Kevin Slack

Call 1997

slack@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Local Government and Social Housing

Kevin is a member of the specialist Regulatory Advocates Panel (List B) and is a CPS Specialist Prosecutor on the Fraud Panel (Category 3) and Serious Crime Panel (Category 3).

He has prosecuted a variety of cases on behalf of local authorities covering areas as diverse as:

  • Street trading without a licence
  • Illegal sale of alcohol to underage customers
  • Benefit fraud
  • Counterfeit DVDs
  • Infringement of Building Regulations

Kevin also has an interest in taxi licensing and has represented a number of different local authorities in relation to cases involving the regulation of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

Kevin prides himself on his attention to detail, thorough preparation and his understanding of complex issues and how to overcome them.

Local Government & Social Housing Cases

LCC v VT Ltd (2018). Defence of restaurant charged with multiple breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations relating to mice infestation at premises.

LCC v M (2018). Appeal against the decision to revoke a hackney carriage driver’s license due to conduct towards passengers in two separate incidents.

SHBC v F (2017). Responding to a sustained challenge to the decision of the local authority to immediately revoke a taxi driver’s licence on the grounds of public safety.

R v E Ltd, CT Ltd and CC Ltd (2016). A joint prosecution between the Environment Agency and a local authority involving oven cleaner that illegally re-entered the market following its recall instead of being disposed of as toxic waste. The total fines imposed exceeded £350,000.

J v LCC (2016) which concerned an appeal against the decision of the local authority to revoke a hackney carriage driver’s licence on the basis of alleged inappropriate conduct on the part of the driver towards his passenger.

SRBC v J (2015). Regulatory advice provided to local authority in relation to alleged noise nuisance, issues surrounding the wording of the abatement notice and the ambit of the best practicable means defence.

M v LCC (2015) which concerned a successful defence in the County Court to a civil claim challenging the lawfulness of the local authority charging an administration fee for adding the name of a part proprietor to a hackney carriage vehicle licence.

R v Shabina Nawaz [2015] EWCA Crim 1930. The appellant unsuccessfully sought to challenge her conviction for Housing Benefit fraud by the calling of fresh evidence before the Court of Appeal. Issues included whether the prosecution could disprove the Appellant’s claim to hold a property as bare trustee for a relative.

R v B (2013). A successful prosecution of Housing Benefit fraud perpetrated against two local authorities as well as a fraud on the DWP. The fraud totalled £120,000. The defendant was convicted in 2008 but then fled abroad. He was extradited in 2013 and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. The case attracted widespread publicity.

WBC v CM Ltd. This was a prosecution in Liverpool Crown Court on behalf of a local authority which had prosecuted a company for health and safety breaches arising out of a fatal accident at the defendant’s premises. The fine imposed was, at the time, the largest fine handed down in a health and safety prosecution brought by the local authority.

R v D and H (2012). A joint prosecution brought by the DWP and a local authority involving an alleged benefit fraud exceeding £100,000. Confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court resulted in an order for recovery of all overpaid Housing Benefit.

WBC v P (2012) A Crown court prosecution brought by a local authority involving an allegation of the illegal dumping of household waste.