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Mock Trial 2016: Service Strike, London

16 September, 2016 | 08:30 - 13:00

Mock trial in the City Hall, London.
Mock trial in the City Hall, London.

About this event

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There are over 60,000 cable strikes every year with electricity causing the most significant injuries. Large fines can be imposed if a cable strike leads to a successful prosecution – at the end of 2015, two construction companies were fined a total £90,000 plus prosecution costs after two workers were seriously injured following a cable strike at a London construction site.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found a series of failings including inadequate risk assessment, lack of communication, lack of supervision and inadequate checks on competence.

But what happens if a company gets all of those things right? What happens if there is still a cable strike despite a company's best efforts to train, supervise and enable its employees? When will HSE focus its attention on individuals?

On 16 September the Institution of Civil Engineers in partnership with TfL, CECA is organising a Mock Trial event at City Hall, London for an audience of around 200 “jurors”.

This engaging and thought provoking event will allow you to sit as a juror in a mock trial of an employee prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act. You will see a 'snapshot' of evidence from the prosecution and the defence as an employee has to face the consequences of his actions and inactions. You will also be asked to determine guilt – and sentence.

The event also includes important messages covering: communication, adherence to H&S documentation, training and designer responsibilities.


08:00 Registration, networking and refreshments
09:00 Welcome from the Chair - Margaret Sackey, ICE Health and Safety Expert Panel
09:05 Introduction  - Aims of the Day
Overview of trial procedure and duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 
Kirsty Gomersal, Partner & Solicitor Advocate, Clyde & Co
09:35 Mock Trial: Service Strike  (Part 1)

  • Prosecution Opening
  • Prosecution Witness – examination in chief and cross examination

10:25 Refreshment and networking
11:05 Mock Trial: Service Strike  (Part 2)

  • Defendant’s evidence
  • Defence Closing and Submissions 
  • Judge’s Summing Up

12:00 Analysis of Jury verdicts and questions​

  • Comfort break​

12:45 Update on PAS 256 by Les Guest, Technical Author, PAS 256
12:55 Closing remarks from the Chair
13:00 End of event

To register follow the booking links. If you have any queries please contact the ICE Events Team on +44 (0)20 7665 2226 or email

Registration fees

Member: £35 +VAT
Supporting Association: £35 +VAT
Non-member: £45 +VAT

*All CITB-registered employers can claim a grant for employees who have done training. For half day courses, such as the Mock trail, the grant is £25 per person.


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TfL logo
Clyde Co logo


John Beswick
 Silver sponsor
TSA logo
 Bronze sponsor

Testimonials from the 2015 event

  • Without doubt, the service strike mock trial was the best and most eye-opening training that I have attended within my 25 year career
  • Very well done to all. A real ‘feel’ was achieved
  • The mock trial is an excellent way of focusing attention on the responsibilities of employers to employees and the responsibilities of individuals to each other
  • This was a very informative day and well worth the time
  • This is a very good initiative, as they say a picture paints a thousand words
  • We enjoyed the event, it was a great way of delivering information and awareness
  • Who doesn’t learn from submissive theatre?! Great event, one which has inspired us to roll out similar training to all our employees
  • Very informative and great insight into how the court process would work in a ‘utility strike’ case
  • Excellent Mock trial, very interesting, engaging and professionally carried out

Speaker and participants include:

  • Margaret Sackey, Chair, ICE Health and Safety Expert Panel 
  • Kirsty Gomersal and James Thompson, Partners and Solicitor-Advocates, Clyde & Co
  • Peter Crosland, National Civil Engineering Director, Civil Engineering Contractors Association
  • James Lewis, Business Development Manager, Subscan Technology Limited
  • Mike Leppard, Safety, Health & Environment Adviser, Energy Networks 
  • Nicholas Zembillas, CEO/MD, Subsurface Utility Engineering
  • Les Guest, Technical Author, PAS 256