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.
Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) in Regional Bar
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'.
'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 astute' Ian 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.
'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.