chair of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association at the AGM. The HSLA is a national organisational which brings together over....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Annual International Air Safety Summit
17.11.2016
Gerard Forlin QC was on a global expert legal panel at the 69th Annual International Air Safety Summit for the Flight Safety Foundation in Dubai. Over 350 delegates attended from all....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at ASEAN Conference on Corporate Governance and Responsibility
27.07.2016
International lawyer Gerard Forlin QC is giving a keynote speech at this year's ASEAN Conference: "Corporate Governance & Responsibility: Theory meets Practice" taking place in Singapore from 20-22 July 2016.....

Health + Safety at Work - Post-Brexit review could look at 'six pack' regs, lawyer predicts
01.07.2016
Removing the EU as the originating authority on UK's "six pack" of health and safety regulations could trigger a review process, a leading health and safety barrister has predicted. The six....

Archbold Review - Hubble, Bubble, Fines and Trouble
22.06.2016
In the second part of an article on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences, Gerard Forlin QC provides practical....

Gerard Forlin QC interviewed on World Day for Safety and Health at Work
04.05.2016
Gerard Forlin QC has taken part in an interview for Sky on World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Gerard talks about the everyday health and safety issues that....

Archbold Review - Gerard Forlin QC comments on new sentencing guidelines
24.04.2016
The Archbold Review has published the first of a two-part article by leading global regulatory expert Gerard Forlin QC on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety Offences,....

Reckless bankers to face possible prosecution
23.03.2016
As of 7 March 2016, senior managers in UK banks, building societies or Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) designated investment firms can face up to 7 years in jail and /....

New Law Journal - Reckless bankers could go to jail
21.03.2016
Gerard Forlin QC has commented on the introduction of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) for an article in New Law Journal. Under the new regime, senior bankers could....

Gerard Forlin QC participating in Bar Council Mission to Seoul and Shanghai
11.03.2016
Gerard Forlin QC has been selected to participate in the Bar Council Mission to Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai, China, from 4-7 April. The Mission, led by Chairman of the Bar....

Gerard Forlin QC comments on Health and Safety penalty guidelines
08.02.2016
Gerard Forlin QC has written articles for New Law Journal, Health and Safety at Work Magazine and  SHP online on the new health and safety guidelines introduced by the Sentencing Council. Gerard notes that....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Environment and Strategy breakfast seminar
27.01.2016
On 3 February Gerard Forlin QC is speaking at a breakfast seminar on Environment and Safety hosted by Mayer Brown International LLP. Gerard will be speaking alongside Michael Hutchinson, Head....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Intersec Occupational Health and Safety Forum in Dubai
15.01.2016
Gerard Forlin QC is one of the key speakers at this year's Intersec Occupational Health and Safety Forum in Dubai taking place on 17th -19th January 2016. Gerard will be presenting....

Gerard Forlin QC elected for member of Lincoln's Inn Bar Representation Comittee
03.12.2015
Gerard Forlin QC has just has been elected for 3 years as a member of the Lincoln's Inn Bar Representation Committee. This is a highly prestigious role as it involves....

New Law Journal - Unlimited fines for corporate offences
17.11.2015
Gerard Forlin QC has written an article for New Law Journal on the new Sentencing Council guidelines published earlier this month which are due to take effect on 1 February 2016. Under the....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at series of Western Australian seminars
04.11.2015
Gerard Forlin QC is undertaking a number of speaking engagements in Perth, Western Australia during November, beginning with a keynote address at the FLUORO Conference 2015, the leading Health and Safety....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at 4th European Aviation Safety Symposium
04.11.2015
On Wednesday 4th November Gerard Forlin QC is speaking on Safety Performance at the Baines Simmons 4th European Aviation Safety Symposium; the UK's largest not-for-profit aviation safety industry symposium. Taking place at Heathrow....

Archbold Review: “Many Rivers to Cross” — Sentencing for environmental crimes
24.09.2015

Gerard Forlin QC has authored an article on the application of new sentencing guidelines for

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at series of Australian conferences
21.09.2015

Gerard Forlin QC spoke on anti-bribery and corruption issues at a series of conferences in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, on behalf of the British Foreign Commonwealth Office in September

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Gerard Forlin QC appears live on CNN News regarding the German Wings Air Crash
16.04.2015
Click here to see Gerard Forlin QC's full interview.....

