One of the benefits of being a member of Pi Capital, is you get to meet some extraordinary people. And today I met a number of High Court judges in the Judges’ dining room at the Central Criminal Court. Afterwards, several of us sat in on different jury trials – in my case, that of the driver of a tram that had overturned in Croydon in 2016, killing seven people. The quiet word during the lunch was that the court was sympathetic to the driver, who – it later transpired – would be acquitted later in the month.
Better still, given the circumstances of the accident, the operators were fined a total of £14 million, a clear case of the system being at fault rather than the individual. It turned out that the operators had ignored several previous warnings, including a ‘near miss’ only days before the accident.