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Chambers of Charles Gibson QC
Henderson Chambers
2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9DB
England

Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersA standout QC.
Ranked: Tier 6
Patrick Green QC - Henderson ChambersOur go-to leader, Patrick is authoritative and imaginative in equal measure.
Ranked: Tier 6

2020 Silks

Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersHe is a very hard working and able barrister and will make an excellent silk, the award of which was richly deserved - a star in the making.

Leading Juniors

Rachel Tandy - Henderson ChambersA hard working and able junior who is always ready to lend a hand and tenaciously seeks to get to the heart of the dispute.
Ranked: Tier 5

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

2020 Silks

Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersVery methodical and thorough; clients value his clear advice.

2021 Silks

Adam Heppinstall QC - Henderson ChambersHis work includes osteopaths and psychotherapy cases.

Leading Juniors

Kenneth Hamer - Henderson ChambersKenneth has a completely encyclopaedic knowledge of case law relating to professional disciplinary work. Even in hotly contested cases, he is courteous and helpful at all times.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Palmer - Henderson ChambersHe is clear and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 4

Health and safety Tier 1

Henderson Chambers has 'acknowledged market leadership' in health and safety law, with 'strength in depth' and 'an excellent team of barristers'. The team continues to act in a range of high-profile cases, particularly the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Recent instructions include 'formidable tacticianOliver Campbell QC acting for one of the defendants in R v Hawkins and Dixon, a manslaughter prosecution arising from a fatality during the rebuilding of Eastbourne Pier after it was damaged by fire in 2014.

Leading Silks

Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersHe is one of the leading health and safety silks. He is a formidable tactician and a measured advocate who is particularly good at cross-examining experts. His written advocacy is superb.
Ranked: Tier 1
Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersPrashant is a confident advocate, oozing grace and elan. He is always well prepared, sensible about prospects of success and a team player. His collegiate style is to be commended.
Ranked: Tier 1
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersA first-class advocate: steely, effective, and charming.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Angus Withington QC - Henderson ChambersAngus is brilliant at adapting his style to suit the particular client in each case. From individuals to corporate clients, he is always able to put the client at ease and help us to achieve the best results for them. He is excellent in Court and, as an added bonus, he is an absolute joy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Tim Green - Henderson ChambersTim is one of the best leading juniors in this field. He is prolific within the field for providing seminars and knowledge sharing amongst his peers. For clients, he is a real fighter which with his exceptional knowledge of regulatory legislation and considerable experience in this field, makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Purnell - Henderson ChambersJames is very approachable and extremely hard working. He is easy to work with, and always responsive, despite the fact he is often in Court. He also turns work around very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Abigail Cohen - Henderson ChambersAbigail is a good operator - knowledgeable, experienced and excellent with clients. She is a strong communicator both in meetings and in court and genuinely care about the outcome for her clients. She is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson ChambersShe has a meticulous eye and a good courtroom manner. She is very good with clients and excellent to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Product liability Tier 1

Henderson Chambers enjoys an excellent market reputation as the 'leading product liability set in the UK'. Regularly instructed in a variety of prominent and market-defining unitary claims and group actions, chambers offers an 'array of talent to choose from'. Charles Gibson QC, Andrew Kinnier QC and Adam Heppinstall are involved in the pandemrix-group action, in which claimants allege the bird flu vaccine caused narcolepsy and cataplexy. Several barristers, including Prashant Popat QC, Oliver Campbell QCGeraint Webb QCElizabeth Tremayne, and Noel Dilworth, among others, are acting in the VW-emission proceedings. Another prominent instruction for the set's members is the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Rising stars

Celia Oldham - Henderson ChambersThe obvious choice of one to watch for product liability.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersOne of the leading silks on the defendant side.
Ranked: Tier 1
Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersA great communicator. He is very easy to work with and respected in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersA calm and reassuring presence. He has been great with the client, building their trust and confidence and he has been prepared to get stuck into the detail of the case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson Chambers ‘Forensically brilliant, an excellent trial lawyer. He has a nice unassuming manner, but tough with opponents when needs to be.

