Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing in Regional Bar
7 Harrington Street has vast experience in regulatory law with its barristers instructed to prosecute and defend in a wide range of health and safety cases, including corporate manslaughter trials and breaches of regulations. Ian Unsworth QC is a criminal advocate who provides specialist advice for individuals and agent companies connected with professional sport, while Nigel Lawrence QC specialises in regulatory crime and manslaughter, as well as being a standing counsel to HSE and Office of Rail Regulation.
Deans Court Chambers is an 'excellent regional set' for regulatory work, with particular specialisms in health and safety, animal welfare and professional discipline. The set is perhaps best known for the latter, with Elizabeth Dudley-Jones recently acting for the General Medical Council in disciplinary cases, in one she successfully prosecuted a GP for grooming and having a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient; during the proceeding the defendant's representatives withdrew and the defendant refused to attend.
Members of the regulatory team at Exchange Chambers are instructed primarily on professional disciplinary and health and safety matters. The set's members accept both prosecution and defence instructions. John Jones QC recently defended an evangelical church in a health and safety prosecution following the death of a volunteer worker who fell through a suspended ceiling. Ian Whitehurst recently represented a company in its appeal against a fine for the illegal dumping of waste, following the appellant's attempt to remove the waste and remediate the damage to the site.
Kings Chambers is particularly known for its licensing offering, where they are described by one client as 'a leading set in the North West', with a collection of highly-experienced licensing barristers available. Sarah Clover and Ben Williams represented Wakefield Council in an application by a taxi driver for judicial review of the council's taxi licensing fee changes.
Members of Lincoln House Chambers are particularly prominent in health and safety prosecutions, professional disciplinary cases and environmental criminal work, as well as more general regulatory matters. Notable recent cases include a health and safety prosecution after two employees fell from ladders and broke their backs at the company's warehouse in the space of a year, in which Austin Welch acts for the company, and Arunachalam v General Medical Council, an appeal against erasure in which Simon Gurney acted for the appellant.