Health and safety in London Bar
As 'a leading set in the field of health and safety', Crown Office Chambers has 'superb strength in depth' with 'an enviable stable of experienced counsel'. Multiple members of the set are acting in the case of the Bosley Mill explosion that killed four people. In another recent instruction of note, 'superb trial lawyer' John Cooper QC and the 'tactically very astute' Sandesh Singh defended Priory Healthcare against allegations of health and safety breaches following the death of Amy El-Keria at Priory Hospital Ticehurst House. The fine imposed was reduced from £2.4m to £300,000 following the judgment that culpability was ‘high’, but the likelihood of death or very serious harm was low.
Henderson Chambers has 'acknowledged market leadership' in health and safety law, with 'strength in depth' and 'an excellent team of barristers'. The team continues to act in a range of high-profile cases, particularly the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Recent instructions include 'formidable tactician' Oliver Campbell QC acting for one of the defendants in R v Hawkins and Dixon, a manslaughter prosecution arising from a fatality during the rebuilding of Eastbourne Pier after it was damaged by fire in 2014.
2 Bedford Row is 'strong in the field of health and safety' thanks to its 'strength in depth' of counsel. In one example instruction, Richard Matthews QC successfully defended steel company Celsa against charges of corporate manslaughter following an explosion at a steelworks in Wales, in which two factory workers were killed. The company was convicted of breaching health and safety regulations by failing to make a risk assessment – a lesser offence to the charge of manslaughter – and ordered to pay a £1.8m fine.
Six Pump Court 'has great strength in depth in health and safety cases at all levels'. In recent work of note, Mark Watson QC successfully represented the defendant in R v Squibb Group Limited, an appeal against a sentence concerning the exposure to asbestos; the case involved issues of the importance of expert evidence in assessing the likelihood of harm under the Sentencing Guideline for Health and Safety Offences. Additionally, Stephen Hockman QC led David Hercock before the Court of Appeal for the appellant in Faltec Europe Limited v Health and Safety Executive, concerning the reduction of a fine for health and safety offences; the case drew upon the precedent set by the judgment in R v Squibb Group Limited.
Temple Garden Chambers is 'an excellent set in regulatory with several stars' and well known for its strength in acting for companies and individuals in cases involving gross negligence manslaughter, serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace, and corporate manslaughter investigations. Instructions from the construction sector are prominent in members' caseloads. In recent news, Dominic Adamson QC took silk in March 2020 strengthening chambers at the senior level.
2 Hare Court has 'firmly established itself as a leading set in the regulatory space' and is 'a strong performer in health and safety law' with 'some strong advocates', according to clients. In recent work of note, the 'tremendous' Jonathan Laidlaw QC is leading the 'brilliant' Alexandra Tampakopoulos in representing cladding company Harley Facades in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. In recent news, Iain Daniels has joined chambers following the closure of Ely Place Chambers.
Three Raymond Buildings 'delivers a high quality of service' and is 'strong in relation to inquiries work'. In the case of the latter, the 'polished' Stephen Walsh QC and the 'well prepared' Sarah Le Fevre continue to act for the London Fire Brigade in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry. The 'tenacious' Saba Naqshbandi is noted for her expertise in fire safety cases.