Safeskies Aviation Conference in Canberra Australia
27.03.2015
Gerard Forlin QC has again been asked to do a keynote address at the Safeskies conference in Canberra, Australia in September 2015. This is one of the premier Aviation conferences....

New Law Journal - No Limits on Fines a "Game Changer"
20.03.2015
Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, writes about unlimited fines for magistrates courts in the New Law Journal. Click here to view the article.....

Sweet and Maxwell Archbold Review - 'Up, Up and Away!'
19.02.2015
Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, highlights the significance of the Sentencing Council Consultation in relation to health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food and hygiene offences. Read more.....

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at the worlds leading Risk Management Conference
12.12.2014

This week Gerard Forlin QC spoke at the 21st Riskminds conference in Holland. This conference is described as the worlds Leading Risk Management conference with over 600 attendees from over 30 countries.

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at the UN
27.06.2014
In the last few days, Gerard Forlin QC at the expert UN Global Compact working group on the 10th UN principle against corruption at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. This....

Too Hot to Handle, New Law Journal article by Gerard Forlin QC
26.03.2012
In an article published in the New Law Journal on 23 March 2012, Gerard Forlin QC examines a series of recent cases in which defendants have been facing increasingly severe....

Cases that changed our lives
22.09.2010
Gerard Forlin QC is a contributor to this collection of essays examining interesting aspects of key cases that have shaped the legal landscape. The book sets out the facts of each....

Child's play; 'Risk' after R v Porter
27.08.2008
Gerard Forlin recently wrote an article in collaboration with Patrick Harrington QC, published in the New Law Journal, covering the recent judgment in R v Porter [2008] EWCA Crim 1271....

Ten years of wrangling have failed to settle the corporate manslaughter debate
06.09.2007
Gerard Forlin's recent article for the New Law Journal on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (CMCHA 2007) argues that British organisations need to be more on their....

Overview

Gerard has been involved in a number of significant public inquiries and  inquests (over 100), including the vast majority of health and safety and transport cases. He has worked in over 60 countries.

Cases

Gerard Forlin QC instructed again in the Falklands
21.01.2016

Gerard Forlin QC has been instructed once again in a major case in the Falklands involving regulatory and environmental issues.

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Inquest into Falklands Death
18.02.2013
Gerard Forlin QC appeared in a two week inquest into the death of a passenger on the Shackleton Walk in South Georgia. The coroner gave a narrative verdict. Please see Penguin....

Lift Fatality Inquest
26.01.2012
In January 2012 Gerard Forlin QC acted for Thyssen Krupp Elevators UK at an inquest into the death of Katarzyna Woja who died in 2003 in a lift accident in....

Laura Morgan inquest: Coroner records narrative verdict
24.01.2012
Gerard Forlin QC acted for some of the Sunsail employees in this important inquest. Click here to see the BBC news coverage.....

Purley train crash convictions overturned
13.12.2011
Anthony Scrivener QC and Gerard Forlin have today put a final gross negligence manslaughter appeal to rest before new changes to the law take effect. The pair fought successfully to have....

News

Shoreham Airshow Disaster
23.06.2017
Gerard Forlin QC recently appeared in the first main pre-Inquest review hearing in Crawley, Sussex. The matter is now adjourned pending a decision as to whether there will be any....

Legal Issues Surrounding Blood Infections

2nd February 2017

Gerard Forlin QC has written a number of articles on the legal issues relating to blood infections for publications including Law Society Gazette.

Health and Safety at Work - Safety takes an international standard

16th December 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has authored an article looking at ISO 45001, the new health and safety management system standard which is expected to arrive in 2017. Gerard considers what the new standard means for best practice in occupational health and safety management and how it might impact prosecutions and court decisions.

Click here to read the full article.

Health + Safety at Work - Post-Brexit review could look at 'six pack' regs, lawyer predicts

1st July 2016

Removing the EU as the originating authority on UK's "six pack" of health and safety regulations could trigger a review process, a leading health and safety barrister has predicted.

