Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) in Regional Bar
The regulatory team at No5 Barristers Chambers is particularly recommended for health and safety work, with several strong practitioners both defending and prosecuting in this area. Bernard Thorogood is a key figure in the team, with recent work including the prosecution of DHL Services after a tyre rack collapsed, killing one worker and injuring several others. Ian Bridge is recommended for matters which involve contested medical evidence or highly technical defences, while Tim Pole is recommended for his expertise in contentious food safety matters.
St Philips Chambers is home to several strong regulatory practitioners, primarily focusing on health and safety cases. Naomi Gilchrist is highly active in this field, with recent work including the defence of bus company Midland Red South following a crash, which killed two, caused by the bus's near-octogenarian driver depressing the wrong pedal. Ben Mills is recommended for health and safety appeals work, having recently represented the HSE in an appeal by a car parts manufacturer against fines following an outbreak of legionnaire's disease, the case giving guidance on several issues including the proper length of skeleton arguments in such cases. James Puzey is a strong health and safety prosecutor, with recent work including incidents in theme parks and factories.
Members of St Ives Chambers are instructed in a wide range of regulatory matters. Tony Watkin is particularly notable for his prosecution practice across a wide range of regulatory areas - in one matter he prosecuted the owners of a nightclub after an inebriated guest left through a back door and fell two floors to his death. Kevin Saunders is also active in regulatory work, with recent instructions including the defence of Spanish airline Iberia, which was convicted of aviation offences following the death of twelve capybara rodents on board a flight from Madrid to Heathrow.