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  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersHis level of competence is exceptional both in and out of court.

Leading Juniors

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    • Sarah Clover - Kings ChambersTenacious, with good knowledge of the licencing sector.
    • Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersConscientious, bright and able - an excellent licensing barrister.
    • Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersAn expereienced prosecutor of health and safety offences.
    • Tim Pole - No5 Barristers ChambersHe has first-class technical knowledge of health and safety law.
    • Bernard Thorogood - No5 Barristers ChambersA first-class advocate with excellent client care skills.
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    • Ian Bridge - No5 Barristers ChambersAn excellent health and safety barrister.
    • Leo Charalambides - Kings ChambersHis knowledge of licencing is excellent.
    • Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips ChambersA very strong, confident, and balanced advocate.
    • James Puzey - St Philips ChambersAn excellent lawyer who misses nothing.
    • Harpreet Sandhu - No5 Barristers ChambersA great all-round persuasive advocate.

Members of Kings Chambers' licencing team acts for both councils and petitioners across the alcohol, entertainment and transport licensing sectors, with a particular focus on revocation appeals.

No5 Barristers Chambers is 'one of the main sets for regulatory law in the Midlands' and also has 'excellent depth' in its health and safety team. Bernard Thorogood recently prosecuted for the Health and Safety Executive in a case arising out of the death of a Red Arrows pilot in which the manufacturer of a faulty ejector seat was fined £1.1m. Adrian Keeling QC and Harpreet Singh Sandhu are notable for their expertise in police discipline. Rex Tedd QC retired.

St Philips Chambers is most known for its work on complex health and safety matters. Defence work includes R v Midland South Red, in which Richard Atkins QC defended a bus company following a crash involving a 79 year old bus driver which left two dead. For the prosecution, in R v DHL, Ben Mills prosecuted the courier company a fatal accident case resulting in a £2m fine. Other key areas of work include licensing matters and health and safety cases, where Andrew Evans and James Puzey are the key practitioners respectively.

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