The six pack – a group of regulations dating from January 1992 – are the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, theDisplay Screen Equipment Regulations (DSE), the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), the Manual Handling Operations Regulations and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (PPE).

Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, predicted that a post-Brexit government would need to review the regs – updating, modifying or even strengthening them – as the underpinning EU principles would no longer apply.

He said: "If you look at PUWER, for example, they say that you have to have CE marking on equipment – this is the kind of thing that would have to be reviewed.

"I'm not saying it would be diminished, but some of the legislation may need to be reviewed and modified if we're not in the EU. The directives could either be left alone, domesticated into English law, or modified."

Employment laws that are considered to impose a burden on businesses include the Working Time Regulations, based in the EU's Working Time Directive, and the Agency Workers Directive, which guarantees equal pay rights for agency workers after 12 weeks. Forlin also told Health and Safety at Work that there could be health and safety implications if EU-derived employment legislation was reviewed.

Forlin said: "I think the issues arise on areas that don't sit directly with health and safety, such as employment protection. There are health and safety issues here – tired workers are also dangerous workers."

The British Safety Council also lent support to the idea that there could be a review of the EU-derived legislative framework for health and safety.

In a statement, Louise Ward, director of policy and standards, said that the UK's legislative framework has its origins in European directives, even if they were later incorporated into UK law.

She said: "Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, and depending on the terms of any future agreements, there may be a need to review the framework. Caution is required here if we are to continue to maintain our current standards and protect the health and safety of workers in the UK. The objective must be to judge each element of the framework on its own merits and effectiveness not just on its origin."

But Crispin Kenyon, partner in the regulatory services department at law firm Weightmans, pointed out that EU-derived regulation had survived two previous government-backed reviews, by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt and Richard Matthews QC, as well as the ongoing "Red Tape Challenge".

"I don't see why there should be a different attitude after Brexit," he said. "The regulations seem to work – statistically, we have a better safety record than all the other countries across Europe. Why would we want to change everything?"

Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at IOSH, also said that the current regime was broadly agreed to work. "The fact is the UK's health and safety regime has already been extensively reviewed and found fit for purpose. As we all know, lots of simplification and tidying of the statute book has already taken place – there isn't scope for much more."

This article was published by Health + Safety at Work on 28th June 2016.

Archbold Review - Hubble, Bubble, Fines and Trouble

22nd June 2016

In the second part of an article on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences, Gerard Forlin QC provides practical guidance on the technical issues involved and how to mitigate the risk of fines.

Click here to view the full article.

Archbold Review - Gerard Forlin QC comments on new sentencing guidelines

24th April 2016

The Archbold Review has published the first of a two-part article by leading global regulatory expert Gerard Forlin QC on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter, Food Safety and Hygiene Offences. In this first article, Gerard reviews the guidelines and how they are likely to be interpreted in court.

Click here to read the full article.

New Law Journal - Reckless bankers could go to jail

21st March 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has commented on the introduction of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) for an article in New Law Journal. Under the new regime, senior bankers could face prison sentences or unlimited fines if they are found to have contributed to the failure of their institution through reckless behaviour.

Click here to read the full article.

Gerard Forlin QC comments on Health and Safety penalty guidelines

8th February 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has written articles for New Law Journal, Health and Safety at Work Magazine and SHP online on the new health and safety guidelines introduced by the Sentencing Council. Gerard notes that four UK companies incurred fines of more than £1m in the space of just six days in January this year.

Gerard has also been interviewed by the BBC News on delays in criminal prosecutions.

New Law Journal - Unlimited fines for corporate offences

17th November 2015

Gerard Forlin QC has written an article for New Law Journal on the new Sentencing Council guidelines published earlier this month which are due to take effect on 1 February 2016. Under the guidelines companies could face a significant hike in fines for offences relating to health and safety, food safety and hygiene, and corporate manslaughter.

Click here to read the full article.

Archbold Review - "Many Rivers to Cross" — Sentencing for environmental crimes

24th September 2015

Gerard Forlin QC has authored an article on the application of new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences in light of the recent case of R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd. Gerard notes that corporate defendants may now be subject to significantly larger fines when prosecuted for regulatory offences.

Click here to read the article in full. Gerard has authored a series of articles on this topic.

