Mock Trial Food Allergy Prosecution Event

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In the current climate face to face events have been cancelled or postponed. Research shows the likelihood of people wanting to return to such events until vaccinations are rolled out is extremely low.  With this in mind, Caroline Benjamin Founder of Food Allergy Aware has taken the decision to take their Mock Trial Food Allergy Prosecution Event’  virtual and provide an online format.

The first event held in 2019 was hailed a great success, Caroline commented, “it was a tough judgement call to go virtual, as the event involves delegate interaction and discussion as attendees deliberate over the defendant’s fate!”

Several platforms for virtual events were reviewed before the decision was made to work with McCullough Moore using PheedLoop, an interactive platform which offers a virtual conference experience.  Caroline said, “The decision was not taken lightly, but working with McCullough Moore, we believe our event is in good hands.”

Quote – McCullough Moore

We are delighted to be supporting Food Allergy Aware with this fantastic digital opportunity, providing the ability for audiences to engage with each other either in one-to-one conversations or as a group, gain expert knowledge and debate views raised in the sessions. 

 The decision to go digital will not only ensure safety, but also guarantee that the event and the essential information it offers are delivered on the dates advertised. Bringing certainty to the industry at an uncertain time, ultimately this is why we are supporting this online event.

 One feature we like with the platform we have selected is the ‘Live Presence Detector’ which shows you where anyone is at any given time, allowing for the attendees to connect anywhere on the platform – the most ‘like face to face’ feature that we have found!”

Shirley Rhodes, Event Director, McCullough Moore

The Mock Trial with Blake Morgan’s legal team including Tom Walker will explore a fictional scenario of a meal being served where the allergens are incorrectly labelled. The case will follow the legal responsibilities of each entity involved in the processes in producing and serving the food.  The case will also include the review of  purchasing ingredients, and product recall, and assessing potential high-risk issues that need to be considered as part of the concept of due diligence.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the production of the food, serving the customer, taking bookings/orders up to the point when the customer/patient walks out the door, including all aspects of our sectors, including contract catering, and in a ‘not for profit’ environment i.e. hospitals, education and care home settings.

All food supply businesses have a legal responsibility to ensure that the products they supply are correctly described and safe to consume. The costs of getting it wrong are high. Failure to control risks in food safety can result in a criminal prosecution, regardless of whether any harm has been caused or not.

This event will demonstrate to all levels of staff from the Management Team with overall responsibility for processes through to chefs and food preparation assistants that prepare the final dishes for consumption. The session will look at their personal and corporate responsibilities and how one slip up could be fatal along with legal consequences!

Sitting in the mock court will be a Judge, Defence and Prosecution barristers, the Court Clerk, and our fictional Defendant – John Basiletti – Sole Director of Airs and Graces Ltd t/a “Baby Basiletti’s”   The attendees will be the jury deliberating on the sentence in this interactive session.

In addition, we will have a variety of speakers in the second half of the session sharing their experiences and best practice in providing for those with special diets.

 Speakers include:

Ruth Holroyd from WhatAllergy will speak of her personal experiences as someone involved in a court case where she had a reaction to being served milk, resulting in a night in intensive care. The establishment responsible were prosecuted and fined £23,000.

Case studies – from Robert Kitchen, Nando’s and, Damaein Houghton of Centre Parcs – How to get it right!

Hazel Gowland, of Allergy Action and Expert Witness will go through past cases and best practices.

Arvand Thandi of Food Standards Agency speaking on Natasha’s law and what it means!

Cressida Langlands – talking about the FreeFrom market and where we are today.

This innovative event should not be missed and will be of interest to all sectors of the hospitality industry!

To find out more about the speakers click here and to register please visit – Group discounts available and limited media passes on request.


“Interesting view of proceedings in court, highlights the importance of documentation to support due diligence.  Great thinking view on penalties”

Technical Manager SAI Global

“I thought the event was excellent.  FATC took an important but extremely challenging concept and, alongside Blake Morgan, executed it superbly.  The result was an incredibly informative and compelling conference” Tom Treverton Director F2F Events

Further testimonials can be found by clicking here.


Attached images.

Additional Images available of past event

Notes to Editors.

Food Allergy Aware

Food Allergy Aware was set up by Caroline Benjamin MIH  in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength.  producing the resources for RSPH Level 2 Award in Identifying and Controlling Food Allergy Risks, creating bespoke training and working with accreditation programs to produce appropriate auditing systems, Caroline has spoken at many industry events and has judged at the Free From Eating Out & FreeFrom food awards.


Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan is a UK law firm providing a breadth of legal services across the private and public sectors with a strong regional presence across southern England and Wales. The firm has five offices: Cardiff, London, Oxford, Reading and Southampton. With a long heritage and committed client base, the firm’s partners and teams provide a depth of expertise in their key sectors. The firm has ambitious plans for growth to deliver more developed and broader services to its clients both in the south of England and Wales and more widely across the UK. The firm aims to deliver exemplary service to its clients and to make a difference through teamwork, integrity and innovation.


Media Access

A limited number of Press Passes are available please contact Caroline Benjamin for more information.


Name Business Email Tel
Caroline Benjamin MIH Food Allergy Aware 07732637292
Shirley Rhodes McCullough Moore 0208 158 0864
Emily Barnes


Blake Morgan 020 7636 736