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UK-Bar Guide

Health & Safety — London (Bar)

Band 1

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A distinguished set populated by expert health and safety practitioners at both junior and silk levels, some of whom have further experience as inquest specialists, personal injury litigators and criminal lawyers. It is a go-to for major companies and private individuals facing criminal prosecutions brought by local enforcement authorities, the HSE and other government bodies. Solicitors say: "All of the counsel at the set provide a consistently high standard of advice and representation." Members have been involved in some of the most high-profile litigation of recent times, one example being the proceedings concerning the Alton Towers roller coaster crash.

Client service: The clerks, led by Andy Flanagan, are "excellent, professional, very responsive, and very proactive in dealing with matters."

SILKS

Dominic Kay QC
Handles a large volume of health and safety prosecutions, regularly undertaking corporate and individual manslaughter prosecutions for clients from various industry sectors including the retail, construction and agriculture sectors.
Strengths: "He is by far the best of the young silks in this area."
Recent work: Acted for Huntley Mount Engineering in a corporate manslaughter prosecution relating to a situation where an apprentice was killed while working on the company's premises as a result of safety interlocks on a machine being overidden.

James Ageros QC
Specialist health and safety silk handling an array of defence and prosecution work. He has a number of enviable clients including construction companies, hospitals and local authorities, which he has represented across the full spectrum of health and safety matters.
Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable on this area of law and up to date with any developments or changes."
Recent work: Acted in R v Wetton Cleaning Services Ltd and London & Southeastern Railway, a case concerning a fatal electrocution of a worker at a rail depot.

John Cooper QC
Hailed for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the health and safety and regulatory arena. He is praised for the volume of inquests and trial work he undertakes on behalf of major companies and directors.
Strengths: "He is very robust, diligent and courageous in his approach."
Recent work: Involved in a prosecution where a young worker was killed while working on a tyre that exploded.

James Maxwell-Scott QC
Advises clients in both civil and criminal matters pertaining to fatal and non-fatal accidents, and represents a wide range of clients from private individuals to large organisations. His client list includes major companies such as Serco and Siemens.
Strengths: "Excellent, informed and very helpful barrister."
Recent work: Acted for Maria Mallaband Care Group in relation to a prosecution following the death of an elderly resident due to hypothermia.

Simon Antrobus QC
Represents companies in high-profile health and safety prosecutions and corporate manslaughter cases, and is considered a go-to barrister for a long list of major corporations and private individuals. He is regularly instructed to undertake the most serious fatality cases.
Strengths: "Has a relaxed but effective advocacy style, and knowledge and experience in abundance." "Simon Antrobus is unquestionably a star individual."
Recent work: Acted for the managing director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, who was prosecuted for the manslaughter of two members of a band who were killed when doors manufactured by the company collapsed onto them.

JUNIORS

Mark Balysz
A quality health and safety law junior who defends clients in highly complex prosecutions. He is also an expert on fire safety law, representing companies and directors in breach of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Strengths: "An utterly reliable advocate with a great understanding of the law."
Recent work: Instructed in a fatality trial where an employee was crushed under a toppling skip lorry.

Mike Atkins
A leading practitioner in the criminal regulatory field who represents individuals and companies facing charges of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter.
Strengths: "Phenomenally hard-working and fights his client's corner with conviction. He has both skill and tenacity."
Recent work: Instructed to defend JC Bamford Excavators Limited in a prosecution following a serious accident at JCB’s World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.

Malcolm Galloway
Specialises exclusively in health and safety and is instructed to undertake high-profile investigations on behalf of a wide range of clients including local authorities, transport companies and multinationals. He is an expert in corporate manslaughter investigations.
Strengths: "Has excellent technical knowledge and is faultless in his case preparation."
Recent work: Instructed to defend DHL after an employee was crushed and suffered life-changing injuries at a site owned by JCB.

Julia Kendrick
Regularly receives instructions covering the full spectrum of health and safety law. He handles health and safety prosecutions arising from serious and fatal accidents, and is also regularly sought after for cases relating to food safety, fire safety and road traffic offences.
Strengths: "Excellent with clients, has a good manner in court and is on top of all the instructions."

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A respected set that tackles a variety of significant health and safety cases across a number of industries, and is particularly noted for its railway-related work. Its talented barristers are regularly called upon to defend cases brought by local authorities and the HSE (although they also prosecute such matters as well) and are praised for their depth of knowledge and expertise across the full spectrum of health and safety law. Superior client service and technical prowess are to the fore at a set that is involved in many of the leading cases in the field. Examples include the Hanover Square window frame case and the Battersea tower crane collapse, both of which were high-profile manslaughter cases.

Client service: The clerks are "very friendly, very easy to work with, and they always give the impression that you are their only client." The team is led by the highly experienced senior clerk John White.

SILKS

Prashant Popat QC
An esteemed silk specialising in health and safety and product liability cases, who regularly acts in high-profile corporate and individual manslaughter prosecutions. His list of clients includes large corporates such as BT and Thames Water, fire services and local government authorities.
Strengths: "A barrister whose attention to detail is extraordinary. He always knows precisely what is required in a case."
Recent work: Involved in a gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety prosecution case regarding a window frame that collapsed in Hanover Square, Westminster.

Oliver Campbell QC
A revered silk who has a fine reputation in the health and safety field and is involved in high-profile cases. He is an expert in fatal accident and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "Bright, articulate and persuasive." "His written submissions and oral advocacy are all very much to the point."
Recent work: Involved in a prosecution following a crane collapse in Battersea in which two people were killed. Both the company and its managing director were prosecuted.