Ranked: Tier 2
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersHe is a highly respected and enthusiastic practitioner with eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersOne of the ablest, most strategically acute and responsive members of the Bar. He is a persuasive and measured advocate. Clients invariably appreciate his expertise and the rigorous approach he brings to matters great and small. He also has the benefit of substantial expertise in practice areas beyond product liability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersA very bright and charming silk, who is great with judges and clients. Unassuming but with a core of steel. He recognises that sometimes the fight is what you have to do to achieve your strategic goals.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Adam Heppinstall QC - Henderson Chambers ‘He has a broad range of experience to draw on when advising in this area. Very sharp, always finds the best way through a complex situation and very commercial, too. Has an engaging easy manner that makes him a pleasure to work with and great with all clients.

Leading Juniors

Noel Dilworth - Henderson ChambersHe has an understated but highly effective style. Always on top of the details and quickly identifies the key issues and client objectives.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chloe Campbell - Henderson ChambersShe is trusted and relied on by instructing solicitors and clients as a highly reliable and conscientious team-player with particular strength in dealing with complex expert evidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Purnell - Henderson ChambersHe offers very practical advice and has a very clear understanding of the product liability regime.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth Tremayne - Henderson ChambersDiligent and thorough with good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3

Consumer Tier 2

Henderson Chambers is a 'good set at 360 degrees', with a 'professional and well-organised clerking team.' The barristers are praised for their great expertise in consumer credit, consumer protection, and finance law. Of particular note in chambers, finance houses and banks are often represented by the highly regarded Richard Mawrey QC, while, in trading standards and product liability law, Nazeer Chowdhury is acting in the VW emissions litigation, and Toby Riley-smith QC was instructed by Whirlpool in the inquiry arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster. Chambers' members also act in civil and criminal cases with environmental, health and safety, and food safety, and increasingly on government consumer cases, with a focus on FCA instructions.

Rising stars

Lia Moses - Henderson ChambersDoes a fantastic job nationwide.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersFirst-class practitioner, he has become the benchmark to measure all other barristers and he beats them consistently.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson ChambersA first-class barrister, with quality work of the highest level.
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersA very hard-working and able barrister. A star silk in the making.

Leading Juniors

William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersImpresses for his ability to quickly get to the crux of the issue and for the detail of his work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersJust amazing, an actual superstar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nazeer Chowdhury - Henderson ChambersHe is technically excellent but also very personable and commercial. He is a pleasure to work with given his human touch and also adds practical commercial judgement given his experience in this field. Naz is very reliable and we know we're in safe hands and will never be let down.
Ranked: Tier 3

Environment Tier 2

Henderson Chambers has 'a first-rate regulatory offering and exceptional, experienced advocates including a strong group of juniors'. Members are known for their work in health and safety, product liability and environmental matters, including those concerning flooding, noise nuisance and pollution. In the last five years, the set has built an impressive reputation for its work in large-scale environmental group actions, though its members have also played a role in other high-profile regulatory environmental proceedings and in civil claims arising from pollution, particularly in the rail, waste and mining industries. Several members, including Charles Gibson QCGeraint Webb QCPrashant Popat QC and Kathleen Donnelly, are defending VW and various group companies against claims arising from the recent emissions scandal. Clients are full of praise for the clerks' room, which is 'always accessible, friendly and willing to accommodate'.

Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersOne of the leading silks for large-scale environmental cases, particularly the defence of group actions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersHe has great client care skills, insight and a razor-sharp intellect, and he is an exceptional tactician.
Ranked: Tier 3
Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersHis intellect is second to none and he is excellent at drilling down to the key facts.
Ranked: Tier 3
Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersA brilliant advocate who is compassionate and decisive – a leading light for environmental group actions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersHe has excellent analytical skills and is good with clients, making them feel welcomed and valued.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Adam Heppinstall QC - Henderson ChambersHe is a pleasure to deal with and is always busy with environmental group actions and environmental crime.

