Prosecution Update for Local Authority Lawyers


An update on prosecutions law and procedure for lawyers in local authorities 

9 June 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Weightmans, Leicester

Presented by Weightmans and Geldards


Course overview

Suitable audience:

Lawyers in local government whose role includes handling potential criminal offences


Delegates will before the event get a mock trial pack and have to play the roles of prosecution or defence advocate in a Magistrates’ Court, before an [Acting] Judge from Weightmans. Delegates will make legal applications and conduct a real cross examination of the defendant before presenting a closing speech in the hope of persuading the tribunal of the force of their arguments.

Topics to be covered include:

Bad character evidence, previous convictions and adverse inference form silence.

Interactive elements

The whole course will be practical and interactive

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


A Ethics professionalism and judgement 

B Technical legal practice 

B5 Advocacy

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

Presenter profiles

Presenters are drawn from the Weightmans Regulatory Services Unit and specialise exclusively in the defence and prosecution of criminal regulatory offences. Chris Green is a Partner who used to be an in house local authority lawyer for Birmingham City Council and has twenty years experience of handling regulatory prosecutions.   They are joined by Solicitor-Advocate Nicki Agalamanyi of Leicester City Council who will share her extensive knowledge of prosecutions from a local authority perspective.

Chris Green is the lead partner of Weightmans Regulatory Services Unit across the Midlands. He is a former local authority prosecutor having trained and qualified with Birmingham City Council in 1995. Chris became a partner in 2004 and joined Weightmans in 2006.

Chris provides: advice and assistance in relation to accident investigation in the immediate aftermath of an adverse event; representation at PACE interviews; support and guidance throughout court proceedings; and a 24 hour emergency response service in critical situations where immediate assistance is required. He is currently advising a housing authority following a tower block fire and another in respect of a food poisoning outbreak.

Chris Green is described by Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2015 as “highly respected way beyond the circle of expert health and safety lawyers.”

James Muller joined Weightmans’ Regulatory Services Unit in 2015, having previously worked at No5 Chambers, where he spent 2 years working with a top regulatory barrister on the prosecution and defence of Health & Safety, Fire Safety and other regulatory cases. He provides legal assistance and advice on a range of regulatory legal issues and has experience of prosecuting cases on behalf of regulators, as well as providing advice and assistance to businesses in the immediate aftermath of serious and fatal accidents.

James has an interest in motor traffic offences and has a particular knowledge of criminal and courts procedure, litigation process and trial preparation. He is currently advising a construction contractor in relation to a fatal accident involving one of its workers, and is representing a local authority on the prosecution it is bringing in relation to a death in a care home.

Caroline Depledge joined Weightmans’ Regulatory Services Unit in 2015. She is a qualified solicitor having previously completed her training contract and spent 3 years assisting a respected regulatory partner exclusively in the defence of some of the most complex and high profile Health & Safety, Environmental and other regulatory cases. She is currently defending a local authority following a dangerous occurrence in a construction project at one of its schools, an individual facing a charge of gross negligence manslaughter and a corporate body following a fire at one of its properties.

Caroline regularly acts on behalf of private and public sector clients in relation to regulatory investigations undertaken by the HSE, local authorities and other regulatory bodies. She also appears in court, acts on behalf of interested parties at Coroners’ Inquests and represents individuals in relation to a variety of regulatory proceedings. In the immediate aftermath of an adverse event, Caroline often provides advice and legal assistance in relation to accident investigation and initial correspondence with regulatory bodies. She also helps clients to navigate the often complex criminal legal system by providing both legal and strategic guidance in the lead up to and throughout court proceedings.

Nicki Agalamanyi is a Solicitor-Advocate with Leicester City Council, she has a broad range of Local Government experience having previously worked in Legal Services at Warwickshire County Council, Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council. Conducting advocacy in both the Magistrates and the Crown Court in Trading Standards, Health and Safety, Proceeds of Crime, Benefit Fraud, Food Safety and Planning Enforcement matters.


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