Exchange Chambers' Nicholas Johnson QC is described as a 'phenomenal advocate' for complex financial and business crime disputes prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office. Johnson QC has particular expertise in bribery and corruption cases, including multi-jurisdictional investigations. He was retained as UK counsel in a criminal trial before the Fraud Court in Athens, and on appeal, in relation to an investigation into alleged corporate bribery of surgeons to use Johnson & Johnson medical devices.
Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) in Regional Bar
St Paul's Chambers
Led by its head of chambers Richard Wright QC, Park Square Barristers has an established and experienced business regulatory crime team, acting in corporate manslaughter, serious workplace injuries, food standards and animal welfare among others. The head of the regulatory and public law Craig Hassall, head of health and safety Tom Gent, and the head of consumer protection Robert Stevenson are key names to note. Simon Clegg is a go-to junior for the Environment Agency, specialising in the prosecution of serious environmental offences. Recent instructions include the prosecution of a construction company that illegally deposited illicit material in two ponds killing several Great Crested Newts, a protected species.
New Park Court Chambers
New Park Court Chambers is 'one of the leading criminal regulatory and inquest sets in the UK'. The past year has seen members instructed in health and safety matters and hearings on behalf of the Care Quality Commission. Paul Greaney QC has been instructed a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and, leading Adam Birkby, is instructed by the prosecution in a corporate manslaughter case concerning the deaths of four people in an explosion at a wood production facility. Jason Pitter QC has been acting for York Racecourse following alleged health and safety failing in relation to serious injuries caused to a member of the catering staff. Nicholas de la Poer QC was elevated to silk in early 2020. Recent cases for the new silk include acting for the local authority concerning a fire safety issue in Rotherham United FC's stadium and acting for the Health and Safety Executive in re R, a case involving the loss of an arm in a woodchipper.