Over 600 prosecutions have taken place since the Regulatory (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (The FSO) came into force in 2006. The Order dictates that where premises exist as a workplace, the Employer is usually the person, or...Read More
There are a number of potential offences contained within the Fire Safety Order (FSO), but there is only one prescribed defence available, and that is the defence of due diligence contained within article 33. The due diligence...Read More
I appreciate that investigating fire officers are not police officers, and that the investigation of potential criminal offences is not the reason why people join the fire service. Nevertheless, once a role in a fire safety or...Read More
A company which operates The Wizard pub in Nether Alderley has been prosecuted for failing to put in place adequate fire safety measures. The case against the Bispham Green Brewery Company Ltd began shortly after midnight on...Read More
Warren Spencer has surprisingly been named in the IFSEC Global “Top Influencers in Fire and Security” list for 2018, being ranked number one in the Fire industry professionals or thought leaders category. Warren is one of the...Read More
The sentencing of the owner of a prestige wedding venue to 20 months imprisonment, one of the longest sentences imposed under the Fire Safety Order, was significant in many respects. It was a case which covered many aspects of...Read More
Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report has now been published. The main recommendations relate predominantly to buildings 10 stories and higher. But what about the “direction of travel” outlined in the interim report, the issues...Read More
A reminder to all risk assessors about the Fire Risk Assessors Seminar at Preston UCLAN next week. I will be giving two presentations around Fire Risk assessor prosecutions and investigations and the Competence Register which...Read More
I have regularly been asked about the enforcement of the FSO (FSO) in specialised housing since I began dealing with fire safety cases in 2006. For the most part, very little has changed over the past 12 years and my answers to...Read More
Institution of Fire Engineers, The University of Central Lancashire & Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Date – 2nd May 2018 Registration opens at 09:30hrs, event starts at 10:00hrs until 16:00 Venue: University of...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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