Guilty or Not Guilty? Judgment Day, Belfast

22 June, 2016 | 08:30 - 16:45

Expand your knowledge of the judicial system with this all-encompassing seminar and mock trial.
Expand your knowledge of the judicial system with this all-encompassing seminar and mock trial.

About this event

This event is essential for all managing directors, directors, senior managers, health and safety professionals and site management teams who want a clear understanding of how the criminal courts operate when dealing with accidents in the workplace.

The seminar will begin with a presentation by Nancy Henry, Principal Construction Inspector HSENI, who will outline the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland's (HSENI) approach to investigations.

The morning session will also include presentations on 'An overview of recent Corporate Manslaughter and Gross Negligence Manslaughter Cases', 'Personal Effect of a Prosecution' and 'Legal Differences from Working in Multiple Jurisdictions'.

The afternoon session will focus on criminal court proceedings, beginning with an interview under caution and a mock criminal health and safety court case. This is an opportunity to view and participate in the preparation and running of a criminal case, and experience the emotional, practical and organisational issues arising from it.

Two practising barristers will demonstrate how a criminal action progresses, providing you with guidance on the right and wrong ways of presenting yourself and your evidence. The judge in the case will deliver his verdict and the resulting sanction. This will be followed by a presentation on 'Civil Actions – The Insurance View'. The afternoon session will end with a Q&A session, where you'll have the opportunity to put your questions to the participants.

Considering the high quality of the presenters at the conference, we expect places to fill quickly, so please book early.

If you gain value from this event, you may record it in your CPD portfolio.


£100 excl VAT for ICE members
£120 excl VAT for non-members


There are opportunities for conference exhibitors priced at £200 + VAT. Please contact Jude Faloon at: for further details.


Time Activity
08.30 – 08.45 Registration
Tea and coffee on arrival
08.45 – 09.00 Welcome
Charles Hutchison – Chairman, ICE (NI) H&S Group
VIP Speaker's Opening Address
09.00 – 09.30 HSENI Approach to Investigations
Nancy Henry – Principal Inspector, HSENI
09.30 – 10.00 Overview of recent Corporate Manslaughter & Gross Negligence Manslaughter Cases
Laura Gillespie - Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
10.00 – 10.45 Personal Effect of a Prosecution
David Wallace MBE – SHEQ Director, Henry Group
10.45 – 11.15 Break
Tea, coffee and exhibition viewing
11.15 – 11.55 Legal Differences from Working in Multiple Jurisdictions – NI, GB, RoI
Patrick Connolly - Partner, BLM Law
11.55 – 12.30 Interview under Caution
Laura Gillespie - Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Courtroom Scenario and Verdict
Facilitated by Laura Gillespie, Pinsent Masons LLP
15.00 – 15.30 Break
Tea, coffee and exhibition viewing
15.30 -16.00 Civil Actions – The Insurance View
David Workman – Willis & Co.
16.00 -16.30 Session Q&A
16.30 – 16.45 Closing Remarks
Charles Hutchison - Chairman, ICE (NI) H&S Group


Laura Gillespie - Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Laura is a Litigation & Regulatory Partner in Pinsent Masons, Belfast and manages a wide range of commercial disputes, to include contractual claims, land disputes and contentious insolvency. Handling disputes for 15 years, Laura has considerable experience across all courts in Northern Ireland.

Laura has particular expertise in regulatory matters, advising clients both in relation to compliance, internal investigations and prosecutions relating to health and safety, business crime and commercial fraud and data protection. Laura also regularly delivers training to clients on compliance issues.

Laura has worked in the field of health & safety compliance for over 10 years and this has specifically involved fatal and serious accidents in the construction sector. Laura is a committee member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health. She is recognised in leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers.

Nancy Henry - Principal Inspector, HSENI

Nancy is the Principal Inspector of the construction group at HSENI and has been employed with them since 2002. During this time Nancy has worked in several sectors including manufacturing, construction, agriculture, quarries and as part of their Major investigation team.

David Wallace MBE - SHEQ Director, Henry Group

David is now in his 30th year with the Henry Group and has been involved in health and safety management since 1994. He became the Group SHEQ Director in 2004. The Henry Group's core business is construction.

During his time with the Henry Group, David has been involved in establishing the health and safety management strategy for various types of construction projects throughout the UK. He is currently involved on four large framework contracts as well as a number of other high profile projects including Design & Builds. David's main expertise is within the security sector.

Amongst his various health and safety qualifications David holds a Master's Degree in occupational safety and health from Queens University. He is a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and holds Incorporate Membership status with the Association for Project Safety (IMaPS).

David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB). He is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and is a Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA).

David currently chairs the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Safety Practitioners Committee and is a member of the BuildHealth Steering Committee.

In the 2013 Queens Birthday Honours, David was awarded the MBE for his services to health and safety in Northern Ireland.

Patrick Connolly - Partner, BLM Law

Paddy is a Partner with BLM based in their Belfast Office. As BLM are the only solicitors firm to offer representation across all of the UK and Ireland, Paddy will give his thoughts on the differences in practice across the four jurisdictions. With over 14 years practice in the field of litigation Paddy has a wealth of experience advising clients in the construction and insurance sector. He has a special interest in defending clients prosecuted for Health and Safety Offences and in resisting fraudulent claims.

Conor Mullan - Barrister

Conor was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2003 and his practice swiftly developed into two main areas - Civil and Criminal law with extensive experience in Inquests, Health & Safety and Employment. Conor's well established practice at the Bar of Northern Ireland now extends to England and Wales following his call to the Bar there in 2012. He now enjoys a dual practice in both jurisdictions as a tenant also of Pump Court Chambers in London, which is one of the leading common law sets at the Bar, specialising in Civil, Criminal and International law.

Alongside his specialist Personal Injury law and Criminal law practice he has a busy general Civil court practice being instructed in cases and conducting trials across the whole of the UK.

Adrian Higgins - Barrister

Adrian was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) in 1999 and was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland Michaelmas term 1999 and further to the Bar of the Republic of Ireland in 2004. In 2011 he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Arbitration from University College, Dublin and was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators the same year.

Adrian has been instructed as Crown Counsel in numerous Crown Court prosecutions and also continues to represent defendants in all criminal courts. He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the Personal Injuries Bar Association. He continues to act in civil and commercial actions regularly in the County Court and High Court. In 2013 Adrian was appointed as Deputy Director of the Public Prosecution Service Turks & Caicos Islands.

David Workman - Broking Director, Willis & Co.

David is Group Broking Director of Willis & Co (Insurance Brokers) Ltd overseeing Insurance placements for their NI and GB operations. Before taking up this role last year, he headed up the NI division of a multi-national broker. David has over 30 years' experience in broking, specialising in Construction, and continues to broke the Insurances of many of Northern Ireland's leading construction companies. A Chartered Insurer and Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, he is also past president of the British Insurance Brokers Association.