Toby Riley-Smith QC
An experienced litigator who is regularly called upon to represent multinational corporations and government bodies. He is also highly expert at undertaking large group actions and has played a role in both the Tobacco Litigation and the MMR Vaccine Litigation.
Strengths: "Very responsive and empathetic. He listens closely to what the client has to say."
Recent work: Acted for an employer of a warehouseman who was killed at work by a falling bale of recycled plastic.

Charles Gibson QC
Represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries, and has a particular interest in the railway and emergency services sectors.
Strengths: "A very intelligent and practical leader whose advice is clear, succinct and commercial."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-profile health and safety prosecution arising out of the injuries suffered by Harrison Ford while filming 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', when he was struck by a fast-closing door on a set constructed to appear as the Millennium Falcon.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

2 Bedford Row boasts highly acclaimed barristers who undertake a large portfolio of high-profile health and safety cases. Members of this set are respected criminal advocates who boast extensive knowledge and experience of health and safety law. They are instructed to prosecute and defend cases on behalf of major corporate and individual clients, and regularly act in corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. The team also have particular expertise in cases relating to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Client service: The clerks "navigate a heavy workload in an organised and attentive fashion." John Grimmer is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Richard Matthews QC
An impressive silk with a wealth of experience in the health and safety sector, who undertakes cases spanning the full breadth of regulatory and criminal health and safety cases. He has represented international corporations and individuals as well as FTSE companies such as AMEC Group and Walkers, in investigations and prosecutions brought by the HSE.
Strengths: "One of the pioneers in the health and safety field" and "a first port of call for anything high-profile and complicated."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-profile case involving the death of a lawyer who was crushed to death after three windows weighing half a tonne landed on her.

Jim Sturman QC
An advocate with an enviable reputation, who defends large companies in connection with health and safety matters, many of which involve fatalities.
Strengths: "He fires from the hip and he is fearless."
Recent work: Acted in R v Rooftop Rooms & Andrew Voy, a case concerning a 16 year old apprentice who fell and died when working on a loft conversion.

JUNIORS

Eleanor Sanderson
Prosecutes and defends severe non-fatal cases, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. She is also highly expert at representing clients in inquests.
Strengths: "An outstanding regulatory lawyer who has a superb brain and is very bright and engaging."
Recent work: Junior counsel instructed to act for a global internet company in proceedings brought by the Civil Aviation Authority for breaches of dangerous goods regulations. The case concerned the carriage of lithium batteries and aerosols.

Andrew McGee
Acts for both the prosecution and the defence in an array of complex criminal and regulatory cases within the remit of health and safety. He is also an expert at handling gross negligence manslaughter allegations.
Strengths: "A very good lawyer with a pragmatic approach to dealing with difficult problems whose analysis of the law is excellent."
Recent work: Prosecuted a gross negligence manslaughter case involving a six year old girl crushed to death by an automated gate.

Shauna Ritchie
Handles health and safety law along with a diet of general criminal matters. She is regularly instructed to undertake both prosecution and defence matters involving fatal and non-fatal incidents.
Strengths: "Her advocacy skills are very good, and she is always willing to fight the client's corner."
Recent work: Acted in an extremely high-profile case involving the death of a lawyer who was crushed to death after three windows weighing half a tonne landed on her.

Quentin Hunt
Instructed in both the prosecution and defence of investigations and prosecutions arising out of fatal and non-fatal accidents. He represents companies, individuals and government bodies under investigation by regulatory bodies or the police.
Strengths: "Very good, well organised and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Prosecuted a nationwide tyre-fitting company in respect of an accident involving the explosion of a very large earthmover tyre. The accident resulted in the death of an employee of the company.

Craig Rush
Handles an array of regulatory matters and has been instructed in numerous health and safety cases across a range of sectors. He is also regularly called upon to undertake complex cases for the Care Quality Commission and HSE.
Recent work: Involved in a case where a young worker was struck by a piece of concrete which fell from the bucket of an excavator striking his head and causing fatal injuries.

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Band 2

Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Outer Temple Chambers has quality barristers who are highly expert in defending cases across all areas of health and safety law. They receive instructions in both civil and criminal matters arising from serious and fatal incidents, and are applauded for their impressive courtroom advocacy. Individuals at the set regularly appear in health and safety cases of the utmost severity and complexity.

Client service: The clerks receive praise for their service - "they always deal with queries promptly and do what they say they’ll do." Graham Woods is the business development director of the health team at the set.

SILKS

Ben Compton QC
A heavyweight practitioner who is instructed in major disaster cases, representing company directors and corporate defendants. He has an enviable clientele of leading construction companies, retailers and corporations.
Strengths: "He has an excellent manner with clients, is calm in difficult situations and manfully strives to ensure that he achieves the best results for clients." "He is very knowledgeable, very experienced and a crisp and clear advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the owner of Grittenham Haulage, who was charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter after a lorry he owned crashed and killed four people. The case turned on expert evidence relating to the condition of the lorry.

JUNIORS

James Leonard
Frequently leads in highly complex health and safety cases, acting on behalf of large multinational corporates and company directors. His areas of expertise also include workplace fatalities and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "Very focused and strategically minded." "He has a phenomenal encyclopaedic knowledge."
Recent work: Acted in a three-week inquest into the death of an electricity worker in Cornwall.

