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Fire Law News

The Fire Law Team has written articles in relation to fire law in the legal and national press. Members of the team have also commented widely on the Grenfell Inquiry and been interviewed by national and international media.

Please see below for RLC's latest Fire Law news.

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Grenfell: lessons learnt

Grenfell: lessons learnt

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 in the ‘why did it ...
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Sailesh Mehta interviewed by Sky News

Sailesh Mehta interviewed by Sky News

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 and victims still awaiting a ...
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Red Lion Chambers introduces specialist Fire Law Team

Red Lion Chambers introduces specialist Fire Law Team

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 2013 by RLC member Sailesh ...
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Legal Lessons: Sailesh Mehta writes for the Fire & Risk Mangement Journal

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

Barrister Sailesh Mehta shares advice for expert witnesses in fire cases, based on his experience and lessons from miscarriages of justice 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 ...
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Sailesh Mehta takes part in BBC Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

Sailesh Mehta takes part in BBC Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

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

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

First printed in The Times October 31 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 ...
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Sailesh Mehta talks to LBC regards Toxic Contamination found around Grenfell Tower

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

"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 in and around Grenfell Tower ...
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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

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

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 civil trials. Their evidence can ...
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Sailesh Mehta to Appear on Channel 4 News

Sailesh Mehta to Appear on Channel 4 News

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 appeared on Al Jazeera’s American ...
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Sailesh Mehta successfully prosecutes on behalf of the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

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

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 the fire services, the death ...
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Klentiana Mahmutaj successfully prosecutes on behalf of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Klentiana Mahmutaj successfully prosecutes on behalf of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Anthony Burlingham, a hotelier and company director in Norfolk was found to be in breach of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Mr Burlingham and his former manager Damian Payne were both found guilty of failing to provide information to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in relation to an ...
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Fire Law Practice Area Launches

Fire Law Practice Area Launches

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Red Lion Chambers Fire Law practice website. This website is perhaps the first of its kind and was launched off the back of a developing wealth of experience within chambers in this field. Sailesh Mehta, the head of the Fire Law ...
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