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Peter Smith represents cafe bar in H&S case after they served caustic soda to customer

The case, which attracted a great deal of media attention, involved a 48 year old Spanish Film Director who attended the New Conservatory Bar in Leeds City Centre.

The bar is owned by TNC and its sole director Mr Bird. The company was charged with a breach of section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 whilst Mr Bird, section 37(1) of the same Act as a secondary offender.

The 48 year old asked for a taster of light ale. The barman pulled a sample and the man drank it. Unfortunately, unknown to the bar man, a line clean was in progress and the sample contained caustic soda.  The customer suffered serious life threatening and life changing injuries.

The case was prosecuted by Samuel Green QC. Peter represented TNC and Mr Bird.District Judge David Kitson retained jurisdiction to sentence the defendant’s after written and oral submissions were made.

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