Robert Dickason
A leading practitioner who demonstrates particular expertise in health and safety law, and has appeared in some of the most high-profile cases, representing large conglomerates, public authorities and small businesses. His practice encompasses the full range of contentious and advisory work.
Strengths: "Very personable, calm and thorough. He is confident and very genuine with the clients."
Recent work: Involved in a fatal electrocution at a working farm when the deceased’s vehicle came into contact with an overhead power line.

Paul Rogers
Handles a large volumes of cases on behalf of individuals and company directors facing prosecution for health and safety offences involving serious injury or fatalities. His clients include building contractors, ferry operators and manufacturers.
Strengths: "He is really exceptional, works incredibly hard and has a very intelligent understanding of cases."
Recent work: Defended SERCO in relation to the death of a 19 year old crew member who was pulled off the Woolwich Free Ferry by a trapped mooring rope resulting in him striking a mooring buoy and sustaining severe head injuries and drowning.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Six Pump Court has an experienced group of practitioners who regularly handle cases on behalf of both regulator and regulated. Clients include the HSE, the Food Standards Agency and a whole host of companies in the industrial, transport, care and energy sectors, to name but a few. Its members act in criminal regulatory matters and also related proceedings such as judicial reviews and civil claims, and have had involvement in some of the major disaster and fatality cases of recent years including those matters arising out of Hillsborough, Buncefield and the Potters Bar rail disaster. The set is notable for being the only chambers in the UK with two nominated Standing Counsel to the HSE, and can also claim to have a further nine members on the Regulatory List.

Client service: "They have the most brilliant senior clerk, Richard Constable, who gives you a personal service. He looks after you and your client to the very best of his ability."

SILKS

David Travers QC
Well-regarded silk who has handled a number of leading regulatory cases within the field. He routinely defends prosecutions relating to fatal accident cases occurring in the workplace.
Strengths: "Meticulously prepares his cases, has great client skills and is a good team player. A first choice for heavyweight cases."
Recent work: David Travers QC acted for the National Childbirth Trust charity at an inquest into the death of a baby. The baby had tragically died in a cot which had been co-branded by the charity.

Stephen Hockman QC
Conducts defence work for major corporate clients in complex prosecutions often involving serious injuries or fatalities. His list of high-profile clients includes TOTAL UK.
Strengths: "A man of great courtesy who has a wonderful demeanour. He takes on board the client's and instructing solicitor's views and his delivery is beyond good."
Recent work: Acted in a prosecution brought by the local authority for health and safety offences arising from electrical work at the London Olympics.

Mark Watson QC
A specialist in regulatory matters who represents defendants facing prosecution for corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter. He is an expert at handling cases arising from rail disasters and significant accidents.
Strengths: "Hard-working, knowledgeable, meticulous and a good advocate." "A robust advocate who fights hard to ensure the best results for his clients."
Recent work: Defended a company and its director in a case concerning a children’s adventure park. An 11 year old child died when falling from a newly opened and safety assessed zip wire.

JUNIORS

Pascal Bates
An astute practitioner with a significant civil/regulatory law practice. He regularly prosecutes on behalf of local authorities and the HSE.
Strengths: "He is ferociously bright and extraordinarily hard-working."
Recent work: Advised on a large HSE prosecution involving four deaths. The case arose from significant failures of duty regarding several types of serious and known risks.

Lee Bennett
The majority of his busy practice is devoted to defending large rail corporations, local authorities and the HSE in regulatory matters pertaining to serious and fatal accidents within the workplace. He is also highly expert at conducting cases under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Strengths: "He is a man with impeccable judgement and huge experience in health and safety matters."
Recent work: Acted in a prosecution brought by the HSE in respect of a deep unsupported excavation used in the construction of luxury apartments on the Isle of Wight.

Mark Harris
An esteemed junior who has significant expertise across the whole spectrum of health and safety law. He devotes much of his practice to regulatory work, undertaking cases relating to waste management and pollution control.
Strengths: "He is calm, very cerebral and has a good light touch."
Recent work: Represented Sembcorp in a prosecution arising from a serious, life-changing accident which occurred when a boiler was being pressure tested.

Gordon Menzies
Acts for a number of clients in various sectors including including the aviation, retail and construction industries. He frequently advises on prosecutions relating to the provision of care.
Strengths: "Gordon is very approachable and very knowledgeable. He has an in-depth knowledge of the law and is fully au fait with technical matters which arise in health and safety prosecutions."
Recent work: Instructed in a prosecution arising out of unsafe practices adopted by the defendants when carrying out roof replacement work which led to one of the workers falling 25 feet into the warehouse below.

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Band 2

Temple Garden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A distinguished set that is home to a talented group of barristers who possess extensive knowledge of the law. Members are sought out to undertake all aspects of health and safety law and advise public bodies, corporations, government bodies and individuals in relation to enforcement proceedings, compliance and prosecutions. Members of the set are consistently sought out to handle some of the most significant prosecutions involving major clients such as Balfour Beatty and University Hospital Southampton.

Client service: The clerks are commended for their all-round service - "they are willing to help and always suggest suitable alternatives if the barrister you request is not available." Dean Norton is the senior clerk leading the team.

