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Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC

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John Cooper QC

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Regularly instructed to appear both at inquests and trials. In the recent past has represented numerous large companies including Shell International Ltd, Whitbread, Kent County Council, Siemens, Asda, Hays plc, Nestle (UK) Ltd, Hanson Brick, Marshalls plc, Amey, Biffa Waste Services, Carpetright, Sir Robert Alpine Ltd, Mitsui Babcock, JJB Sports, Amec, Rokbuild, Carillion, Iceland, BUPA, Kwik-Fit, Lidl, KONE plc, Persimmon, TDG plc, Brookfield Construction, Enterprise Managed Services Ltd, Multiplex, Avery Dennison, The Wrigley Company Limited, Veolia Environmental Services Ltd, New Look Retail, Raleigh UK Ltd, Watkin Jones, Wilimot Dixon, Sita, Raleigh UK Ltd, Tangerine Confectionery, Heineken UK, Balfour Beatty, WM Morrison, Linden Group Limited, the National Trust, 3663 and Molson Coors. Appeared on behalf of the company in R v HTM at first instance and in the Court of Appeal and successfully defended the company at trial; successfully defended a headmaster in an asbestos-related prosecution under the Health & Safety at Work Act; successfully represented Captain Mark Phillip’s Equiland Company in the Gatcombe Park prosecution concerning a fatal accident at the annual three day event; successfully defended Enterprise Management Services Ltd at trial; successfully defended in the Golden Jubilee Bridge fatality case after the case had been referred back for a re-trial; successfully defended Keltruck Ltd at trial; successfully defended Brookfield Construction at trial; successfully defended Balfour Beatty Rail Projects at trial; represented Heineken UK Ltd at trial; represented Willmott Dixon in Marks and Spencer store refit case involving allegations of asbestos exposure; instructed in electric gates case in Manchester and Bridgend; represented BUPA in care home fatality; appeared for the Appellant in Tangerine Confectionery & Veolia (ES) UK Ltd v The Queen [2011] EWCA Crim 2015. In 2012 represented : Nestle UK in a fatality on the quality street production line; Schindler UK involving a fatality in a lift construction at Terminal 5; Bowmer Kirkland in Liverpool Crane collapse case; He successfully defended the Managing Director charged with gross negligence manslaughter in Lion Steel corporate manslaughter case; Appeared in New York as an expert witness on UK health and safety law for DuPont in commercial litigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars; York Racecourse in a fatality involving a cyclist near to the course. In 2013 defending in electric gates gross negligence manslaughter case in Manchester, successfully represented Red Industries in 20,000 fish kill on the River Trent by persuading the Judge to stay the indictment for abuse of process and successfully defended Persimmon Homes in child death by collapse of fire place. Appearing in 5 Health and Safety at Work cases in the Court of Appeal. Additionally involved in many cases involving fatalities in the workplace and other serious injuries, including the Vauxhall helicopter Crash, The Lindsey Oil Refinery fatality, the four fatalities at Claxton Engineering, the four fatalities at the Pembroke Oil Refinery and several corporate manslaughter investigations. Regularly conducts seminars to companies and professional bodies.


Called 1985; Inner Temple.


Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injuries Bar Association; Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


Marathon running; C.

London Bar


Within: Environment – Leading silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersVery good on environmental, particularly major pollution, incidents: he gets to grips with the detail and cross-examination.

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Health and safety

Within: Health and safety – Leading silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersA brilliant trial advocate and an asset in any fight.

Within: Health and safety

As ‘a go-to set for health and safety and inquest work’, Crown Office Chambers’ ‘incredibly strong team’ is active in high-profile cases. Multiple members of the set are involved in the Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry; and individuals including John Cooper QC, James Ageros QC, new silk Simon Antrobus QC and Dominic Kay QC are instructed to advise on the Didcot Power Station collapse.

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