New Law Journal - No Limits on Fines a "Game Changer"

20th March 2015

Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, writes about unlimited fines for magistrates courts in the New Law Journal.

Sweet and Maxwell Archbold Review - 'Up, Up and Away!'

19th February 2015

Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, highlights the significance of the Sentencing Council Consultation in relation to health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food and hygiene offences. Read more.

Corporate Liability: Work Related Death and Criminal Prosecutions - Third Edition

1st October 2014

The new edition of this essential text on corporate manslaughter is now available to order. The book is an expert guide to general procedure and practice surrounding corporate liability associated with work related death and criminal prosecutions.

This edition covers crucial recent high profile cases and contains invaluable new commentary on international and European perspectives as well as new chapters covering Local Authorities, Scotland and Ireland.

Read more.

Corporate LiveWire - National and International Developments in health and safety

16th January 2012

This article focuses on three areas:

  • significant recent statutory changes;
  • case law of potentially wider relevance; and
  • international developments.

First Published by Corporate LiveWire. Click here to view the full article.

Archbold Review - Developments in health and safety

1st August 2011

This article covers three main areas; recent statutory developments, case law developments, and international developments.

Click here to view the article.

Global Business Magazine - Health and Safety Law Report

16th April 2011

Article on the first successful prosecution of a company under the Corporate Mansluaghter and Cuplable Homicide Act 2007.

Click here to view the article.

In the last three years alone Gerard has practised, lectured or consulted in over twenty countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, The British Virgin Islands, China, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, Malaysia, the Middle East, the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Ireland, the Falklands and many other jurisdictions. In 2015 and 2016 Gerard undertook a series of lectures for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UN and ASEAN on the UK Bribery Act in Australia and all over Asia. He is conducting further lectures in 2017.

He has published over 100 articles and authored "Corporate Liability: work related deaths and criminal prosecutions (3rd Edition) Bloomsbury (2014)". He is a regular spokesperson on disaster matters and regulatory matters on TV and radio channels such as CNN, BBC and Sky. He is also an actor and script writer.

News

Capita 26th Annual Lecture

4th October 2017

Gerard Forlin QC has again chaired the Capita Annual Lecture, having also chaired the event last year. The lecture took place at the Royal Society of Medicine in Wimpole Street....

News

Gerard Forlin QC advises on Notting Hill Carnival

31st August 2017

Gerard Forlin QC recently advised one of the constituent parties involved in Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest street festival with over 1 million attendees, on health and safety issues and....

News

Shoreham Airshow Disaster

23rd June 2017

Gerard Forlin QC recently appeared in the first main pre-Inquest review hearing in Crawley, Sussex. The matter is now adjourned pending a decision as to whether there will be any....

News

Corporate Governance: Where are we now

25th May 2017

Gerard Forlin QC considers the latest developments in corporate governance. Although the current news is heavily Brexit driven, many other areas of Corporate Governance responsibility are also quickly gaining traction. The recent....

News

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Minesafe International Conference

18th May 2017

Gerard Forlin QC recently gave the keynote speech at the Minesafe International Conference in Perth, Australia. This major conference deals with all extractive industries including mining and oil and gas. It....

News

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Royal Aeronautical Society Conference

11th April 2017

Gerard Forlin QC has been asked to speak at a highly prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society conference on aircrew mental health. Gerard is presenting a legal perspective on the associated regulatory....

News

Gerard Forlin QC instructed in Australasia & South East Asia

16th March 2017

Gerard Forlin QC was recently invited to undertake consultancy work in relation to Australasia and South East Asia in seven different cities for a global consultancy and accountancy firm. Gerard is also....

Case

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at ASEAN Regional Business Integrity Conference

20th February 2017

Gerard Forlin QC is speaking at the ASEAN Regional Business Integrity Conference taking place in Singapore from 6th - 7th March 2017. Gerard is presenting a session titled "From a Legal....

News

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at 7th EBASCON Conference in Munich

17th February 2017

Gerard Forlin QC spoke at the 7th European Business Aviation Safety Conference (EBASCON) in Munich. Gerard presented a session titled "The creeping influence of Law and Regulation on Aviation".  EBASCON is....