SILKS

Keith Morton QC
Has extensive experience within this field of law, exclusively acting on behalf of defendants in the most complex of health and safety cases. He is also adept at undertaking inquest work and public inquiries.
Strengths: "Very easy to work with and has a tremendous grasp of health and safety law. He is a superb tactician and knows how best to secure a desired outcome."
Recent work: Instructed in a case where Lynch Plant Hire was prosecuted following a serious accident resulting in life-changing injuries. The case concerned the driver of a flat bed lorry who sustained injuries when the lorry's tailgate fell on him.

JUNIORS

Dominic Adamson
A leading junior who represents individuals and companies across a wide range of sectors including the construction, healthcare and rail industries. He has acted in landmark public disaster cases such as Hillsborough and the Ladbroke Grove rail crash.
Strengths: "A very sound, solid junior who is hard-working, good on his feet and excellent with clients."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a defendant in a case concerning two incidents which resulted in injuries to the fingers of employees.

Fiona Canby
An established health and safety lawyer who specialises in high-profile inquest work. She has been instructed in a list of high-profile inquests including the Vauxhall helicopter inquest and the Shoreham inquest.
Strengths: "She is an impressive operator who knows her law and is very well prepared."
Recent work: Instructed to act for an individual in an inquest following the death of a child at a playground.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

2 Hare Court is a distinguished criminal set that is instructed in health and safety matters by company directors and an array of corporate clients facing prosecution by regulators and enforcement bodies including the HSE and local authorities. Members of the set are experienced across various industry sectors and regularly undertake work in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Recent work highlights include the Hugo Boss Bicester Village mirror case and the Monavon Construction corporate manslaughter case.

Client service: The clerks are under the leadership of Julian Campbell, the director of clerking, a highly revered senior clerk who maintains a fine reputation in the market.

SILKS

Jonathan Laidlaw QC
Expert advocate, lauded for his breadth of expertise in health and safety cases, public inquiries and inquests. He defends companies and directors in regulatory, disciplinary and professional matters, and regularly acts for those facing prosecution by the HSE.
Strengths: "A man of great authority whose preparation is immaculate. He's a stickler for detail and picks up the important minutiae of a case."
Recent work: Instructed in a case where Hugo Boss was charged with breaches of health and safety legislation following the death of a four year old child at their Bicester Village store. The child was crushed by a falling mirror.

JUNIORS

James Buchanan
Recognised for his involvement in complicated health and safety cases, predominantly those relating to workplace accidents. He acts for clients in various sectors including the construction and transport industries.
Strengths: "Very good with clients, very down-to-earth and very approachable. He's brilliant with clients."
Recent work: Involved in a case where a specialist vehicle recovery company was charged in connection with the death of an employee. The employee was crushed to death in front of co-workers following the collapse of the top deck of a transporter.

Craig Ferguson
An expert defence practitioner who represents corporate bodies and professional individuals in fatal accident cases. He has significant experience in a range of sectors including the oil and gas, transport and construction industries.
Strengths: "Clients love him for his ability to humanise himself. He talks to them very casually and gets his message across clearly."
Recent work: Involved in a corporate manslaughter case arising out of the deaths of a British Transport Police Officer and his boyfriend who were involved in a fight with one another outside a construction site near Regents Park.

Alexandra Tampakopoulos
Handles a diverse caseload of regulatory work and acts for the defence in highly complex health and safety cases. She also appears in high-profile inquests.
Strengths: "Fantastically good with clients and super helpful. Her advocacy is great."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the lifeguard on duty at the time when a man died in a swimming pool. The deceased had fallen unconscious and remained underwater for several minutes undetected.

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Band 3

3 Raymond Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A pre-eminent criminal set with a strong reputation in the health and safety market. Members are held in high regard by clients and are routinely sought out by individuals, regulators and regulated companies from various sectors such as the retail, construction and transport industries. They regularly undertake the most complex cases and tackle a large number of high-profile inquests predominantly relating to serious workplace accidents and fatalities.

Client service: The set has "a really good, proactive clerking service" led by senior clerk Eddie Holland.

SILKS

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC
Instructed by public agencies and regulatory bodies such as the Office of Rail and Road and the HSE to prosecute individuals and corporate bodies in complicated health and safety cases.
Strengths: "Very able and sensible, he has a very nice style and manner."
Recent work: Acted in the prosecution of a local authority whose poor planning of road maintenance works resulted in the death of a member of the public.

Stephen Walsh QC
Manages a broad regulatory practice which encompasses health and safety law as well as food safety matters. He acts for both the defence and the prosecution, advising individual clients and corporate bodies in cases relating to fatal accidents and serious injuries.
Strengths: "He is on top of his game, very user-friendly and always available."
Recent work: Represented the London Fire Brigade in the prosecution of a London borough arising from a major fire in a council tower block.

JUNIORS

Saba Naqshbandi
Well-regarded practitioner who undertakes a range of health and safety cases. She is particularly adept at handling fire safety cases, and has appeared in high-profile matters such as the one relating to the New Look fire disaster.
Strengths: "Precise and persistent as an advocate. You can just depend on her for the right view. Sometimes counsel get bogged down, but she can stand back and see the case for what it is."
Recent work: Advised and represented the HSE in the prosecution of an individual for breach of health and safety regulations following the death of an individual worker who was crushed and died.

Sarah Le Fevre
Recognised for her health and safety practice, she represents a long list of regulatory authorities such as the HSE and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. She has most recently been instructed in numerous prosecutions and inquests by the Office of Rail Regulation.
Strengths: "She's tenacious, very knowledgeable and someone with excellent judgement."
Recent work: Instructed by the HSE in the inquest and anticipated criminal proceedings under the HSWA 74 in respect of the death of Francesca Whyatt at the flagship Priory premises at Roehampton.