Leading Juniors

Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson ChambersExcellent attention to detail with good judgement and court presence. Good humour and excellent manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Purnell - Henderson ChambersHe has extraordinary abilities in environmental cases, an amazing capacity for hard work and finely tuned emotional intelligence.
Ranked: Tier 3

Financial services regulation Tier 2

Henderson Chambers is 'an excellent set for financial services regulatory matters' with a selection of 'highly recommended' silks and juniors. There is a strong overlap with its market-leading work on the consumer credit end, and its members are regularly instructed by the major retail banks, financial services companies, and fintech providers. The set offers a wide range of expertise on contentious and non-contentious matters, where senior silks and juniors such as Richard Mawrey QC, William Hibbert and Julia Smith have long held sway. Other names of note include up-and-coming silks Toby Riley-Smith QC and Henry Warwick QC, who took silk in 2020, and Nazeer Chowdhury.

Leading Silks

Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson ChambersAn excellent silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersHighly intelligent and very hard-working, and good at getting to the core of a case without being distracted by peripherals.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersHis written work is excellent and he's never afraid to roll up his sleeves.

Leading Juniors

William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersCommercial, practical, and very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersAn excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nazeer Chowdhury - Henderson ChambersA pleasure to work with given his human touch and also added practical commercial judgement given his experience in this field.
Ranked: Tier 3

Agriculture

Leading Juniors

Lucy McCormick - Henderson ChambersHer experience includes overage, grazing rights, rights of way, wayleaves, and ownership disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Mallet - Henderson ChambersVery approachable and reliable offering sound advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

European Union law

Leading Silks

Sir Alan Dashwood QC - Henderson ChambersThe extraordinary Professor Dashwood is one of the bar's leading experts on EU law, and EU competition law issues in particular. His years of experience give clients comfort that they are receiving the very best advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersAlways my first choice for inquests and inquiries. He has an excellent grasp of detail and a dogged determination to achieve outstanding results.
Ranked: Tier 2
Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersHas an amazing ability to grasp complex and technical issues to make them easily digestible to judges, coroners, inquiry chairs and jury. He is excellent with clients and his professionalism and intellect are second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersHighly regarded by his peers for his fair but firm approach and an extremely effective lawyer with a keen intellect. He combines a deep knowledge of the law with a pragmatic approach and excellent judgement, which make him highly sought after for inquests and public inquiries.
Ranked: Tier 3
Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersBrings first-rate abilities and rigour to the very different demands of a statutory inquiry. His ability to grapple with less established areas of of law and practice at both a jurisprudential and practical level is most impressive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

James Purnell - Henderson ChambersAble to absorb a large amount of information and deal with significant quantities of documents quickly. He is also very solicitor-friendly and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

Henderson Chambers is 'at the forefront of consumer credit' and praised for its 'strength-in-depth and availability'. Its silks and juniors are 'always very personable' and clients are 'grateful for the commercial acumen they bring'. The set is a popular with the major banks and several challenger banks, and members such as Richard Mawrey QC, Julia Smith and William Hibbert are very active on the advisory front. Notable case highlights included Toby Riley-Smith QC's advice to Intrum UK Finance on Intrum Finance v BaldwinHenry Warwick QC, who recently took silk, was also involved in Praetura Asset Finance v Prime Industries.

Leading Silks

Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson Chambers ‘Commercial and practical – and very user-friendly.

Ranked: Tier 2
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersStrong attention to detail, impressive advocacy skills, and expert in the area of consumer credit.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersHenry is a former solicitor so understands things from our side of the fence, he gets what it's like and he provides clear advice.

