Michael Hayton QC

Michael Hayton QC

"Highly knowledgeable and professional. He has outstanding advocacy skills." 

Chambers UK 2018
Year of call: 1993 QC: 2013
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Criminal Regulatory

Michael has appeared in many Health and Safety prosecutions for both corporate and individual clients, normally in cases involving fatalities or multiple serious injuries and often within the construction and food industries. He was trial counsel in the leading case of HSE v Chargot and others, and has conducted many Crown Court trials in HSE prosecutions.

Many of his clients have come from the construction, chemical and food industries. Michael regularly is brought into cases soon after an investigation has commenced.

His background in criminal work has provided him with the appropriate experience to present his case before a jury.

He regularly provides seminars in this area of work to lay and professional clients and other members of the Bar.


HSE v Essar Oil Limited

Michael represented Essar Oil Limited after the company was fined £1,650,000 for an offence contrary to the COMAH Regulations 1999. The prosecution arose from an explosion that took place at the Stanlow Oil Refinery at Ellesmere Port in November 2013. No injuries were sustained by any person but it was accepted that the risk of harm was high, and that a fatality could have resulted.

R v Chargot & Others

Trial counsel for one of the two corporate clients in this leading case involving a fatality at a construction site. Advised in relation to the subsequent appeal that ended up in the House of Lords.

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