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Star Individuals

Richard Matthews QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Matthews QC 
An impressive silk with a wealth of experience in the health and safety sector, who undertakes cases spanning the full breadth of regulatory and criminal health and safety cases. He has represented international corporations and individuals as well as FTSE companies such as AMEC Group and Walkers, in investigations and prosecutions brought by the HSE.
Strengths: "One of the pioneers in the health and safety field" and "a first port of call for anything high-profile and complicated."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-profile case involving the death of a lawyer who was crushed to death after three windows weighing half a tonne landed on her.

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Band 1

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Ageros QC 
Specialist health and safety silk handling an array of defence and prosecution work. He has a number of enviable clients including construction companies, hospitals and local authorities, which he has represented across the full spectrum of health and safety matters.
Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable on this area of law and up to date with any developments or changes."
Recent work: Acted in R v Wetton Cleaning Services Ltd and London & Southeastern Railway, a case concerning a fatal electrocution of a worker at a rail depot.

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Band 1

Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Compton QC
A heavyweight practitioner who is instructed in major disaster cases, representing company directors and corporate defendants. He has an enviable clientele of leading construction companies, retailers and corporations.
Strengths: "He has an excellent manner with clients, is calm in difficult situations and manfully strives to ensure that he achieves the best results for clients." "He is very knowledgeable, very experienced and a crisp and clear advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the owner of Grittenham Haulage, who was charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter after a lorry he owned crashed and killed four people. The case turned on expert evidence relating to the condition of the lorry.

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Band 1

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Cooper QC 
Hailed for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the health and safety and regulatory arena. He is praised for the volume of inquests and trial work he undertakes on behalf of major companies and directors.
Strengths: "He is very robust, diligent and courageous in his approach."
Recent work: Involved in a prosecution where a young worker was killed while working on a tyre that exploded.

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Band 1

Adrian Darbishire QC

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Darbishire QC of QEB Hollis Whiteman
A renowned practitioner who represents companies facing prosecution for corporate manslaughter. His other areas of expertise include fraud, professional misconduct and cases relating to health and safety breaches.
Strengths: "Effortlessly comprehends the most complex cases and delivers beautifully in court."
Recent work: Defended a managing director charged with two counts of manslaughter following the collapse of an industrial door at a theatre venue in Guildford, killing two men from the band Fisherman’s Friends.

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Band 1

Richard Lissack QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Lissack QC of Fountain Court Chambers 
An expert practitioner boasting specialist expertise across a range of legal sectors including health and safety, professional discipline and regulatory law. He is sought out to undertake high-profile cases of the utmost severity.
Strengths: "A man of great poise, judgement and gravitas who can explain matters lucidly to the client in a very personable manner."
Recent work: Involved in the prosecution of the largest gas exploration company in the world. The case arose from an offshore incident at the principal point of gas landing into the UK.

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Band 1

Temple Garden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Keith Morton QC
Has extensive experience within this field of law, exclusively acting on behalf of defendants in the most complex of health and safety cases. He is also adept at undertaking inquest work and public inquiries.
Strengths: "Very easy to work with and has a tremendous grasp of health and safety law. He is a superb tactician and knows how best to secure a desired outcome."
Recent work: Instructed in a case where Lynch Plant Hire was prosecuted following a serious accident resulting in life-changing injuries. The case concerned the driver of a flat bed lorry who sustained injuries when the lorry's tailgate fell on him.

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Band 1

Prashant Popat QC

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Prashant Popat QC 
An esteemed silk specialising in health and safety and product liability cases, who regularly acts in high-profile corporate and individual manslaughter prosecutions. His list of clients includes large corporates such as BT and Thames Water, fire services and local government authorities. 
Strengths: "A barrister whose attention to detail is extraordinary. He always knows precisely what is required in a case."
Recent work: Involved in a gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety prosecution case regarding a window frame that collapsed in Hanover Square, Westminster.

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Band 1

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jim Sturman QC 
An advocate with an enviable reputation, who defends large companies in connection with health and safety matters, many of which involve fatalities. 
Strengths: "He fires from the hip and he is fearless."
Recent work: Acted in R v Rooftop Rooms & Andrew Voy, a case concerning a 16 year old apprentice who fell and died when working on a loft conversion.

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Band 2

Oliver Campbell QC

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Campbell QC 
A revered silk who has a fine reputation in the health and safety field and is involved in high-profile cases. He is an expert in fatal accident and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "Bright, articulate and persuasive." "His written submissions and oral advocacy are all very much to the point."
Recent work: Involved in a prosecution following a crane collapse in Battersea in which two people were killed. Both the company and its managing director were prosecuted.

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Band 2

Jonathan Caplan QC

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Caplan QC of 5 Paper Buildings 
Praised for his adept command of briefs, he is regularly sought out to represent directors, individuals and companies from a broad spectrum of sectors including the rail, construction and transport industries.
Strengths: "One of the great tacticians, and shows incredible skill in his written arguments."
Recent work: Involved in the successful prosecution of a crane hire company for failing to maintain a tower crane which collapsed and killed two people.

