Six Pump Court

Pascal Bates

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Practice Areas

Prosecuting and defending regulatory prosecutions brought by national and local enforcement agencies, at first instance and on appeal – primarily health and safety but also railway, fire, food, trading standards and environment: eg. Taunton Deane BC v WH Smith (2018), HSE v Claxton Engineering Services and others (quadruple fatality at Great Yarmouth) (2017). Advised HSE/ORR on the structural collapse onto the railway at Gerrards Cross. Enforcement Notice appeals: e.g. Cooperative Group Food v Steward (Three Rivers DC) (2017). Disputes about primary authority arrangements. Confidential/strategic advice on regulatory/commercial matters: eg. hydrocarbon pipeline safety; enforceability of non-compete clauses; joint venture agreement between developers. Inquests: eg. In re Fairweather (2018). Disclosure/PII in both civil and criminal contexts. General common and public law with an emphasis on statutory construction: eg. rights to UK passports; allocation of statutory powers between rival public bodies; extent of investigators’ powers; application of EU/UK controls to imported foods. Commercial contract and property: eg. ICFL v Trafalgar Leisure (2018), Halberstam v Gladstar [2015] EWHC 179 (QB), Meretz Investments v ACP [2008] Ch 244, Haller v Deutsche Bank. Contested probate.


MA (Cantab); called 1994; Standing Counsel to HSE & ORR; A List for Environment Agency; Occasional Lecturer UCL.