Ian Bridge - Regulatory & Licensing
Ian Bridge was called to the Inner Temple in November 1988. He has a nationwide client base and undertakes work throughout the UK and on behalf of overseas clients. Ian defends and prosecutes health and safety cases at all levels. He is on the Attorney General's "A" list of counsel for HSE work. He is instructed by the Health and Safety Executive and their solicitor agents nationwide. He has represented a number of high profile defendants (personal and corporate). He has appeared in numerous serious health and safety cases in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Coroners Court. His experience includes the full range of health and safety prosecutions from manslaughter to regulatory breach.
He has substantial experience in the following specific areas as well as a variety of individual cases which cannot be easily categorised.
Healthcare – He has appeared in numerous cases involving fatal and serious injury incidents in hospitals and care homes. His experience includes deaths in restraint, suicide, failures in water management systems (legionella outbreaks), failures in PFI management systems, scalding incidents, hoist failures and incidents where patients requiring 24-hour supervision have died as a result of being left unsupervised.
Construction – He has appeared in numerous cases involving fatal and serious injury incidents on construction and demolition sites. His experience covers scaffold collapses, falls from height, demolition planning, electrocution, trench collapse and incidents involving the use of heavy machinery.
Asbestos – He has acted in asbestos contamination cases.
Warehousing and transport – He has appeared in numerous cases involving deaths and injury arising from failures in workplace transport. His experience covers goods falling from lorries, vehicles colliding with workmen and workmen being crushed or injured by vehicles operating on sites with inadequate separation between workmen and machines.
Mines and Quarries – He was instructed in the 1990’s by British Coal in the respiratory disease litigation and a number of other substantial cases. He has acted subsequently in a number of cases covering crushing from collapse and/or falling rocks, explosive fumes and coal dust, conveyor and manrider accidents, gassing – including carbon monoxide in a wider context than mines and quarries (he has acted in numerous domestic boiler cases).
Agriculture and Forestry – He has acted in a number of serious and fatal injury cases which have occurred on farms or whilst felling trees.
Road Traffic – He is instructed in numerous fatal and serious injury road traffic prosecutions. He has been instructed in more than 50 such cases over the past 3 years – a number of them high profile and involving multiple fatalities. His experience in such cases covers driver medical matters (Sleep Apnoea, Diabetic Seizures and Epilepsy), Mechanical Defects, deceased medical matters (causation) as well as the full range of allegedly dangerous and careless driving.
Ian Bridge has been instructed by multinational corporations for advice on wide ranging regulatory topics ranging from the application of the general product safety regulations to the REACH provisions covering the use of dangerous chemicals.
A full list of prosecutions in which Ian Bridge has appeared can be provided on request. His recent work includes the following.
Inquest into the death of Gladys Jones – Southwark – hospital acquired legionella
Inquest into the death of Doreen Arberry – Peterborough – hospital pager system
Inquest into the death of Lee Wright – Birmingham – hospital suicide of mental health patient
Inquest into the deaths of Irene Wilton & Trevor Wickes – hospital deaths following chlorination failure
Inquest into the death of Steven Perry – death of child in care in RTA
HSE – V – Imperial Commercials Ltd – workplace transport fatality
HSE – V – Barbour & Co LTD – Construction site falling debris fatality
HSE – V – John Henry & Sons LTD – Construction site fence collapse
R – V –White – runaway van, causation issues
R – V – Corrigan – fatal motorway collision, causation issues
R – V – Howsego – London cyclist fatality
R – V – O’Hare – motorcycle fatality
R – V – Colquitt – motorcycle fatality
R – V – Tompkins – alleged mobile phone use fatality
R – V – Warwick – London cyclist fatality
R – V – Knight – serious injury by dangerous driving passenger suffering tetraplegia
R – V – Sudol – multiple vehicle dangerous driving medical defence epilepsy/diabetes
R – V – Demko – fatal accident with pedestrian, subsequent death in hospital, causation
‘Very hardworking and knowledgeable regarding serious fraud cases.’
Legal 500 2016