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Band 2

Jonathan Laidlaw QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Laidlaw QC
Expert advocate, lauded for his breadth of expertise in health and safety cases, public inquiries and inquests. He defends companies and directors in regulatory, disciplinary and professional matters, and regularly acts for those facing prosecution by the HSE.
Strengths: "A man of great authority whose preparation is immaculate. He's a stickler for detail and picks up the important minutiae of a case."
Recent work: Instructed in a case where Hugo Boss was charged with breaches of health and safety legislation following the death of a four year old child at their Bicester Village store. The child was crushed by a falling mirror.

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Band 2

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Travers QC
Well-regarded silk who has handled a number of leading regulatory cases within the field. He routinely defends prosecutions relating to fatal accident cases occurring in the workplace.
Strengths: "Meticulously prepares his cases, has great client skills and is a good team player. A first choice for heavyweight cases."
Recent work: David Travers QC acted for the National Childbirth Trust charity at an inquest into the death of a baby. The baby had tragically died in a cot which had been co-branded by the charity.

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Band 3

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC

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3 Raymond Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC 
Instructed by public agencies and regulatory bodies such as the Office of Rail and Road and the HSE to prosecute individuals and corporate bodies in complicated health and safety cases.
Strengths: "Very able and sensible, he has a very nice style and manner."
Recent work: Acted in the prosecution of a local authority whose poor planning of road maintenance works resulted in the death of a member of the public.

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Band 3

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gerard Forlin QC of Cornerstone Barristers
An established silk who has expert knowledge and undertakes complex health and safety cases, many of which concern fatalities. He is regularly in demand and appears in the most difficult of inquests. 
Strengths: "An entertaining character with excellent interpersonal skills."
Recent work: Acted for Lockheed Martin after a contractor fell 11 metres from the roof of a factory. 

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Band 3

Charles Gibson QC

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Gibson QC
Represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries, and has a particular interest in the railway and emergency services sectors. 
Strengths: "A very intelligent and practical leader whose advice is clear, succinct and commercial."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-profile health and safety prosecution arising out of the injuries suffered by Harrison Ford while filming 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', when he was struck by a fast-closing door on a set constructed to appear as the Millennium Falcon.

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Band 3

Stephen Hockman QC

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Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Hockman QC
Conducts defence work for major corporate clients in complex prosecutions often involving serious injuries or fatalities. His list of high-profile clients includes TOTAL UK.
Strengths: "A man of great courtesy who has a wonderful demeanour. He takes on board the client's and instructing solicitor's views and his delivery is beyond good."
Recent work: Acted in a prosecution brought by the local authority for health and safety offences arising from electrical work at the London Olympics.

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Band 3

James Maxwell-Scott QC

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Maxwell-Scott QC
Advises clients in both civil and criminal matters pertaining to fatal and non-fatal accidents, and represents a wide range of clients from private individuals to large organisations. His client list includes major companies such as Serco and Siemens.
Strengths: "Excellent, informed and very helpful barrister."
Recent work: Acted for Maria Mallaband Care Group in relation to a prosecution following the death of an elderly resident due to hypothermia.

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Band 3

Toby Riley-Smith QC

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Riley-Smith QC 
An experienced litigator who is regularly called upon to represent multinational corporations and government bodies. He is also highly expert at undertaking large group actions and has played a role in both the Tobacco Litigation and the MMR Vaccine Litigation.
Strengths: "Very responsive and empathetic. He listens closely to what the client has to say."
Recent work: Acted for an employer of a warehouseman who was killed at work by a falling bale of recycled plastic.

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Band 3

Stephen Walsh QC

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3 Raymond Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Walsh QC 
Manages a broad regulatory practice which encompasses health and safety law as well as food safety matters. He acts for both the defence and the prosecution, advising individual clients and corporate bodies in cases relating to fatal accidents and serious injuries.
Strengths: "He is on top of his game, very user-friendly and always available."
Recent work: Represented the London Fire Brigade in the prosecution of a London borough arising from a major fire in a council tower block.

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Simon Antrobus QC

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Antrobus QC
Represents companies in high-profile health and safety prosecutions and corporate manslaughter cases, and is considered a go-to barrister for a long list of major corporations and private individuals. He is regularly instructed to undertake the most serious fatality cases.
Strengths: "Has a relaxed but effective advocacy style, and knowledge and experience in abundance." "Simon Antrobus is unquestionably a star individual."
Recent work: Acted for the managing director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, who was prosecuted for the manslaughter of two members of a band who were killed when doors manufactured by the company collapsed onto them.

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New Silk

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dominic Kay QC 
Handles a large volume of health and safety prosecutions, regularly undertaking corporate and individual manslaughter prosecutions for clients from various industry sectors including the retail, construction and agriculture sectors.
Strengths: "He is by far the best of the young silks in this area."
Recent work: Acted for Huntley Mount Engineering in a corporate manslaughter prosecution relating to a situation where an apprentice was killed while working on the company's premises as a result of safety interlocks on a machine being overidden.

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New Silk

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Watson QC
A specialist in regulatory matters who represents defendants facing prosecution for corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter. He is an expert at handling cases arising from rail disasters and significant accidents.
Strengths: "Hard-working, knowledgeable, meticulous and a good advocate." "A robust advocate who fights hard to ensure the best results for his clients."
Recent work: Defended a company and its director in a case concerning a children’s adventure park. An 11 year old child died when falling from a newly opened and safety assessed zip wire.

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Band 1

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Balysz 
A quality health and safety law junior who defends clients in highly complex prosecutions. He is also an expert on fire safety law, representing companies and directors in breach of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. 
Strengths: "An utterly reliable advocate with a great understanding of the law."
Recent work: Instructed in a fatality trial where an employee was crushed under a toppling skip lorry.

