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Leading Silks

Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court ChambersMichael is first and foremost an outstanding trial advocate. He brings a wealth of experience and gravitas to a case which sets him apart from others. Aside from that he is a great criminal tactician with a superb legal mind.
John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHas the ability to lead a team whilst listening to instructions given. Excellent with clients. Extremely hard working, an effective advocate who is also lucid in his written submissions.
Nigel Lawrence QC - 7 Harrington StreetNigel is incredibly thorough, dilligent and once he has a grip of a case manages to maintain impressive momentum to pursue arguments doggedly to the successful conclusion of a case. He offers clients clarity, certainty and reassurance based on his long-standing specialist practice and is able to engage in defence work with the benefit of long-standing respect and relationships from the other side, particularly HSE - when he raises an argument they know it has merit.

Leading Juniors

Rosalind Scott Bell - Deans Court ChambersMrs Scott Bell is approachable, thorough and has in-depth knowledge in these subject area.
Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersShe has excellent client care. Good knowledge of local authority regulatory work. Friendly and helpful.
Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersSimon is a quality barrister with a huge intellect. Very good on his feet, great knowledge of the law.
Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersHe is customer focused, very quick to respond to requests for advice. He is excellent knowledge of areas of expertise i.e. regulatory crime. Excellent advocate and advice is spot on.
Peter Smith - Deans Court ChambersHis main strength is his technical knowledge of the law and the rules and procedures that apply. Allied to tenaciousness and an ability to get to grips with problem cases and issues, this is a formidable and impressive combination.
Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersMr Welch is very knowledgeable; his written and oral advocacy is top class. He is very patient and understanding with clients. A very capable lawyer and is very generous with his time. He has a very good track record.
Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersExtremely thorough and an excellent advocate.
Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersLeila is becoming a true expert in this field. Her background is superbly suited to the difficult and unusual regulations that appear in many cases. She is an absolute delight to work with and often has razor-like insight into complex cases. Her client care is second to none and she is always a real help.
Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent with attention to detail, very methodical, approachable and hands on. Very good with clients, down to earth and gives pragmatic and honest advice even in difficult situations. Always ready for trials, organised and builds good Solicitor-Counsel relationships.
David Pojur - St John's BuildingsHe is friendly, approachable and relateable with clients, who of which hold him in great regard. He commands great respect amongst his peers and those he finds himself before. He is intelligent and clear in his communications and lively on his feet.
Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersHe is at the very top of his profession and his knowledge is a valuable part of the team and is a tactical and astute thinker, always thinking a couple of steps ahead whilst never taking his eye of the big picture. He is excellent with clients who are won over by his down to earth manner. He always finds an angle that the prosecution has missed.

Rising Stars

Lee Hughes - Lincoln House ChambersAn excellent and calming manner with clients paired with meticulous preparation and a real practical understanding of the law. Able to articulate complex matters in a way that both Lay clients and the Court can really grasp.

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) in Regional Bar

7 Harrington Street

7 Harrington Street is home to the 'assiduous and hardworking' Nigel Lawrence QC who is praised by clients for his 'encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, the calm and assured manner in which he deals with every issue and the forensic way he approaches each case'. Lawrence QC specialises in all forms of regulatory crime and cases involving manslaughter. He is one of a select few standing counsel to both the Health and Safety Executive and the Office of Rail Regulation. Recent instructions of note include R v Pascal Blasio & Contract Natural Gas; a successful prosecution in a high profile case involving a massive gas explosion that destroyed a town centre and injured 81 people. The case involved an allegation of deliberately causing the explosion and also a complex regulatory prosecution.

Oriel Chambers

The head of Oriel Chambers, Richard Bradley is seen as 'a fierce litigator who thrives in a trial environment'. He is noted for his experience in regulatory law, particularly in relation health and safety Law and environmental law, where he acts for clients including the Environment Agency and Drinking Water Inspectorate.

St John's Buildings

St John's Buildings' David Pojur 'always offers sound advice' in regulatory matters. Pojur represents companies and directors in complex proceedings involving fatalities, serious injury, and public safety issues arising out of breaches of health and safety and environmental regulations. Clients include  professionals at risk of corporate manslaughter liability or gross negligence manslaughter. 'He quickly manouvres around lengthy and complex case papers and isolates the real issues, offering sound professional advice in relation to the same. I have no hesitation in recommending him to solicitors and lay clients alike,' said one instructing solicitor.

Deans Court Chambers

'A fantastic set with a varied range of barristers in all areas,' Deans Court Chambers is 'a top set in the northwest for H&S work' has 'a strong team of specialists with lots of experience' and 'in-depth knowledge of regulatory crime'. A provider of 'pragmatic, reasoned and clear advice', Michael Hayton QC undertakes heavyweight cases brought against companies and individuals following fatalities in the workplace. In recent instructions of note, he acted for the defence in HSE v Paul Carney and others, a health and safety prosecution of a company and director following an accident at work where an employee had their hair caught in a conveyor. 'Prepared to stand up and fight the client's corner', Joseph Hart defends in serious health and safety matters involving fatalities as well as prosecuting for the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs and various local authorities. With 'impressive and highly persuasive advocacy', Peter Smith 'gets to the heart of the issues in these complex emotive criminal cases swiftly and is able to communicate with clarity'.

Exchange Chambers

'A leading set, which boasts a wealth of talent, efficient clerks, and all-round high standards', Exchange Chambers is home to John Jones QC who represents employers, companies, directors, individuals, and private bodies on all aspects of health and safety enforcement. He has recently been involved in several health and safety prosecutions and manslaughter trials following fatalities in the workplace. At the junior end, clients remark that Michael Lavery's greatest quality is his 'ability to put clients at ease in extremely stressful situations', while the 'tactically astuteIan Whitehurst 'applies vast experience to offer pragmatic solutions and is excellent with clients'. Whitehurst is instructed by private individuals, national companies, local authorities, quangos, and leading law firms to advise and represent across a myriad of regulatory matters.

Lincoln House Chambers

'A top-drawer set', Lincoln House Chambers is a first-choice for business and regulatory crime matters. 'At every level, they have quality barristers and a depth of choice many other chambers don't have. It is evident they have a robust policy on new tenants and pupils as right down to that level they exude quality.' Austin Welch has a particular focus on health and safety in the construction and waste industries as well as a growing practice representing clients in relation to food safety offences. Of recent note, he is instructed to represent three families of those killed in the Manchester Arena bombing. A former local government lawyer, Leila Ghahhary is also adept at regulatory and health and safety matters and has recently been instructed to advise in several large scale, national trading standards investigations. Having made a smooth transition from the solicitors' profession to the Bar, Lee Huges is considered a rising star in health and safety matters.