Defending a Prosecution of a Fire Brigade

1. Dec 2021

As the Grenfell Inquiry slowly comes to an end, Government will soon begin the task of assessing the recommendations in the Inquiry reports. Fire and Rescue Services will be under pressure to carry out more inspections. Inevitably prosecution cases will rise in the Magistrates’ and …

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Fire 2021 Conference

11. Nov 2021

Michael Goodwin QC, Sailesh Mehta, Valerie Charbit and David Claxton attend FIRE 2021 at the QEII Conference Centre, London. On 9 November 2021 members of Red Lion Chambers’ Fire Law Team attended the Fire 2021 Conference organised in association with the National Fire Chiefs Council, …

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Fire 2021 Conference

11. Sep 2021

Michael Goodwin QC, Sailesh Mehta, Valerie Charbit and David Claxton attend FIRE 2021 at the QEII Conference Centre, London. On 9 November 2021 members of Red Lion Chambers’ Fire Law Team attended the Fire 2021 Conference organised in association with the National Fire Chiefs Council, …

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Grenfell: lessons learnt

14. Jun 2021

On the fourth anniversary of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire that claimed 72 lives, Sailesh Mehta outlines four key lessons learnt. Writing for Counsel Magazine he says: “The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has already unearthed important facts about how the tragedy unfolded and is now engaged …

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Sailesh Mehta interviewed by Sky News

14. Jun 2021

Sailesh Mehta appeared on Sky News on the 4th anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire. Sailesh spoke to Nick Quraishi on the Early Rundown show about the cladding crisis facing local authorities, the safety issues surrounding high rise buildings, fire safety defects and the families …

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Red Lion Chambers introduces specialist Fire Law Team

26. Apr 2021

Red Lion Chambers introduces its new Fire Law Team with specialists offering expert, business focussed, robust advice and advocacy. The Team represents corporations, company directors, UK fire and rescue authorities, as well as public and investigatory bodies. The team which was originally set up in …

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Legal Lessons: Sailesh Mehta writes for the Fire & Risk Mangement Journal

14. Apr 2021

Witnesses giving evidence can sometimes get things wrong. Expert witnesses occasionally make mistakes. Because judges and juries often put great weight on the evidence of an expert, every error could lead to a miscarriage of justice. The Court of Appeal has had to deal with …

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Sailesh Mehta takes part in BBC Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

30. Nov 2020

Sailesh Mehta who prosecutes and defends in serious fire and regulatory cases talked to the BBC’s Grenfell Tower Inquiry podcast about the charges that Prosecution could bring including burden of proof and financial consequences for companies involved. Listen at 37mins55secs in:[BBC]

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The Grenfell fire inquiry is ignoring the biggest causes of the tragedy

31. Oct 2019

By disregarding funding cuts, poor regulation and falling safety standards, this report into the disaster lets ministers off the hook. The 1,000-page report into the Grenfell fire that was published yesterday reaches damning conclusions. Cladding on the London block breached building regulations and caused the …

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Sailesh Mehta talks to LBC regards Toxic Contamination found around Grenfell Tower

29. Mar 2019

“It is a well-known phenomenon that because of the intensity of a large fire, the resultant plume of smoke and gas will contain a cocktail of harmful toxins.” Sailesh Mehta spoke to LBC Radio today regards the latest study that showed toxins had been found …

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