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New Park Court Chambers

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- Legal 500 2015

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Lee Fish 2003

Lee Fish 2003

LLB (Hons) University of Newcastle upon Tyne (First Class)

Price Waterhouse Coopers Dissertation Prize

Advanced Award in Environmental Law (2008)

Specialist Regulatory Advocate in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (List B)

Level 4 Prosecutor (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel)

 

 

 

 

Lee Fish has appeared in many cases throughout the courts in the North East. He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court. He has experience of prosecuting and defending serious crime. These include homicide cases, sexual offences, serious violence and fraud. Lee also has a significant regulatory practice. Lee is on the approved list of specialist regulatory advocates in health and safety and environmental law. He has received instructions from the Environment Agency, Local Authorities, the Health and Safety Executive, the Food Standards Agency and the Marine Management Organisation.

Lee has particular expertise in advising on issues arising out of the environmental permitting regulations, waste regulation and the pollution of watercourses. He is regularly instructed by the Environment Agency in serious cases often involving applications for confiscation orders. He was recently a guest speaker at events held by the UK Environmental Law Association in Newcastle and Leeds. He has also been a guest lecturer at Newcastle University. Lee has experience of appearing before the Magistrates Court and Crown Court in relation to environmental issues. Further, he has appeared before the planning inspectorate.

Lee has experience of cases arising out of breaches of hygiene regulations and health and safety law. Lee has also been involved in cases arising out of illegal fishing activities and the exceeding of fishing quotas.

Lee has also represented interested parties at Inquests. He has appeared in Inquests arising out of road traffic accidents, deaths in custody and deaths at work. He also represented the Environment Agency at an Inquest in to the death of a man who drowned when his foot became caught in a drain during serious flooding in Hull.

NOTABLE CASES

GENERAL CRIME

R v B: Defence of care assistant who was accused of murdering one of her elderly clients in her own home. Entire prosecution case was focused upon disproving the defendant’s account that she and the deceased had been attacked by an unknown intruder. Involved expert evidence regarding the staging of a crime scene. Case also involved significant financial evidence regarding the defendant’s dire financial position.

R v S: Murder in Washington, involving the infliction of a single stab wound to the leg resulting in catastrophic blood loss and death. Defendants initially blamed each other for the killing, until one defendant accepted responsibility for inflicting the fatal wound half way through the trial. Issues in relation to joint enterprise and foreign convictions.

R v M: Defence of a cage fighter for murder. Defendant attacked with a hammer and then killed his attacker using a choke hold. Pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

R v MB: Successful defence of man charged with raping two separate women.

R v M: Successful defence of a man for historic sexual offences at the Central Criminal Court.

R v JC: Prosecution of man who stabbed his partner in the neck with a pair of scissors in front of her two young children.

R v T and P: Successful prosecution for offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. Issues relating to joint enterprise.

R v S: Successfully excluded the interview of a man with schizophrenia who confessed to a serious robbery in the absence of an appropriate adult or solicitor. Judge held that serious breaches of PACE rendered the interview inadmissible.

R v C: 15 year old defendant who was accused of various sexual offences against young people who lived in the same area. There were 4 separate complainants on the Indictment (male and female.) Successfully excluded the evidence of 4 other complainants on the basis that this would constitute satellite litigation.

R v D: Defendant charged, together with others, with facilitating sexual activity with a child. This was part of a paedophile ring and involved the defendant’s own son and his friends being taken to Spain where they were subjected to sexual abuse by other males.

R v A: Drive by shooting and violent disorder. Case turned exclusively on the evidence of an anonymous witness. Prosecution case collapsed following difficulties with the anonymous witness and disclosure.

R v NS: 17 year old defendant charged with conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life. Case arose out of an attack on Washington Police Station at the time of the London riots in Summer 2011.

R v T: Represented the wife of a former police officer who was charged with laundering the proceeds of a cigarette smuggling business. The prosecution alleged that her husband was one of the main figures in the business and she had assisted in laundering the proceeds.

R v K: Defence of an RAF trainee at a Court Martial held in Colchester. Prosecution alleged bullying and indecent behaviour by the defendant towards members of his room. Involved the cross-examination of the co-accused who gave evidence for the prosecution.

R v L: Defence of a Senior Aircraftsman at a Court Martial for making indecent images of children.

R v B: Large scale drugs conspiracy involving the commercial supply of Cocaine (Operation Banjo.)

