Employers who fail to protect their staff from coronavirus could face prosecution even if there are no specific laws covering their duties in a pandemic situation, leading health and safety lawyers have said.

John Cooper QC, Dominic Kay QC and Simon Antrobus QC, all barristers at Crown Office Chambers, were speaking at a seminar to discuss enforcement of Covid-19 guidance for workplaces.

Mr Antrobus said prosecutions will be inevitable: “There’s going to be a pressure to prosecute companies if there’s a cluster of cases of Covid-19 in a particular workplace, irrespective of prior enforcement notices from HSE.”

The seminar ran through which laws could provide the basis for prosecution in a court room scenario.

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