Hi, I have another client who may need some help. The Guernsey Health & Safety people took him to Court recently for some minor infractions. He was advised by a local Law Firm to plead guilty as he would get a fine of around £2,000. He was actually fined £22,000 and there were some big articles in the local newspaper. His business has been damaged and much of the allegations are incorrect, evidence should have been challenged and was not and there is some mis-reporting in the paper. He would like to appeal against the verdict on the basis that evidence submitted was inappropriate (e.g. photos that would always show a bad picture and which do not truly represent reality) and the fine is excessive. I believe in the UK the maximum fine is £20,000. The main evidence relates to a dead mouse that was found in the roof space and little bit of mouse droppings that had not been swept up - not a great deal at all and nothing that would seriously put the health of diners at risk. I am thinking about bringing over H&S people from England to confirm everything is now ok and to take photos which will show the same as those given in evidence. I can then argue that the original photos were misleading and should be rendered inadmissible on appeal. What advice can you give. Is it worth arguing and do you think we will get a positive result from it? Please copy my email address with any reply:***@******.***. Regards, ***** *****
Yes, I will wait. I will update my client who is keen to get an answer asap.