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Band 1

Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Leonard 
Frequently leads in highly complex health and safety cases, acting on behalf of large multinational corporates and company directors. His areas of expertise also include workplace fatalities and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "Very focused and strategically minded." "He has a phenomenal encyclopaedic knowledge."
Recent work: Acted in a three-week inquest into the death of an electricity worker in Cornwall.

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Band 2

Temple Garden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dominic Adamson 
A leading junior who represents individuals and companies across a wide range of sectors including the construction, healthcare and rail industries. He has acted in landmark public disaster cases such as Hillsborough and the Ladbroke Grove rail crash. 
Strengths: "A very sound, solid junior who is hard-working, good on his feet and excellent with clients."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a defendant in a case concerning two incidents which resulted in injuries to the fingers of employees.

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Band 2

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mike Atkins
A leading practitioner in the criminal regulatory field who represents individuals and companies facing charges of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter.
Strengths: "Phenomenally hard-working and fights his client's corner with conviction. He has both skill and tenacity."
Recent work: Instructed to defend JC Bamford Excavators Limited in a prosecution following a serious accident at JCB’s World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.

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Band 2

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Pascal Bates 
An astute practitioner with a significant civil/regulatory law practice. He regularly prosecutes on behalf of local authorities and the HSE.
Strengths: "He is ferociously bright and extraordinarily hard-working."
Recent work: Advised on a large HSE prosecution involving four deaths. The case arose from significant failures of duty regarding several types of serious and known risks.

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Band 2

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lee Bennett
The majority of his busy practice is devoted to defending large rail corporations, local authorities and the HSE in regulatory matters pertaining to serious and fatal accidents within the workplace. He is also highly expert at conducting cases under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Strengths: "He is a man with impeccable judgement and huge experience in health and safety matters."
Recent work: Acted in a prosecution brought by the HSE in respect of a deep unsupported excavation used in the construction of luxury apartments on the Isle of Wight.

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Band 2

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Buchanan
Recognised for his involvement in complicated health and safety cases, predominantly those relating to workplace accidents. He acts for clients in various sectors including the construction and transport industries.
Strengths: "Very good with clients, very down-to-earth and very approachable. He's brilliant with clients." 
Recent work: Involved in a case where a specialist vehicle recovery company was charged in connection with the death of an employee. The employee was crushed to death in front of co-workers following the collapse of the top deck of a transporter.

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Band 2

Temple Garden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fiona Canby 
An established health and safety lawyer who specialises in high-profile inquest work. She has been instructed in a list of high-profile inquests including the Vauxhall helicopter inquest and the Shoreham inquest. 
Strengths: "She is an impressive operator who knows her law and is very well prepared."
Recent work: Instructed to act for an individual in an inquest following the death of a child at a playground.

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Band 2

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Malcolm Galloway
Specialises exclusively in health and safety and is instructed to undertake high-profile investigations on behalf of a wide range of clients including local authorities, transport companies and multinationals. He is an expert in corporate manslaughter investigations. 
Strengths: "Has excellent technical knowledge and is faultless in his case preparation."
Recent work: Instructed to defend DHL after an employee was crushed and suffered life-changing injuries at a site owned by JCB.

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Band 2

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Harris 
An esteemed junior who has significant expertise across the whole spectrum of health and safety law. He devotes much of his practice to regulatory work, undertaking cases relating to waste management and pollution control.
Strengths: "He is calm, very cerebral and has a good light touch."
Recent work: Represented Sembcorp in a prosecution arising from a serious, life-changing accident which occurred when a boiler was being pressure tested.

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Band 2

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Deanna Heer of 5 Paper Buildings 
Elicits praise for her extensive knowledge and expertise in health and safety law. She appears in high-profile prosecutions on behalf of individuals and corporations dealing with fatalities or serious injuries.
Strengths: "One of the leading prosecutors, who is very experienced. She is very talented."
Recent work: Involved in the successful prosecution of a crane hire company for failing to maintain a tower crane which collapsed and killed two people.

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Band 2

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew McGee 
Acts for both the prosecution and the defence in an array of complex criminal and regulatory cases within the remit of health and safety. He is also an expert at handling gross negligence manslaughter allegations.
Strengths: "A very good lawyer with a pragmatic approach to dealing with difficult problems whose analysis of the law is excellent."
Recent work: Prosecuted a gross negligence manslaughter case involving a six year old girl crushed to death by an automated gate.

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Band 2

Saba Naqshbandi

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3 Raymond Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Saba Naqshbandi 
Well-regarded practitioner who undertakes a range of health and safety cases. She is particularly adept at handling fire safety cases, and has appeared in high-profile matters such as the one relating to the New Look fire disaster.
Strengths: "Precise and persistent as an advocate. You can just depend on her for the right view. Sometimes counsel get bogged down, but she can stand back and see the case for what it is."
Recent work: Advised and represented the HSE in the prosecution of an individual for breach of health and safety regulations following the death of an individual worker who was crushed and died.

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Band 2

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shauna Ritchie 
Handles health and safety law along with a diet of general criminal matters. She is regularly instructed to undertake both prosecution and defence matters involving fatal and non-fatal incidents.
Strengths: "Her advocacy skills are very good, and she is always willing to fight the client's corner."
Recent work: Acted in an extremely high-profile case involving the death of a lawyer who was crushed to death after three windows weighing half a tonne landed on her.