Leading Juniors

William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersAn excellent, top-notch consumer finance barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersA major player in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nazeer Chowdhury - Henderson ChambersOur 'go-to' barrister because he is technically excellent but also very personable and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence

Leading Silks

Peter Susman QC - Henderson ChambersHe is experienced in claims involving accountants, architects, solicitors, surgeons and surveyors.
Ranked: Tier 4
Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersHe is very experienced in professional negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Steinert - Henderson ChambersHe is a brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment

Leading Silks

Patrick Green QC - Henderson ChambersHas a natural flair for identifying potential causes of action that others might overlook, and is always willing to be bold in his approach. He is approachable and user-friendly, but never afraid to tell a client the truth.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

David Brook - Henderson ChambersVery good with clients and gets up to speed quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson ChambersFast gaining a well-deserved reputation as a leading counsel and authority in the complex area of employment law of international organisations. Her greatest strengths are knowledge of the law, attention to detail, advocacy, and flexibility and empathy with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Juniors

Tim Green - Henderson ChambersA compelling advocate with an excellent work ethic. A real thinker, who takes time to consider the overall position rather than rushing into making a decision.
Ranked: Tier 3

Public procurement Tier 3

The ‘well-organisedHenderson Chambers’ broad public and European law expertise includes advising a range of government departments and local authorities. Rhodri Williams QC has handled procurement challenges in areas such as health or commercial supplies as part of his broader practice. Andrew Kinnier QC, who ‘exudes a calm assurance when advising clients’, is recognised for his expertise in European structural funds, and his procurement challenge work includes acting for the Ministry of Defence in a challenge to a decision to re-wind a procurement competition.

Leading Silks

Rhodri Williams QC - Henderson ChambersHe is my go-to for public procurement work, has a wealth of experience in the procurement field, particularly when acting for a defendant. He is user-friendly and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the regulations.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersA first-rate advocate who exudes a calm assurance when advising clients. He has excellent attention to detail and is quick to understand technical issues. Although he has a first-rate understanding of procurement cases, his breadth of experience helps him keep a clear eye on the overall risks and prospects of the case.
Ranked: Tier 2

IT and telecoms

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Peter Susman QC - Henderson ChambersPeter is primus inter pares, in drafting, advice and advocacy. He is a supportive and available QC, quick to respond and a great partner for an instructing solicitor. He deals with the thorniest issues of law or evidence with ease. He is very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Silks

Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersHe is a first-rate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rhodri Williams QC - Henderson ChambersHis strength comes from experience and knowledge of case law.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Adam Heppinstall QC - Henderson ChambersVery sharp. An engaging manner. Easy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Lewis - Henderson ChambersJonathan is extremely bright and his career is developing impressively. His drafting is elegant and accurate and astonishingly rapid. He is calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 4

Insurance and reinsurance

Leading Silks

Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersA brilliant advocate who is decisive, extremely responsive and always available for clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

2021 Silks

Angus Withington QC - Henderson ChambersIncredibly experienced and a huge asset in every claim.

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

James Purnell - Henderson ChambersAn impressive junior who is clever and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 5

Property litigation Tier 5

Members of Henderson Chambers are ‘a pleasure to deal with, processing work quickly and within agreed timescales’. The set’s core strengths lie in real property, co-ownership, trusts of land and commercial property disputes in addition to residential landlord and tenant matters. George Mallet recently appeared in the Supreme Court in the case of Dr Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Limited where he represented the respondent in a matter relating to the management of a multi-million-pound block of residential flats.

Leading Silks

Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersHe is very bright, very thorough, and excellent both on paper and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Steinert - Henderson ChambersHe is very commercial and looks at the bigger picture.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Mallet - Henderson ChambersVery approachable and reliable offering sound advice expeditiously.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lucy McCormick - Henderson ChambersHer most exceptional skill lies in her ability to translate complex legal and sensitive factual problems for lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Tim Green at Henderson Chambers is highly active in the field of health and safety, prosecuting and defending across the the Midlands. Recent work has included the prosecution of two contractors who failed to remove asbestos from a school during building work.

