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  • Bolton School
  • University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne - LLB
  • Inns of Court School of Law - BVC

Professional Associations

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


Fraser Livesey practices in the fields of health & safety, regulatory crime and general crime. He has 20 years' experience and has been instructed as leading junior. He has acted for corporate and individual clients in health & safety prosecutions.

In the Coroner's Court he has been instructed by both the MPS and MDU to act on behalf of doctors and other medical professionals and been instructed in Article 2 Inquests for commercial clients, local authorities and prison officers. He appears on behalf of doctors in the MPTS

In the field of general crime he has both prosecuted and defended in large-scale drugs and money laundering conspiracies, fraud, trademark infringement, firearms, sexual offences and murder cases. He has experience as diverse as computer-related crime (including incitement to riot via facebook) through to 'cow-ringing'.

Notable Cases

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of ZBE (2022)

    The inquest related to the tragic death of a baby thrown over a high fence and into a fast flowing river by his father who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had sought admission to hospital in the days before the event. He was subsequently convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and described by the sentencing judge as “an extremely dangerous individual”. The matter heard from a number of expert witnesses and a variety of different agencies were involved.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of OBW (2021)

    Art 2 inquest in relation to death of a child in care. This was a new hearing after the original inquest conclusion was quashed following a judicial review.

  • Regina v AG

    Fiona Horlick QC and Fraser Livesey conclude eight week murder trial in Carlisle.

    The case involved the gruesome discovery of a body in the River Caldew by a farmer in Carlisle in July 2020. The deceased was lured to a house in the city centre before being been severely beaten and tortured over a two hour period by a number of men due to a significant drug debt, leaving 57 injuries to his head alone. He was then transported in a jeep whilst unconscious and his body dumped in the river where he ultimately drowned. The murderers abandoned the vehicle in woodland to the east of Carlisle and attempted to cover their tracks. The trial lasted eight weeks involving 6 defendants.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of AW (2021)

    Art 2 inquest with jury. Factually and legally complicated matter. Following the decision in R (on the application of Maughan) v. HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire submissions on unlawful killing in relation to both corporate and gross negligence manslaughter.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of SK (2020)

    Acting for Local Authority. Deceased involved with many agencies, medically complicated presentation and capacity issues. Neglect raised but not found as part of conclusion.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of K Bardsley (2018)

    Jury inquest. A lift failed and fell leading to fatal injuries. Technical expert evidence in relation to lift servicing and operation.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of JM (2018)

    Representing a doctor where a prescribing error had contributed to death.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon deaths of MH & EB (2018)

    Art 2 inquest with jury. Representing company operating many care homes, one of which closed after CQC involvement. Medical issues in causative chain of events.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of P Oliver (2017)

    Article 2 inquest with jury. Sudden death by choking of a vulnerable man suffering from a range of conditions under one to one supervision in a care home.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of B Witham (2017)

    Death in a care home. Medical issues and a background fractious relationship between care home staff and medical practitioners. Issues as to causation.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of S Jones (2017)

    Representing Local Authority, several of whose agencies were involved with a troubled young woman with complex medical and psychological issues. Significant medical/medicinal issues.

  • Inquest

    Re B Smith (2016)

    Inquest representing care home facing serious criticisms by relative of the deceased. Arguments in relation to Art 2 and DOLS. Coroner found the home had provided a high level of care.

  • Professional Discipline

    GMC -v- Dr A

    Fitness to Practice Hearing before the MPTS involving health and misconduct issues

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of Frederick Adams (2015)

    Art 2 Inquest concerning a death following an assault whilst resident in a care home. Involved a number of medical issues (there being 2 hospital admissions and interventfrom the General Practitioner and District Nurses), the involvement of social services and complex issues regarding causation.

  • Inquest

    Inquest touching upon the death of Mansoor Elahi (2015)

    Art 2 inquest with jury into death of a young man being treated for mental health problems who drowned in Hollingworth Lake whilst undertaking an activity whilst on authorised leave from hospital. The deceased had previously run into the lake on a previous episode of leave. The HSE investigated and were present throughout the inquest but no prosecution resulted against the lay client.

  • Licensing

    Re: Junction 16 Festival

    Successful licence review proceedings representing promoters and organisers of 3 day outdoor concert event

  • Inquest

    Re B Singh (2016)

    Inquest representing care home that specialised for challenging residents. Suggestions of neglect not substantiated.

  • Fraud/Trading Standards

    SCC v Smith & Nicholas

    Fraud and Cattle Identification Regulation prosecution. Leading junior.

  • Health and Safety

    HSE -v- MacAdam Ltd

    Defence of company prosecuted following an explosion in the workplace seriously injuring three people

  • Inquest

    Re D Martin.

    An inquest under article 2 in relation to a death in custody. Inquest considered individual and systemic issues within the prison

  • Licensing

    BBC v Raveshi

    Licensing appeal following appellant's acquittal on a murder allegation.

  • Health and Safety

    HSE -v- LCC

    Representation of local authority following serious incident on their premises

  • Inquest

    Bradford Coroners Court Re S Allen

    Representing company that manufactured equipment involved in fatal accident

  • Fraud

    R -v- Walker

    Sophisticated fraud committed by croupiers and a 'stooge' playing roulette in a casino. Serious breach of trust.

  • Crime

    R -v- Calvert

    Allegation of incitement to riot over the internet via Facebook.

  • Murder

    R -v- Campbell and Etheridge

    Two defendant murder case

  • Attempted Murder

    R -v- Bottomley

    Successful defence of defendant charged with attempted murder who had no recollection of the incident

  • Crime

    R -v- Mehat

    Highly unusual case representing man alleged to be 'mute by malice'.

  • Sexual Offences

    R -v- M

    Prosecution of multi-complainant child sexual abuse case over several months leading to hearing of fresh evidence in a three day Court of Appeal hearing

  • Fraud

    R -v- Etherington & others

    Two month trial of tobacco fraud involving nationwide investigation

  • Armed Robbery

    R -v- Tweedie

    Armed robbery of bookmakers with a sawn-off shotgun

  • Drug Importation and Supply

    Operation Rebound

    Six week voir dire to successfully exclude evidence in a large scale conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

  • Drug Importation and Supply

    R -v- Smith & others

    Successful defence of man of good character, alleged to be central to distribution of large quantities of heroin and cocaine

  • Sexual Offences

    R -v- W

    Historical allegations of rape and sexual abuse, defendant having significant psychiatric issues

  • Court of Appeal

    R -v- Parkinson

    Court of Appeal following Attorney-General’s Reference on the issue of the dangerous offender provisions

  • Arson

    R -v- Smith

    Successful defence of professional man indicted with arson with intent to endanger life

  • Attempted Murder

    R -v- Buchan

    Attempted murder, attack with an axe causing serious head injuries

  • Public Order

    R -v- Hamid & others

    Successful defence in serious public order incident

  • Licensing

    Blackpool Borough Council -v- Raveshi

    Licensing appeal where licence revoked following high-profile murder investigation

  • Judicial Review

    Hunter -v- Cumbria County Council

    Prosecution under Registered Homes regulations. Eight day hearing trial and judicial review to the Divisional Court


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