3PB Barrister Sunyana Sharma secures record fine for the Maritime Coastguard Agency v Sodexo on health and safety grounds
On 18 May 2018 Sunyana Sharma secured the largest financial penalty for the Maritime Coastguard Agency ('MCA') against Sodexo Ltd in the sum of £300,000.
The Defendant Company pleaded guilty for failing to operate a passenger vessel, 'Symphony' on the River Thames, with a valid Domestic Ship Safety Management Certificate for a period of 6 weeks. During this period, it had carried approximately 10,000 passengers.
For an offence which was contrary to Regulations 6 and 10 of the Merchant Shipping (Domestic Passenger Ships)(Safety Management Code) Regulations 2001, the Chief Magistrate of Westminster Magistrates' Court, Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot also awarded £4,800 in costs and £170 victim surcharge.
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