I am the director of a company. Am I liable if an employee dies as a result of an accident of work?
Directors cannot rely upon limited liability to avoid the risk of being prosecuted as an individual if a death occurs in the workplace following breaches of health and safety. Penalties upon conviction can range from an unlimited fine to life imprisonment depending upon the circumstances. Seek legal advice immediately.
Do I need a solicitor to attend with me for a meeting with HSE?
You are entitled to nominate someone to attend the meeting with you and that can include a solicitor but HSE do not have to agree. If you are being interviewed under caution and in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act you can insist on having a solicitor with you
I have been asked to attend a meeting with the Health and Safety Executive. Should I attend?
You are obliged by law to cooperate with HSE inspectors during an investigation, including providing any information they may reasonably require and attending any necessary meetings.
I have been asked to attend for an interview with HMRC. Do I need a solicitor?
If the interview is to be conducted under caution and in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act the answer is yes. This type of interview can only take place if you are suspected of criminal conduct and could result in a prosecution.