News

Health and Safety at Work - Safety takes an international standard

16th December 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has authored an article looking at ISO 45001, the new health and safety management system standard which is expected to arrive in 2017.  Gerard considers what the....

News

Gerard Forlin QC re-elected Vice Chair of Health and Safety Lawyers Association

30th November 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has been re-elected as the Vice Chair of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association at the AGM. The HSLA is a national organisational which brings together over....

News

Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Annual International Air Safety Summit

17th November 2016

Gerard Forlin QC was on a global expert legal panel at the 69th Annual International Air Safety Summit for the Flight Safety Foundation in Dubai. Over 350 delegates attended from all....

News

Gerard Forlin QC instructed in series of UAE construction cases

10th November 2016

International lawyer Gerard Forlin QC was recently instructed in a series of construction cases in the United Arab Emirates.  Gerard is increasingly working all over the world in regulatory, aviation and....

Case

Gerard Forlin QC chairs 25th Annual Capita Health & Safety Lecture

14th October 2016

Gerard Forlin QC chaired this year's Annual Capita Health & Safety Lecture which took place on Tuesday 11th October at the Royal College of Surgeons. Previous speakers have included Lord....

Case

Alton Towers, Smiler Ride Case

5th October 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has been involved for over a year in providing ongoing advice to one of the major parties in the Alton Towers Smiler Ride incident that occured in....

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Gerard Forlin QC chairs the SHE show in Blackpool 2016

19th September 2016

Gerard Forlin QC is again chairing the SHE show in the Blackpool Hilton. About 300 people are attending this year from various industries and sectors. Gerard is also giving a legal....

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at ASEAN Conference on Corporate Governance and Responsibility

27th July 2016

International lawyer Gerard Forlin QC is giving a keynote speech at this year's ASEAN Conference: "Corporate Governance & Responsibility: Theory meets Practice" taking place in Singapore from 20-22 July 2016.....

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Health + Safety at Work - Post-Brexit review could look at 'six pack' regs, lawyer predicts

1st July 2016

Removing the EU as the originating authority on UK's "six pack" of health and safety regulations could trigger a review process, a leading health and safety barrister has predicted. The six....

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Archbold Review - Hubble, Bubble, Fines and Trouble

22nd June 2016

In the second part of an article on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences, Gerard Forlin QC provides practical....

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Gerard Forlin QC acts in major Falklands miss-fishing quota case

11th May 2016

International lawyer Gerard Forlin QC has been involved in a major case in the Falklands concerning miss-fishing by a Spanish company.

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Gerard Forlin QC interviewed on World Day for Safety and Health at Work

4th May 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has taken part in an interview for Sky on World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Gerard talks about the everyday health and safety issues that....

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Archbold Review - Gerard Forlin QC comments on new sentencing guidelines

24th April 2016

The Archbold Review has published the first of a two-part article by leading global regulatory expert Gerard Forlin QC on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety Offences,....

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Reckless bankers to face possible prosecution

23rd March 2016

As of 7 March 2016, senior managers in UK banks, building societies or Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) designated investment firms can face up to 7 years in jail and /....

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New Law Journal - Reckless bankers could go to jail

21st March 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has commented on the introduction of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) for an article in New Law Journal. Under the new regime, senior bankers could....

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Gerard Forlin QC participating in Bar Council Mission to Seoul and Shanghai

11th March 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has been selected to participate in the Bar Council Mission to Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai, China, from 4-7 April. The Mission, led by Chairman of the Bar....

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Gerard Forlin QC instructed in health and safety case

12th February 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has successfully represented a company in a case involving a seriously injured young person. Following submissions to HSE, the regulator has concluded the company should not be prosecuted.

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Gerard Forlin QC comments on Health and Safety penalty guidelines

8th February 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has written articles for New Law Journal, Health and Safety at Work Magazine and  SHP online on the new health and safety guidelines introduced by the Sentencing Council. Gerard notes that....

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Environment and Strategy breakfast seminar

27th January 2016

On 3 February Gerard Forlin QC is speaking at a breakfast seminar on Environment and Safety hosted by Mayer Brown International LLP. Gerard will be speaking alongside Michael Hutchinson, Head....

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Gerard Forlin QC instructed again in the Falklands

21st January 2016

Gerard Forlin QC has been instructed once again in a major case in the Falklands involving regulatory and environmental issues.

