Specialist London Solicitors in Fire Safety cases
At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with fire safety offences. Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.
Fire Safety regulations are governed by Article 32 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which states:
- It is an offence for any responsible person or any other person mentioned in article to:
- fail to comply with any requirement or prohibition imposed by articles 8 to 22 and 38 (fire safety duties) where that failure places one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire;
- fail to comply with any requirement or prohibition imposed by regulations made, or having effect as if made, under article 24 where that failure places one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire;
- fail to comply with any requirement imposed by article 29(3) or (4) (alterations notices);
- fail to comply with any requirement imposed by an enforcement notice;
- fail, without reasonable excuse, in relation to apparatus to which article 37 applies (luminous tube signs)—
- to ensure that such apparatus which is installed in premises complies with article 37 (3) and (4);
- to give a notice required by article 37(6) or (8), unless he establishes that some other person duly gave the notice in question;
- to comply with a notice served under article 37(9).
- It is an offence for any person to—
- fail to comply with article 23 (general duties of employees at work) where that failure places one or more relevant persons at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire;
- make in any register, book, notice or other document required to be kept, served or given by or under, this Order, an entry which he knows to be false in a material particular;
- give any information which he knows to be false in a material particular or recklessly give any information which is so false, in purported compliance with any obligation to give information to which he is subject under or by virtue of this Order, or in response to any inquiry made by virtue of article 27(1)(b);
- obstruct, intentionally, an inspector in the exercise or performance of his powers or duties under this Order;
- fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any requirements imposed by an inspector under article 27(1)(c) or (d);
- pretend, with intent to deceive, to be an inspector;
- fail to comply with the prohibition imposed by article 40 (duty not to charge employees);
- fail to comply with any prohibition or restriction imposed by a prohibition notice.
The Order applies to all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space, including:
- Offices and shops;
- Premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals;
- Community halls, places of worship and other community premises;
- The shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may also apply);
- Pubs, clubs and restaurants;
- Schools and sports centres;
- Tents and marquees;
- Hotels and hostels; and
- Factories and warehouses.
It does not apply to a person's private homes, including individual flats in a block or house.
Sentencing Guidelines for Fire Safety offences
Maximum Sentence: Fine / 2 years imprisonment