Leading Juniors

Tim Green - Henderson ChambersA strong and tenacious advocate who gives clear, strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Henderson Chambers is the leader in product liability work and also strong in associated areas of law. Since publication of the last guide, Jason Housden, previously Practice Director at Matrix Chambers, was appointed the new chambers director, succeeding John White who retired after 45 years of service to chambers. Chambers has also expanded following the arrival of Freya Foster and Hazel Jackson, while Henry Warwick QC was elevated to Queen’s Counsel and Abigail Cohen appointed Deputy District Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A professional and well-organised clerking team. All of the clerks at Henderson Chambers are extremely helpful and attentive. Joanna Johnstone has been particularly helpful.

All the clerks are very supportive and helpful. All the clerks provide us with an excellent service.

Always responsive, always quick to respond. Outgoing head clerk John White was always willing to accommodate us and was tough but friendly in his fee negotiations. New head clerk Jason seems to be from the same mould. Junior clerks always get back to you. They are protective of their barristers but not overly so and will always make them available for initial discussions and to go over fee estimates. Invoicing is prompt and pain free.

Dan Smith and his colleagues are a pleasure to work with providing all necessary support as and when required

Dan Smith is a stand out when it comes to the clerks at Henderson – he completely gets the varying needs of a solicitor and is very accommodating.

Dan Smith is helpful and prompt to reply when we have enquiries.

Daniel Kemp is one of the best clerks around. Responsive, knowledgeable and always helpful.

Daniel Kemp is well organised, approachable, proactive and good to work with.

Excellent clerking service. The outgoing Chief Clerk John White was probably the best in the business. Joseph Sutton is particularly responsive and supportive.

Excellent, Joseph Sutton is particularly helpful and goes above and beyond to get the right barrister for the case. He is very quick to respond and retains good communication throughout. Nothing is too much trouble.

Excellent: efficient and easy to deal with. Daniel Kemp is a star.

Henderson Chambers are well-organised and easy to deal with.

John White has run an incredibly successful clerks’ room for decades and will be missed. Jason Housden is stepping into large shoes but is off to a good start.

Set:

A great set for class actions – none to beat it. Superb barristers who cover a vast range of work and incredibly user friendly barristers and clerks alike.

All the barristers I have instructed from this chambers for health and safety work have been very good.

Currently the most impressive set for product liability in London.

Every Counsel member at Henderson is academically brilliant but also personable while being tenacious.

Great set, very welcoming and practical and suit the counsel for the job not just volunteering whoever is free

Henderson are our go to set on complex group actions, for claims with forums non conveniens and personal injury aspects (legacy disease claims in particular).

Henderson chamber is top notch chambers for commercial disputes.

Henderson chambers are an excellent set, we regularly instruct leaders and juniors alike. Always reliable and advice is second to none.

Henderson chambers are my chambers of choice offering exceptional experience supported by impressive up and comers.

Members work collegiately and seamlessly together which makes solicitors live so much easier. The breadth of knowledge of the commercial world within the set is outstanding.

Henderson Chambers has a first rate regulatory offering. Exceptional, experienced, advocates with a strong group of juniors. Their programme of training seminars is very strong. Topics are always very current.

Set overviews: England and Wales

Henderson Chambers is the leader in product liability work and also strong in associated areas of law. Since publication of the last guide, Jason Housden, previously Practice Director at Matrix Chambers, was appointed the new chambers director, succeeding John White who retired after 45 years of service to chambers. Chambers has also expanded following the arrival of Freya Foster and Hazel Jackson, while Henry Warwick QC was elevated to Queen’s Counsel and Abigail Cohen appointed Deputy District Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A professional and well-organised clerking team. All of the clerks at Henderson Chambers are extremely helpful and attentive. Joanna Johnstone has been particularly helpful.

All the clerks are very supportive and helpful. All the clerks provide us with an excellent service.

Always responsive, always quick to respond. Outgoing head clerk John White was always willing to accommodate us and was tough but friendly in his fee negotiations. New head clerk Jason seems to be from the same mould. Junior clerks always get back to you. They are protective of their barristers but not overly so and will always make them available for initial discussions and to go over fee estimates. Invoicing is prompt and pain free.

