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One of my recent cases in Lancashre: Owners rapped after smoke detectors painted over

Owners rapped after smoke detectors painted over and emergency signs broken at pub blaze A PUB owner and its former licensee have been spared jailed despite putting lives at risk by breaching fire safety regulations. Burnley Crown Court heard how two residents had to work their way through a smoke-filled corridor to escape a blaze at The Mason Arms in Burnley Road East, Waterfoot. Read more...

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Former County Councillor Landlord Given Suspended Prison Sentence for Fire Breaches after Baby Thrown Out Of Flat Window

  A landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following a fire at an HMO in Preston, Lancashire. Valli Patel, 74, was ordered to pay £18,455 in fines and costs, in addition to a 24 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to 7 charges under The Fire Safety Order. Patel, a former county councillor, owned premises at Rutland Street, Preston, which contained a nursery and three first floor flats. Warren Spencer, prosecuting for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service told the court that In the early hours of 9 April, 2017, a serious fire started in an electrical meter at the bottom of the single communal staircase to the flats, resulting in the occupiers having to make their escape via first floor windows. Due to the build-up of smoke and heat in flat 22a, Durga Pandy had to take the drastic action of throwing her 18-month-old child from a first-floor window into the arms of her husband on the street below. Both mother and child spent the night in hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. As a result of the fire, a further 4 occupants had had to escape via first floor windows were rescued by the fire service and members of the public after standing precariously on some signage for the ground floor nursery. Mr Spencer told the court that a fire safety inspector had...

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Feedback from Risk Assessing The Risk Assessor

Many thanks to the 30+ people who attended the ‘Risk Assessing The Risk Assessor’ seminar in High Wycombe on 5th October. The interaction and debate is always a highlight and I appreciate the feedback. Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, relaxed enjoyable atmosphere and the choice of venue was also very good. It was very good – many thanks! Really good to have the lawyer’s perspective on this subject matter. I had a lot of this covered but the relative importance and legal logic has been very helpful so that I can improve my own T&C’s and view these things from a more knowledgeable perspective. Very enjoyable and informative. Excellent content and speaker. Very well and clearly delivered given the subject and audience. Venue was good, location, access and parking. Speaker took questions and offered helpful debate. For more information on in house training please email...

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Training feedback from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Many thanks for the kind feedback below from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue following a recent two day in house training course. For more information on in house training please email “I really enjoyed Warren’s presentations. Warren has a very easy and relaxed presentation style which he uses to full effect to engage with the audience to deliver a credible legal perspective of his fire safety case law experiences. A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening two days, thank you”. “Law is a difficult subject in itself, Warren provided the required training and information on this subject in an accessible way everyone could relate to and understand.  The information provided was relevant with examples provided to put the concept into context. An enjoyable day and personally I learnt a lot form this session and information that I can immediately use”. “I thought that Warren’s knowledge was excellent – using his experience in dealing with FS law. He brought the use of relevant examples and topics.  I thought the training he gave was well paced, interesting and well structured. It catered for various experience in the room. A day refresher course each 12 months would be beneficial”. “I really enjoyed Warren’s presentation and as a new member of the team, I found he explained things in a way that made it easy to digest and relate to. He was very approachable...

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Warren Spencer

Warren Spencer

Warren Spencer is one of the country’s leading fire safety lawyers. He has now prosecuted and defended fire safety cases for over 12 years and has also conducted numerous Enforcement and Prohibition Notice Appeals brought under the Fire Safety Order. He is able to offer impartial professional expert legal advice in all aspects of fire safety enforcement.

Warren is a Higher Courts Advocate, an accreditation which enables him to work as an advocate in the Crown Court. Warren has conducted prosecutions for Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside, Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire and Wrekin Fire & Rescue Services, as well as advising businesses and professionals on various aspects of Fire Safety Law including its effect upon PFI contracts.

Warren is a part-time Tribunal Judge and in 2015 he was appointed as a 'Legally Qualified Chair' for Police Disciplinary proceedings in the North West. He is also a former Assistant Deputy Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde.

Tel: 01253 629300


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