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You receive a Health and Safety Improvement or Prohibition Notice: when, why, and what to do next

What powers does an inspector have to serve an improvement notice or prohibition notice?

Sections 18 to 26 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act set out the enforcement powers available to a Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) or local authority inspector (‘Inspector’).  Sections 21 and 22 give an Inspector the authority to serve an improvement or prohibition notice (‘Notice’).

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Covid Inquiry: what is it and will prosecutions follow?

Why is a Covid inquiry taking place?

Since March 2020, there have been calls for an inquiry into the government response to the Covid pandemic.  An inquiry could provide a forum for understanding what happened and why.  This is, in part, to give closure to those affected (which unusually is almost all of us to some degree) while also providing recommendations to help prepare the UK for the next pandemic, an inevitability according to many experts in the scientific community.

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Another bad day for the Serious Fraud Office – but what are the broader implications?

On 26 April the SFO’s prosecution of two former directors of Serco Geografix Ltd (“SGL”) collapsed. Unsurprisingly this case has re-ignited questions as to whether the SFO is fit for purpose, but it also shines a light – again – on the contrast between the SFO’s ability to secure lucrative Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) with corporate suspects and its inability to secure convictions of the individuals whose conduct underlies the DPA.

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