Michael's employer and 3 members of senior management were charged with offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. 

Family members sat through the nearly 4 weeks of evidence and it is some of that evidence which is the focus of this Mock Trial Workshop aimed at line managers and supervisors.  Louise's 13 years' experience working as an employment lawyer in a top-ranked firm enables her to bring a unique mix of insights when delivering this workshop, both personal and professional.

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What are the aims of the mock trial workshop?

To explore the role of supervisors and line managers in the effective management of health and safety.

To reinforce the responsibility of senior management in ensuring that role can be carried out to the best of a person’s abilities.

To discuss lessons to be learned in your workplace.

How will the workshop run?

In an interactive session, each attendee will play a “role” within the mock trial, be that as the judge, a witness, a lawyer, one of the accused, a member of the jury, or family members.  The workshop can be tailored for between 15 and 30 attendees. 

The evidence which will be heard is that of the Mechanical Project Manager and the Electrical Supervisor.  It is all scripted as it has been drawn from Louise’s notes of the actual trial.

There will be time to explore the failings which led to Michael’s death, and discuss lessons which can be learned within your own workplace to prevent anything similar from ever happening.

Would it not be better to use actors for the role play?

It might be better to use actors if the point was to get a polished role play.  However, that's not the point.  

How would you feel about having to sit in the dock?  How would you feel about your colleagues and friends having to give evidence?  Could you put yourselves in the shoes of the family who have lost their loved one as a result of your employer's action or inaction?   

The aim behind having you do it in a controlled environment is to ensure you don't have to ever do it in real-life. 

 
 

How much does the workshop cost?

A half day workshop cost is between £1500 and £2250 + VAT

  • £1500 is the basic starting cost for the minimum 15 attendees.
  • £50 will be charged for each additional attendee, up to a maximum of 30 attendees in total and a cost of £2250.    

A full day workshop cost is between £2700 and £4050 + VAT

  • £2700 is the basic starting cost for the minimum 15 attendees.
  • £90 will be charged for each additional attendee, up to a maximum of 30 attendees in total and a cost of £4050.

 In addition, travel and accommodation will be charged.