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Michael Vere-Hodge QC

Michael Vere-Hodge QC

Call 1970
Silk 1993

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Public Law & Regulatory

Michael Vere-Hodge has expertise in Regulatory law. His areas of experience include:

  • Police disciplinary hearings having served as a Police Disciplinary Tribunal Chairman
  • Firearms/shotguns: has acted in several cases involving the firearm and shotgun laws. These have included appeals to the Crown Court against the revocation of firearm/shotgun licences.
  • Health & Safety Offences
  • Professional Regulatory Disciplinary tribunals

Current Instruction

Advising a local authority on the prosecution of alleged breaches of Health and Safety legislation where a fatality has occurred at work.

Notable/recent cases


Represented a ‘whistleblower’ accused of misconduct by his member Association. Interpretation of Company Articles and Disciplinary Code. Direct Access.

2015 and earlier.

R v Matthews. Defence of a landowner charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal electrocution of a sub-contractor’s employee. The was a multi-handed case involving causation and issues of part delegation of the duty of care. All aspects of Health and Safety and Electricity Regulations involved. Defendant had severe dyslexia and undisclosed PTSD.

MCA v Serco Ltd. Prosecution of Serco Ltd on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for breaches of Merchant Shipping Regulations following the death of a deckhand on the Woolwich Ferry.

R v Marsh. Defence of a lorry driver in the Crown Court who had inadvertently failed to properly secure the stabilising arm on a lorry fitted with a hydraulic lifting device. The lorry had defects in its safety design which if fitted would have prevented the accidental extension of the arm whilst the lorry was being driven through bends in the road. The arm swung across the pavement killing a newspaper boy on his rounds. Represented driver at Trial and on Appeal against conviction and sentence.

Whilst sitting as a Recorder sentencing a company who had pleaded guilty to offences under Health and Safety legislation following a fatal accident at work. A crane driver employed by the company had extended the jib of his crane attachment to deliver a load. The site for delivery was inherently dangerous because of overhead high voltage electricity cables. The driver had been inadequately trained and the site incompletely risk assessed. The driver was electrocuted during heavy rain when the crane jib made contact with the overhead cables. Further sentencing issues arose because the company had been subsequently sold and was left without any assets with which to pay a financial penalty.

Appeal to the Crown Court against the revocation of Firearms and Shotguns certificates. Revocation based on police intelligence only. Issues of disclosure.


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October 27 2015:

Michael Vere-Hodge QC & Oliver Powell instructed in high profile MCA Prosecution more

December 12 2014:

Nigel Lickley QC prosecutes in high profile “body parts killer” trial more

April 17 2012:

£26 million MTIC Fraud Decision more

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Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Recorder authorised to try serious sexual offences
  • Bencher of Gray’s Inn
  • Legal Assessor to General Dental Council (until 2016)
  • Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (until 2016)

Professional Bodies

  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • Member of the Western Circuit Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association