James Purnell > Chambers of Charles Gibson KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charles Gibson KC
Henderson Chambers


Barrister specialising in commercial and public law, with expertise in group actions, product liability, health and safety, personal injury, environment, inquests and employment.


Called 2002, Middle Temple (Queen Mother Scholar); pupillage Henderson Chambers 2002-2003; Attorney General’s C Panel (2009 – 2014); Attorney General’s B Panel (2014 – ); List of Specialist Regulatory Advocate’s for the EA, HSE and ORR (2012 – ); registered Direct Public Access practitioner; qualified pupil supervisor from 2010. Notable cases: Fetal Anti Convulsant Group Litigation (2008 – 2011); Iraqi Civilian Claims against MOD (2013 – ); defective hip implant group litigation (2014 – ). Recent reported cases: Ferguson v British Gas [2010] WLR 785 (harassment); Network Rail v Conarken [2011] 2 CLC 1 (consequential loss); Secretary of State for Justice v Bowling [2012] IRLR 382 (discrimination); Secretary of State for BIS v McDonagh [2013] ICR 1177 (employer insolvency).


French, Spanish.


Health and Safety Lawyers Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for the EA, HSE, ORR.


The Oratory School; Edinburgh University; City University


Football fanatic; piano man.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

James PurnellHenderson ChambersJames is an excellent advocate. He is able to defend his client’s position forcefully, while maintaining the sensitivity needed for difficult inquest matters. He is very responsive and personable, and well-liked by clients.

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

James PurnellHenderson Chambers ‘James is highly personable and easy to work with. He is very responsive and turns documents around quickly.’

London Bar > Group litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James PurnellHenderson Chambers ‘Thorough, thoughtful, insightful.’

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

James PurnellHenderson ChambersJames is highly responsive and personable.’      

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

James PurnellHenderson ChambersJames is knowledgeable, has a good client manner and is easy to work with.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James PurnellHenderson Chambers ‘His energetic, helpful and personable style is refreshing, and his work rate is phenomenal and his advice pragmatic.’