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Band 2

Eleanor Sanderson

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Eleanor Sanderson 
Prosecutes and defends severe non-fatal cases, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. She is also highly expert at representing clients in inquests. 
Strengths: "An outstanding regulatory lawyer who has a superb brain and is very bright and engaging."
Recent work: Junior counsel instructed to act for a global internet company in proceedings brought by the Civil Aviation Authority for breaches of dangerous goods regulations. The case concerned the carriage of lithium batteries and aerosols.

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Band 3

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Miles Bennett of 5 Paper Buildings 
An advocate with a growing reputation in the market for his courtroom prowess and health and safety expertise. He is routinely instructed in high-profile inquests, representing doctors, directors, companies and hospital trusts.
Strengths: "Commits wholeheartedly to a case and is an ideas man. You certainly don't forget him."
Recent work: Defended a director charged with gross negligence manslaughter. The case concerned a death on a building site arising from a collapsed trench.

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Band 3

Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Dickason 
A leading practitioner who demonstrates particular expertise in health and safety law, and has appeared in some of the most high-profile cases, representing large conglomerates, public authorities and small businesses. His practice encompasses the full range of contentious and advisory work.
Strengths: "Very personable, calm and thorough. He is confident and very genuine with the clients."
Recent work: Involved in a fatal electrocution at a working farm when the deceased’s vehicle came into contact with an overhead power line.

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Band 3

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Ferguson 
An expert defence practitioner who represents corporate bodies and professional individuals in fatal accident cases. He has significant experience in a range of sectors including the oil and gas, transport and construction industries.
Strengths: "Clients love him for his ability to humanise himself. He talks to them very casually and gets his message across clearly."
Recent work: Involved in a corporate manslaughter case arising out of the deaths of a British Transport Police Officer and his boyfriend who were involved in a fight with one another outside a construction site near Regents Park.

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Band 3

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Quentin Hunt 
Instructed in both the prosecution and defence of investigations and prosecutions arising out of fatal and non-fatal accidents. He represents companies, individuals and government bodies under investigation by regulatory bodies or the police.
Strengths: "Very good, well organised and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Prosecuted a nationwide tyre-fitting company in respect of an accident involving the explosion of a very large earthmover tyre. The accident resulted in the death of an employee of the company.

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Band 3

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julia Kendrick 
Regularly receives instructions covering the full spectrum of health and safety law. He handles health and safety prosecutions arising from serious and fatal accidents, and is also regularly sought after for cases relating to food safety, fire safety and road traffic offences. 
Strengths: "Excellent with clients, has a good manner in court and is on top of all the instructions."

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Band 3

3 Raymond Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Le Fevre
Recognised for her health and safety practice, she represents a long list of regulatory  authorities such as the HSE and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. She has most recently been instructed in numerous prosecutions and inquests by the Office of Rail Regulation.
Strengths: "She's tenacious, very knowledgeable and someone with excellent judgement."
Recent work: Instructed by the HSE in the inquest and anticipated criminal proceedings under the HSWA 74 in respect of the death of Francesca Whyatt at the flagship Priory premises at Roehampton.

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Band 3

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sailesh Mehta of Red Lion Chambers 
Both prosecutes and defends in some of the most important regulatory cases involving health and safety, fire law and environmental law. He advises and represents the HSE and a number of fire brigades throughout the country, and a large proportion of his cases concern fatalities or near fatalities.
Strengths: "Calm, considered, firm and resolute."
Recent work: Acted in HSE v Siemens PLC and Fluor PLC, successfully prosecuting a case concerning the fatality of one worker and serious injury to another worker. The incident took place during the movement of a large wind turbine as part of the construction of Europe’s largest wind farms. 

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Band 3

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gordon Menzies
Acts for a number of clients in various sectors including including the aviation, retail and construction industries. He frequently advises on prosecutions relating to the provision of care. 
Strengths: "Gordon is very approachable and very knowledgeable. He has an in-depth knowledge of the law and is fully au fait with technical matters which arise in health and safety prosecutions."
Recent work: Instructed in a prosecution arising out of unsafe practices adopted by the defendants when carrying out roof replacement work which led to one of the workers falling 25 feet into the warehouse below.

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Band 3

Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Rogers 
Handles a large volumes of cases on behalf of individuals and company directors facing prosecution for health and safety offences involving serious injury or fatalities. His clients include building contractors, ferry operators and manufacturers.
Strengths: "He is really exceptional, works incredibly hard and has a very intelligent understanding of cases."
Recent work: Defended SERCO in relation to the death of a 19 year old crew member who was pulled off the Woolwich Free Ferry by a trapped mooring rope resulting in him striking a mooring buoy and sustaining severe head injuries and drowning.

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Band 3

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Rush 
Handles an array of regulatory matters and has been instructed in numerous health and safety cases across a range of sectors. He is also regularly called upon to undertake complex cases for the Care Quality Commission and HSE.
Recent work: Involved in a case where a young worker was struck by a piece of concrete which fell from the bucket of an excavator striking his head and causing fatal injuries.

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Band 3

Alexandra Tampakopoulos

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexandra Tampakopoulos 
Handles a diverse caseload of regulatory work and acts for the defence in highly complex health and safety cases. She also appears in high-profile inquests.
Strengths: "Fantastically good with clients and super helpful. Her advocacy is great."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the lifeguard on duty at the time when a man died in a swimming pool. The deceased had fallen unconscious and remained underwater for several minutes undetected. 

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