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Inquests and court appearances - Safety incident response

Who should attend

This session would benefit directors including main board directors, office/facilities managers, in-house lawyers, HR, health and safety and communications professionals. Thorough briefing documents are provided to all delegates.


When something goes wrong, the way an organisation responds, from the moment after the incident, all the way through the court process, is watched, recorded, analysed and judged

Court appearances are open to the public and the Press. Regulators, considering criminal charges, will be interested in inquest proceedings because evidence relevant to the cause of death may highlight corporate or individual failings. Those pursuing civil cases, including ambulance-chasing lawyers, may also attend and any admission of wrongdoing, or breach of duty, could be used as the foundation for a claim. The court process must not be viewed in isolation and leaders need to appreciate the implications of a public appearance so that appropriate tactical decisions are taken.


09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Following an incident

— the extent of the crisis: assessing the full impact

— can we say ‘sorry’?

— influencing the media including social media

— informing and working with insurers

Media management

— role of leadership and internal comms and their limitations

— use of external PR advice

— issuing public statements

Support for witnesses

— assisting witnesses and witness familiarisation

— self-incrimination and use of privilege

Inquests and court appearances

—  the power of the Coroner and their personality

—  inquest strategy: a very public process

— preparing for the hearing: objectives and disclosure

— considering the family and other interested persons

Criminal prosecutions

— role of magistrates in sentencing: new changes

— when individuals are prosecuted

13.00 close, followed by lunch

Download the full Safety incident response course programme

Employees and mental health training


Tim Toulmin
Managing Director

Alder is a management and communication consultancy that advises businesses at time of crisis, uncertainty or change – including after accidents and arrests and during legal proceedings. Tim has worked in the media for over 20 years and was Director of the Press Complaints Commission before founding Alder in 2010.

Toby Riley-Smith QC

Toby represents businesses (from international conglomerates to small family firms, religious institutions and individuals) in the various criminal and civil proceedings that may follow accidents at work. He appears regularly for interested persons at Inquests in the Coroner’s Court; for defendants in criminal proceedings; and for parties to civil litigation.

Paul Verrico
Partner, Solicitor-Advocate

Paul is an experienced Solicitor-Advocate in Eversheds’ Regulatory group. He regularly represents clients in the Coroner’s Court and Magistrates court, acting for Global manufacturing businesses, transport operators, service providers, care sector clients and universities. He is widely praised for being sensitive with victim’s families and ‘doing the right thing’.


Cost: £249

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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