Crann v CPS [2013] EWHC 552 (Admin): Appeal by way of case stated in relation to whether the Crown should have been allowed to amend a charge at a late stage in the proceedings after the 6 month time limit had lapsed.

REGULATORY

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

R v Mccaroll: Prosecution of man who used his parents farm for the unlawful disposal of waste.

R v Shepherd and Albert Hill Skip Hire: Leading counsel for the Crown. Case involved the prosecution of a rogue skip hire company and those running the company who were responsible for serious environmental offences. Successful prosecution, which involved complex issues of law.

R v Benson, Brough and Easy Skips (NE) Limited: Prosecution by the Environment Agency of a limited company and its directors for illegal waste offences. Prosecution for the first time applied for a confiscation order. Advised on the correct approach to the application. The result was an order for just under £250,000 against the directors of the company. This was at the time the highest order the Environment Agency had ever obtained.

R v Sealane Inshore Limited and Durham County Council: The prosecution of a local authority and an independent contractor for causing pollution. Durham County Council employed Sealane Inshore Limited to complete renovation works on a bridge. A substance from the works entered the watercourse causing pollution and death to fish.  Provided advice prior to proceedings commencing. Case involved substantial legal argument on the meaning of “causing,” strict liability and vicarious liability.

R v Dunlop, Rutherford and Bain: Instructed to prosecute a number of Defendants who were engaged in illegal fishing activities at the River Aln. The case revolved around an illegal method of fishing called “stroke hauling.” Involved expert evidence on different methods of fishing and techniques.

R v Mba and Kumar: Prosecution for offences under transfrontier shipment of waste regime. Case concerned the exportation of hazardous waste to Nigeria.

RE ES: Representing the Environment Agency in an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate following the agency’s decision to revoke an environmental permit.

OTHER REGULATORY

R v NM: Instructed by Health and Safety Executive to prosecute plumber who was undertaking gas work without qualifications. This included the issuing of gas safety certificates.

R v PB: Instructed by the Health and Safety Executive in the prosecution of a construction site supervisor following a fall from height resulting in catastrophic injuries to a worker at the site who was left in a tetraplegic condition.

R v MGM Ltd: Instructed by the Health and Safety Executive in the prosecution of a company following a fall from height at a construction site.

R v S and others: Instructed by the Marine Management Organisation in a test case, where it was argued that the prosecution was an abuse of process due to the way in which fishing quota is allocated and managed in the UK. Involved significant disclosure issues and matters of EU and domestic law. Judge found for the Crown at first instance. This was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

R v W: Prosecution of an un-discharged bankrupt being involved in the management of companies. Defendant also used prohibited company names. Bankrupt’s wife prosecuted for aiding and abetting the offence. Also instructed in confiscation proceedings where an order in the region of £120,000 was obtained following a long and complex investigation in the United Kingdom and abroad.

R v WSL: Prosecution by the Food Standards Agency of an abattoir for breaches of regulations relating to the removal of specified risk material from carcasses. Advice was provided prior to proceedings commencing.

R v IS: 2 separate prosecutions by the Food Standards Agency of a dairy owner, for breaching hygiene regulations.

INQUESTS

RE MB: Represented the Environment Agency at Inquest in to the death of a man during the floods in Hull in Summer 2007. Deceased drowned after his foot became caught in a drain, which the Environment Agency was charged with maintaining.

RE RR: Represented the family of the deceased when their daughter, a serving prisoner, committed suicide by setting herself on fire in her cell.

RE X: Represented the family of the deceased following a death at work. Inquest focused upon issues about the fitting of a safe in the back of a security van, which caused a crushing injury resulting in death.

TRAINING

Lee is a qualified advocacy trainer on the North Eastern circuit and provides training to pupils and new practitioners. He has been involved in providing advocacy training to students on the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University.

Lee Fish was a guest speaker at events held by the UK Environmental Lawyers Association in Leeds and Newcastle in July 2013. He spoke about the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and how it applies in environmental cases. Lee has also provided training to fisheries officers employed by the Environment Agency regarding identification evidence and procedure. This followed the decision to discontinue a prosecution following problems with identification evidence arising out of a failure to hold an identification parade.

Lee has attended training courses on the handling of vulnerable witnesses and handling cases involving rape and serious sexual offences. He has also recently participated in a working group at Northumbria University, which is examining the impact of part 33 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2014 will have on how expert evidence is handled in criminal cases.