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Gerard Forlin QC instructed in major health and safety matter

19th January 2016

Gerard recently acted for a construction company after a double electrocution occurred in a House of Lords site in Millbank, London.

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Intersec Occupational Health and Safety Forum in Dubai

15th January 2016

Gerard Forlin QC is one of the key speakers at this year's Intersec Occupational Health and Safety Forum in Dubai taking place on 17th -19th January 2016. Gerard will be presenting....

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Gerard Forlin QC elected for member of Lincoln's Inn Bar Representation Comittee

3rd December 2015

Gerard Forlin QC has just has been elected for 3 years as a member of the Lincoln's Inn Bar Representation Committee. This is a highly prestigious role as it involves....

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New Law Journal - Unlimited fines for corporate offences

17th November 2015

Gerard Forlin QC has written an article for New Law Journal on the new Sentencing Council guidelines published earlier this month which are due to take effect on 1 February 2016. Under the....

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at series of Western Australian seminars

4th November 2015

Gerard Forlin QC is undertaking a number of speaking engagements in Perth, Western Australia during November, beginning with a keynote address at the FLUORO Conference 2015, the leading Health and Safety....

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at 4th European Aviation Safety Symposium

4th November 2015

On Wednesday 4th November Gerard Forlin QC is speaking on Safety Performance at the Baines Simmons 4th European Aviation Safety Symposium; the UK's largest not-for-profit aviation safety industry symposium. Taking place at Heathrow....

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Archbold Review: “Many Rivers to Cross” — Sentencing for environmental crimes

24th September 2015

Gerard Forlin QC has authored an article on the application of new sentencing guidelines for

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New Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines to be published in November

21st September 2015

The new Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines will now be published in early November, effective from 1st February 2016.

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at series of Australian conferences

21st September 2015

Gerard Forlin QC spoke on anti-bribery and corruption issues at a series of conferences in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, on behalf of the British Foreign Commonwealth Office in September

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New sentencing guidelines in January 2016 mean huge fines for public and private organisations

18th June 2015

Gerard Forlin QC looks at the recent case of R v Thames Water Utilities Limited and the implications for forthcoming guidelines on health and safety and corporate manslaughter, and other regulatory offences.

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Gerard Forlin QC in a series of lectures

29th May 2015

Gerard Forlin QC recently chaired and spoke at the SHE Show in Milton Keynes. Over 300 delegates attended this event. Please click here to see the flyer.

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Gerard Forlin QC acts for Lockheed Martin

1st May 2015

Gerard Forlin QC recently acted for the American Global Corporation Lockheed Martin, in court in England. Click here to see the official report by HSE.....

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Gerard Forlin QC appears live on CNN News regarding the German Wings Air Crash

16th April 2015

Click here to see Gerard Forlin QC's full interview.....

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Global conference in Singapore

2nd April 2015

Gerard Forlin QC spoke at a global conference in Singapore on the 7th and 8 th of April 2015 on Corporate social responsibility in the private sector. This was hosted....

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Safeskies Aviation Conference in Canberra Australia

27th March 2015

Gerard Forlin QC has again been asked to do a keynote address at the Safeskies conference in Canberra, Australia in September 2015. This is one of the premier Aviation conferences....

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New Law Journal - No Limits on Fines a "Game Changer"

20th March 2015

Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, writes about unlimited fines for magistrates courts in the New Law Journal. Click here to view the article.....

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R V Morgan [2007]

13th March 2015

In the instant case, where the defendant (the train driver of a train which had passed a signal at danger (SPAD) and caused a fatal train crash) had pleaded guilty....

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Australia and Cornerstone

3rd March 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is unique in having two QCs who are also admitted to practise in Australia.

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Sweet and Maxwell Archbold Review - 'Up, Up and Away!'

19th February 2015

Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, highlights the significance of the Sentencing Council Consultation in relation to health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food and hygiene offences. Read more.....

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at the worlds leading Risk Management Conference

12th December 2014

This week Gerard Forlin QC spoke at the 21st Riskminds conference in Holland. This conference is described as the worlds Leading Risk Management conference with over 600 attendees from over 30 countries.