Dan Smith and his colleagues are a pleasure to work with providing all necessary support as and when required

Dan Smith is a stand out when it comes to the clerks at Henderson – he completely gets the varying needs of a solicitor and is very accommodating.

Dan Smith is helpful and prompt to reply when we have enquiries.

Daniel Kemp is one of the best clerks around. Responsive, knowledgeable and always helpful.

Daniel Kemp is well organised, approachable, proactive and good to work with.

Excellent clerking service. The outgoing Chief Clerk John White was probably the best in the business. Joseph Sutton is particularly responsive and supportive.

Excellent, Joseph Sutton is particularly helpful and goes above and beyond to get the right barrister for the case. He is very quick to respond and retains good communication throughout. Nothing is too much trouble.

Excellent: efficient and easy to deal with. Daniel Kemp is a star.

Henderson Chambers are well-organised and easy to deal with.

John White has run an incredibly successful clerks’ room for decades and will be missed. Jason Housden is stepping into large shoes but is off to a good start.

Set:

A great set for class actions – none to beat it. Superb barristers who cover a vast range of work and incredibly user friendly barristers and clerks alike.

All the barristers I have instructed from this chambers for health and safety work have been very good.

Currently the most impressive set for product liability in London.

Every Counsel member at Henderson is academically brilliant but also personable while being tenacious.

Great set, very welcoming and practical and suit the counsel for the job not just volunteering whoever is free

Henderson are our go to set on complex group actions, for claims with forums non conveniens and personal injury aspects (legacy disease claims in particular).

Henderson chamber is top notch chambers for commercial disputes.

Henderson chambers are an excellent set, we regularly instruct leaders and juniors alike. Always reliable and advice is second to none.

Henderson chambers are my chambers of choice offering exceptional experience supported by impressive up and comers.

Members work collegiately and seamlessly together which makes solicitors live so much easier. The breadth of knowledge of the commercial world within the set is outstanding.

Henderson Chambers has a first rate regulatory offering. Exceptional, experienced, advocates with a strong group of juniors. Their programme of training seminars is very strong. Topics are always very current.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Tim Green at Henderson Chambers is highly active in the field of health and safety, prosecuting and defending across the the Midlands. Recent work has included the prosecution of two contractors who failed to remove asbestos from a school during building work.

Leading Juniors

Tim Green - Henderson ChambersA strong and tenacious advocate who gives clear, strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Henderson Chambers is the leader in product liability work and also strong in associated areas of law. Since publication of the last guide, Jason Housden, previously Practice Director at Matrix Chambers, was appointed the new chambers director, succeeding John White who retired after 45 years of service to chambers. Chambers has also expanded following the arrival of Freya Foster and Hazel Jackson, while Henry Warwick QC was elevated to Queen’s Counsel and Abigail Cohen appointed Deputy District Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A professional and well-organised clerking team. All of the clerks at Henderson Chambers are extremely helpful and attentive. Joanna Johnstone has been particularly helpful.

All the clerks are very supportive and helpful. All the clerks provide us with an excellent service.

Always responsive, always quick to respond. Outgoing head clerk John White was always willing to accommodate us and was tough but friendly in his fee negotiations. New head clerk Jason seems to be from the same mould. Junior clerks always get back to you. They are protective of their barristers but not overly so and will always make them available for initial discussions and to go over fee estimates. Invoicing is prompt and pain free.

Dan Smith and his colleagues are a pleasure to work with providing all necessary support as and when required

Dan Smith is a stand out when it comes to the clerks at Henderson – he completely gets the varying needs of a solicitor and is very accommodating.

Dan Smith is helpful and prompt to reply when we have enquiries.

Daniel Kemp is one of the best clerks around. Responsive, knowledgeable and always helpful.

Daniel Kemp is well organised, approachable, proactive and good to work with.

Excellent clerking service. The outgoing Chief Clerk John White was probably the best in the business. Joseph Sutton is particularly responsive and supportive.

