Further topics in Fire Prosecution – Part 4 (Recording restricted)

April 28, 2021 15:00

This is the fourth Webinar in a series presented by the Red Lion Fire Law Team.

The aim is to inform fire service personnel with the law and practice of interviews under caution. The topics covered will include:

  • Court Presentation and Etiquette;
  • New Legislation;
  • Identifying the Responsible Person;
  • Exercising powers under Article 27;
  • Current Topics raised in Q and A.

This webinar follows the third webinar in the Fire law series: ‘Interviews under Caution in a Fire Prosecution’. We hope you and your colleagues will join us again.

This series of Fire Law Webinars is aimed at investigating officers, fire officers who attend a fire, as well as lawyers for Fire and Rescue Services – anyone who would be involved in the prosecution of a fire case.


Sailesh Mehta

Sailesh Mehta prosecutes and defends in some of the most complex cases in the Crown Courts and Appellate Court. He sits as a Recorder (part-time Crown Court Judge). He has been described in legal directories as a “heavyweight” and “charismatic” advocate who commands the respect of Judges and opponents. He is known for providing strategic and robust advice which is often decisive of a case.

Sailesh is one of a handful of barristers in the UK who specialises in fire law. He leads the Red Lion Chambers Fire Law Team. Sailesh Mehta has prosecuted for, and advised fire services across the country on aspects of law and policy, and prosecutes and defends, particularly in fatality cases for 25 years. He also represents and advises corporations and their directors.

Lauren Sales

Lauren regularly advises and acts for Fire and Rescue Services, corporations and individuals in respect of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. She has defended and conducted prosecutions in the Crown Court involving serious breaches of the Order by hoteliers, landlords and restauranteurs. As well as involvement in substantive court proceedings, Lauren also acts in appeals of enforcement and prohibition notices, as well as fire safety interviews and written advice in relation to charging decisions.

Warren Spencer

Warren has conducted over 200 fire safety cases under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order. He has acted and advised for 8 fire and rescue services and involved in provision of legal training for 4 additional fire services.

He has also provided training for over 500 fire officers in basic legal fire safety and advanced fire safety legal courses to fire engineers, fire risk assessors; property companies and fire safety officers.

Warren has 15 years’ experience of prosecuting and defending fire safety cases and is the author of [Fire Safety Law] – A fire law resources site. Warren provides monthly articles for the Fire Protection Association magazine, Fire and Security Matters website and delivering presentations and seminars at Firex exhibition and Conference for Landlords and Healthcare Fire Officers.

Richard Fowler

Richard is a serving senior officer with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and has previously led the Protection (Fire Safety) department for a number of years. He is currently seconded to the National Fire Chiefs Council Protection Policy and Reform Unit where he is leading on a number of pieces of work.

Richard has led many serious investigations and prosecutions of fire safety cases in the past, as case officer and witness, and has trained and mentored others developing in the role.

Richard is a past International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers and has spoken at many conferences and training events on fire related subjects in the UK and around the world.

  • Sailesh Mehta, RLC
  • Lauren Sales, RLC
  • Warren Spencer, MD at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors
  • Richard Fowler, National Fire Chiefs Council (Seconded)
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