Serco fined £2.25m for health and safety failure that led to Lorraine Barwell death

30 May 2023

Civil litigation partner Kate Maynard has been quoted in the media following the sentencing of Serco for a health and safety offence connected to the death of court custody officer Lorraine Barwell.

As well as fining the firm £2.25m, HHJ Baker found that had it not been for Serco’s breach of duty to its employees, Lorraine Barwell would not have died in the circumstances that she did.

Lorraine’s daughter Louise Grennan welcomed the sentence, saying: “the court recognised that the way that Serco ran its business in the cells caused mum’s death.”

Kate Maynard, who represents Lorraine Barwell’s family, described the court’s finding as “a vindication of the family’s fight for accountability”. 

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