Excellent, Joseph Sutton is particularly helpful and goes above and beyond to get the right barrister for the case. He is very quick to respond and retains good communication throughout. Nothing is too much trouble.

Excellent: efficient and easy to deal with. Daniel Kemp is a star.

Henderson Chambers are well-organised and easy to deal with.

John White has run an incredibly successful clerks’ room for decades and will be missed. Jason Housden is stepping into large shoes but is off to a good start.

Set:

A great set for class actions – none to beat it. Superb barristers who cover a vast range of work and incredibly user friendly barristers and clerks alike.

All the barristers I have instructed from this chambers for health and safety work have been very good.

Currently the most impressive set for product liability in London.

Every Counsel member at Henderson is academically brilliant but also personable while being tenacious.

Great set, very welcoming and practical and suit the counsel for the job not just volunteering whoever is free

Henderson are our go to set on complex group actions, for claims with forums non conveniens and personal injury aspects (legacy disease claims in particular).

Henderson chamber is top notch chambers for commercial disputes.

Henderson chambers are an excellent set, we regularly instruct leaders and juniors alike. Always reliable and advice is second to none.

Henderson chambers are my chambers of choice offering exceptional experience supported by impressive up and comers.

Members work collegiately and seamlessly together which makes solicitors live so much easier. The breadth of knowledge of the commercial world within the set is outstanding.

Henderson Chambers has a first rate regulatory offering. Exceptional, experienced, advocates with a strong group of juniors. Their programme of training seminars is very strong. Topics are always very current.

Henderson Chambers provides advice and representation over a wide range of practice areas and market sectors. The main focus is civil and commercial litigation including international and domestic group actions. Chambers is recognised as a leading set, in product liability and group actions, health and safety, consumer law, European, environmental law and public procurement.
Additional practice areas with leading silks and junior rankings, include: inquests and public inquiries, insurance law, IT, professional discipline and real estate and commercial litigation.

Members of Chambers act for multinational organisations, foreign and domestic corporations, financial services associations, government departments and agencies, local authorities, professional bodies, SME’s, and individuals in contentious and non- contentious matters. Members are increasingly instructed regarding issues arising out the Covid-19 pandemic across all areas of chambers’ expertise. For the past 30 years, Chambers has provided specialist European expertise and senior members practise in, Brussels, Madrid, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Since 1992 all pupils have had the opportunity to undertake part of their pupillage in Brussels and from the Turks and Caicos Islands since 2017. Chambers remains dedicated to providing a high standard of client care which has been consistently recognised by the Legal 500.

WORK UNDERTAKEN
Product Liability & Group Actions: Chambers has an unrivalled position in product liability, having maintained its top ranking in the legal directories for over 25 years. During that time, members of chambers have been instructed in many of the most significant unitary cases, group actions and commercial claims in respect of allegedly defective products including consumer goods, cosmetics, food, industrial machinery, medical devices, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, white goods. Current group litigation includes the “emissions” cases and Seroxat.

Health, Safety & Environment: Widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in these fields, the set covers all aspects of environmental law and health and safety litigation, including prosecutions for corporate manslaughter, infringements of health and safety legislation, environmental and waste prosecutions. Work in this area includes a number of Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; acting in the first prosecution of its kind brought against a sporting governing body for alleged H&S breaches following a fatal accident; successfully defending private landowners in a landmark private prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act.

Banking, Finance & Consumer Credit: Chambers has extensive expertise in the law regulating consumer- driven group litigation involving financial products, financial services, asset finance, credit services, debt recovery, issues of title, consumer protection and consumer credit (in particular issues arising from Covid19).

Commercial, Insurance & Arbitration: Chambers have particular sector expertise to the handling of complex commercial claims. In recent years they have been instructed in heavyweight and high-profile cases, involving insurance, property damage, life sciences, oil and gas, banking and financial services, automotive, IT and telecoms, transportation and in the design manufacture and supply of products. Recent work includes the Post Office Group litigation, in particular the developing area of relational contracts and a wide range of legal issues on incorporation of standard terms, unfair contract terms and implied terms. Micula v Romania, a significant decision by the UKSC in 2020 for all those in the arbitration community, particularly those that work on ICSID matters; Shanks v Unilever PLC, a landmark UKSC decision in compensation for an employee for contributions to patents which were held to be of benefit to his employer.

