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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As a result of a series of high-profile miscarriage of justice cases here and abroad, the Court of Appeal and the Law Commission have voiced mounting concern about the use of expert evidence in criminal trial

12. Feb 2019

Sailesh Mehta, a barrister at Red Lion Chambers, reports on lessons learned from miscarriages of justice having prosecuted and defended in fire cases for 25 years, many of those cases involving fatalities and expert evidence. Expert witnesses are now an accepted part of criminal and …

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Sailesh Mehta to Appear on Channel 4 News

14. Jun 2018

Sailesh Mehta  appeared on a Channel 4 news programme about The Grenfell Inquiry on 14th June 2018. He was invited to speak as an expert on aspects of regulatory law and Public Inquiries. A clip of this can be found by clicking here Sailesh also …

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Sailesh Mehta successfully prosecutes on behalf of the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

3. Apr 2018

Sailesh Mehta was instructed by the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in one of their most complex and difficult cases in recent times. A serious fire in a hospice resulted in the death of three residents. The Crown Court Judge remarked that but for …

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