A Preston hotel owner who put the lives of his guests and tenants at risk has been given a 6 month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £38,000 in fines and costs. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service carried out an...Read More
15 fire services have now been inspected by her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), with widely variable results. My interest in these inspections is limited to the findings in...Read More
Review of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 I have defended or prosecuted over 190 cases under the Fire Safety Order since October 2006. I am a higher courts advocate, so I deal with cases before both the...Read More
Protecting the protectors: Fire proofing your contracts The seminar will cover: Case studies where fire safety suppliers have been investigated or prosecuted under the Fire Safety Order A brief overview of the law relating to...Read More
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
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