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£20m fines may follow court guidance

3rd December 2014

Gerard Forlin QC is quoted in relation to the new consultation exercise.

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Penalty hike for health & safety - New Law Journal

20th November 2014

Gerard Forlin QC comments on a new sentencing guidelines in New Law Journal.

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Tougher sentences proposed for health and safety, food safety offences - Local Government Lawyer

17th November 2014

Large organisations convicted of the most serious health and safety and food safety offences could face significantly increased sentences, under proposals put out for consultation by the Sentencing Guidelines Council

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at the UN

27th June 2014

In the last few days, Gerard Forlin QC at the expert UN Global Compact working group on the 10th UN principle against corruption at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. This....

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Gerard Forlin QC represents a company in a 8 meter roof fall

17th March 2014

Gerard Forlin QC recently represented a company in Shrewsbury crown court after a roof fall of some 8 meters where an employee sustained serious injuries. After listening to lengthy submissions by....

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Inquest into Falklands Death

18th February 2013

Gerard Forlin QC appeared in a two week inquest into the death of a passenger on the Shackleton Walk in South Georgia. The coroner gave a narrative verdict. Please see Penguin....

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Gerard Forlin QC speaks at Singapore Aviation Acadamy.

13th February 2013

Gerard Forlin QC is teaching for two days at the Singapore Aviation Acadamy to airline management on the law of aviation.....

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Inquest into Falklands Death

8th February 2013

Gerard Forlin QC appeared in a two week inquest into the death of a passenger on the Shackleton Walk in South Georgia. The coroner gave a narrative verdict. Please see Penguin....

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Too Hot to Handle, New Law Journal article by Gerard Forlin QC

26th March 2012

In an article published in the New Law Journal on 23 March 2012, Gerard Forlin QC examines a series of recent cases in which defendants have been facing increasingly severe....

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Lift Fatality Inquest

26th January 2012

In January 2012 Gerard Forlin QC acted for Thyssen Krupp Elevators UK at an inquest into the death of Katarzyna Woja who died in 2003 in a lift accident in....

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Laura Morgan inquest: Coroner records narrative verdict

24th January 2012

Gerard Forlin QC acted for some of the Sunsail employees in this important inquest. Click here to see the BBC news coverage.....

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Purley train crash convictions overturned

13th December 2011

Anthony Scrivener QC and Gerard Forlin have today put a final gross negligence manslaughter appeal to rest before new changes to the law take effect. The pair fought successfully to have....

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WINS-RUSI-Serco Nuclear Security Roundtable

27th May 2011

Gerard Forlin QC was consulted and spoke at the WINS-RUSI-Serco Nuclear Security Roundtable on lessons learnt from the recent 'Fukushima Daiichi' incident in Japan. The one-day roundtable for the World Institute....

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Cases that changed our lives

22nd September 2010

Gerard Forlin QC is a contributor to this collection of essays examining interesting aspects of key cases that have shaped the legal landscape. The book sets out the facts of each....

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Child's play; 'Risk' after R v Porter

27th August 2008

Gerard Forlin recently wrote an article in collaboration with Patrick Harrington QC, published in the New Law Journal, covering the recent judgment in R v Porter [2008] EWCA Crim 1271....

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R v Porter [2008] EWCA Crim 1271

1st January 2008

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Ten years of wrangling have failed to settle the corporate manslaughter debate

6th September 2007

Gerard Forlin's recent article for the New Law Journal on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (CMCHA 2007) argues that British organisations need to be more on their....

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A Guide to Health and Safety Prosecutions

8th June 2007

We are very pleased to announce the publication this week of this new textbook. It was written by; M. Appleby, Solicitor, Fisher Scoggins LLPGerry Forlin, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square It is....

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Attorney General's Reference (No 86 Of 2006) [2006] EWCA Crim 2570

1st January 2006

Gross negligence manslaughter - Business using dangerous machinery with non-functioning safety devices - Employee fatally injured - whether impact on continuation of business was relevant in justifying director receiving a....

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R v Shaw [2006] EWCA Crim 2570

1st January 2006

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R v Transco plc [2006] EWCA Crim 838

1st January 2006

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Luttrell & Ors, R v [2004] EWCA Crim 1344

1st January 2004

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