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Mock Trial with AES & Arthur Cox

June 2014

AES Northern Ireland joined forces with leading law firm Arthur Cox to break the mould of staff training videos! The project won the 'Employee Engagement Award' at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards.

Davy Elliott, AES Northern Ireland

"The partnership allowed AES to meet business objectives related to CSR, staff development and community investment, both in the local communities that the business serves and its community of employees.The result of the partnershp was the production of a Corporate Manslaughter trial to demonstrate the potential tragic outcomes of not putting safety first. The idea of dramatising an incident such as this was to give insight into the possible legal consequences of a company and directors failing to recognise the importance of health and safety and Cinemagic along with Stephen Beggs helped us to bring this idea to life in a very effective manner."

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Teaming up with Cinemagic and Stephen Beggs, a video was created that would illustrate both health and safety issues in a large company as well as providing an insight into court proceedings for young lawyers and an opportunity for skills development for young filmmakers.

The concept was to stage a mock trial featuring a fictitious commercial company accused under the Corporate Manslaughter Act. The accused and witnesses were portrayed by actors under the direction of Stephen Beggs. Defence and prosecution were offered by actual QCs under the mindful eye of a real judge. From beginning to end, the live trial was filmed and edited by a team of Cinemagic young filmmakers. To top the levels of engagement, over 40 selected AES employees and industry guests were invited to serve on the jury.

Although the trial was dramatised, the experience felt incredibly real for all involved. From both a business and arts perspective, the result was a hit with viewers, dramatically bringing home the ethics of the issues concerned.

To view the film click HERE

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