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Abigail Bainbridge

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Abigail joined THB in 2016 as an Associate in the Regulatory Department. Abigail qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2008 and went on to be admitted as a Solicitor in 2010.

Abigail combined studying and working and has been employed in the area of Criminal Prosecutions since 2003, she started her legal career working for Essex Police and then moved to the Crown Prosecution Service in 2007. Abigail completed her legal training at the University of Hertfordshire and it was through being awarded the prestigious Hawkins Russell Jones award for excellent performance on the Legal Practice Course that led Abigail to join HRJ Law (subsequently HRJ Foreman Laws) at the beginning of 2011.

Since qualification Abigail has further developed  her regulatory practice prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and a number of Local Authorities. Abigail has a wealth of experience in prosecuting for the HSE, having prosecuted, amongst many, major construction companies, airports, NHS trusts, production companies, care home providers and companies within the manufacturing industry. Abigail has also represented the HSE at appeals before the Employment Tribunal, Court of Appeal and as an interested party at Inquests. Abigail’s practice also includes prosecuting for Local Authorities in areas such as health and safety, environmental protection, food safety, licensing, houses in multiple occupation and trading standards.

Abigail is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas

  • Health and Safety
  • Inquests
  • Enforcement appeals in the Employment Tribunal
  • Environmental Protection
  • Food Safety
  • Licensing
  • House in Multiple Occupation
  • Trading Standards
  • Magistrates Court preparation and advocacy
  • Crown Court preparation

Significant Cases

  • R (HSE) v Ramsay Health Care UK Operations Ltd

Represented the HSE, the Defendant Company were prosecuted for failing to have an adequate Occupational Health service. The case involved a broad spectrum of failings over a period of time. Central to the case was how the Sentencing Guideline should be applied given its unusual and unique set of facts.

  • R (HSE) v Foodles Production UK Ltd

Represented the HSE, the Defendant Company were prosecuted for health and safety offences following an injury to Harrison Ford on set whilst filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The case attracted considerable media attention and resulted in the Production Company being fined £1.6 million.

  • R (WHBC) v OTIS Ltd and Complete Escalator Services Ltd

Represented Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council, the Defendant Companies were prosecuted for health and safety offences after a young lady sustained injures from falling into an escalator step that had been removed and not replaced during maintenance of the escalator.

  • R (HSE) v C- T Aviation Solutions Ltd

Represented the HSE, after a lengthy trial the operators of Luton Airport and the designer of the airport layout were convicted of health and safety offences following the death of an elderly lady on a crossing at the airport. The designer appealed the conviction to the Court of Appeal, the appeal was not upheld.

  • R (HSE and CBC) v Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust and Menna

Represented the HSE and Central Bedfordshire Council in a joint prosecution. The NHS and a care home owner were prosecuted following the fatal stabbing of a care worker by a patient who was discharged by the NHS following detention under the Mental Health Act and placed in a local care home. The case resulted in a lengthy trial and involved reviewing and documenting over 500 items of material including complex medical records.

 

"Abigail Bainbridge has great experience and excellent judgement, setting realistic expectations and achieving them consistently."

- Legal 500 (2017)

"Thank-you for all your hard work on this case which resulted in such a gratifying outcome! I am really so impressed by you, it is always such a pleasure and reassurance working on a case with you."

- Watford Borough Council Environmental Health Officer

"Your professionalism and experience was shown throughout the investigation and into the hearings themselves. I have no doubt that the outcome could have been different if it had not been for the preparation of papers and presentation that you undertook during court proceedings."

- Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Environmental Health Officer

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