Michael Rawlinson

Michael Rawlinson

"He has very good attention to detail, gets back to you really quickly and provides sound judgement and analytical thinking." "He is very good at explaining processes and managing expectations. He is quick to respond to calls and queries. A very experienced advocate and a pleasure to deal with."

Chambers UK 2022
Year of call: 2002
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Criminal Regulatory

Michael has acted in a wide range of criminal regulatory matters relating to breaches of health & safety legislation and prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as well as food safety, fire safety, animal welfare and trademark/copyright legislation.

Michael routinely appears in inquests arising from deaths in the workplace that have a health and safety dimension to them. He also has experience of CQC regulatory prosecutions, and prosecutions under the Health & Social Care Act 2008 brought against residential and care homes in the healthcare field.

From 2007 onwards Michael was a member of the Attorney General’s Approved List of Prosecution Counsel, and undertook a variety of regulatory prosecutions on behalf of a various Government agencies including the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the Food Standards Agency, the Environment Agency/DEFRA, the Inland Revenue, HMRC, RCPO and the DWP.

Recent Cases:

R v RH

Successfully defended a farmer who used a telehandler to pick up a car and dump it in a road to defend his property. RH was cleared of dangerous driving and criminal damage.

HSE v SE Care Home

Currently representing a care home prosecuted under the HSWA following a serious injury to a care assistant sustained due to a faulty lift mechanism.

Hull City Council v PK & DK & BL Ltd.

Successfully defended a national jewellery business and two Directors who faced trademarking and consumer protection offences for selling non-hallmarked jewellery.

Inquest touching the death of PS

Represented a Supervisor, who was separately represented form the company, at a highly contentious inquest following the death of an employee crushed in a carpet rolling machine.

HSE v P&V Steel Ltd

Defended a Sheffield based multinational steel company prosecuted by HSE following catastrophic injuries sustained by a steel worker after a mechanism carrying a two-ton steel tube collapsed.


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