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  1. Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks
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Members of the regulatory group at 7 Harrington Street prosecute and defend a range of cases. For example, Ian Unsworth QC acts for individuals and companies involved in professional sport, and is currently representing cyclist Dan Stevens in a whistleblowing matter. Nigel Lawrence QC prosecuted in the HSE v South Lakes Wild Animal Park case regarding health and safety breaches after a tiger mauled a keeper to death.

9 St John Street prosecutes and defends in health and safety cases, including corporate manslaughter trials. The group is also known for prosecuting in healthcare disciplinary proceedings and receives instructions in this area from the General Medical Council.

Atlantic Chambers houses Anne Whyte QC, who is experienced in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution work.

Deans Court Chambers regulatory practice includes health and safety matters and medical misconduct cases. Regulatory criminal matters form another key area of instruction, while Joseph Hart has a niche practice in environmental prosecutions.

Exchange Chambers is ‘strong’ in health and safety matters. Members often represent the HSE as well as companies and individuals. Recent cases include prosecuting in a fatal trench collapse case, resulting in a £2.6m fine.

Kings Chambers is known for being ‘strong in licensing’, including alcohol and premises licensing, sexual entertainment venue issues, and firearms matters. The set has been involved in a rising number of taxi licensing matters of late; for example, Ben Williams recently acted in a case where a local council was considering introducing Individual Vehicle Approvals (IVAs) for specially converted taxi vehicles.

Lincoln House Chambers is a ‘pre-eminent regulatory set’, with a reputation in this area that continues to grow. Members have expertise in health and safety matters, as well as professional disciplinary work involving the police and medical professions, to name a few. Bernadette Baxter was appointed to the bench in 2016.

Oriel Chambers’ regulatory practice takes instructions involving professional discipline and police law. Graham Wells has recently acted for the police in cases involving the use of tasers.

St John’s Buildings houses Iain Simkin, who has expertise across a range of regulatory cases, particularly health and safety matters.

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