Employment Law: Chambers has a long and established practice in the field of employment law acting for both employers and employees. It has particular expertise in restraint of trade and breach of confidence; wrongful dismissal and related contractual claims; unfair dismissal claims; sex, race and disability discrimination claims; redundancy; TUPE; re-structuring and EC employment law. King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd, a landmark ECJ judgment concerning working time and a worker’s entitlement to a payment in lieu on termination.

Local Government & Public Law: Henderson Chambers have extensive experience in a wide range of areas of public and administrative law, and also in many other areas of work relevant to local authorities and other statutory bodies, such as property, planning, highways, compulsory purchase, transport, finance and audit, environmental, education, social services, public procurement, employment and pensions. Work includes acting for the Secretary of State in Catch 22 Bus Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport, where the Traffic Commissioner’s considerations for Licence Holders were addressed.

Property Law: Chambers has a dynamic and innovative property litigation and advisory team with particular strengths in commercial property and development, commercial and residential landlord and tenant, social housing, stock transfers, professional negligence aspects of property law and property damage claims. Member of chambers appeared successfully before the UKSC in the leading case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd.

Regulatory & Disciplinary Proceedings: Henderson Chambers has a long tradition of practice in the field of regulation and professional discipline and members act as advisers, legal assessors, representatives and advocates, or as members of tribunals. Kenneth Hamer is the author of the Third Edition of the leading textbook ‘Professional Conduct Casebook’.

Technology & IT: For many years Chambers has actively developed innovative remedies in IT and closely regulated fields, including the rapidly developing area of autonomous vehicles. Using modern technology (including social networking and up to the minute search techniques) to solve the legal problems that arise from it. Providing representation in a claim against Google on behalf of a class of iPhone users (Lloyd v Google) re: breach of data protection rights, to be heard by the UKSC in 2021. Lucy McCormick co-authored The Law & Autonomous Vehicles (Routledge)and is a contributor to the upcoming The Law of Artificial Intelligence (Thomson Reuters).

 

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Director Jason Housden (outside office hours 07751 232259)
Senior Practice Manager Daniel Kemp (outside office hours 07876 215584)
Chambers Administration Director Helen Ghalem
Members of Chambers GIBSON QC, Charles (1984)
Members of Chambers MAWREY QC, Richard (1964)
Members of Chambers SUSMAN QC, Peter (1966)
Members of Chambers WEST QC, Lawrence (1979)
Members of Chambers POPAT QC, Prashant (1992)
Members of Chambers DASHWOOD QC, Sir Alan (1969)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS QC, Rhodri (1987)
Members of Chambers GREEN QC, Patrick (1990)
Members of Chambers WEBB QC, Geraint (1995)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL QC, Oliver (1992)
Members of Chambers SHEEHAN QC, Malcolm (1993)
Members of Chambers RILEY-SMITH QC, Toby (1995)
Members of Chambers KINNIER QC, Andrew (1996)
Members of Chambers WARWICK QC, Henry (2007)
Members of Chambers HAMER, Kenneth (1975)
Members of Chambers HIBBERT, William (1979)
Members of Chambers PALMER, James (1983)
Members of Chambers STEINERT, Jonathan (1986)
Members of Chambers BROOK, David (1988)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Julia (1988)
Members of Chambers GOLDMAN, Linda (1990)
Members of Chambers WITHINGTON, Angus (1995)
Members of Chambers GREEN, Tim (1996)
Members of Chambers HEPPINSTALL, Adam (1999)
Members of Chambers DILWORTH, Noel (2001)
Members of Chambers PURNELL, James (2002)
Members of Chambers CHOWDHURY, Nazeer (2002)
Members of Chambers DONNELLY, Kathleen (2005)
Members of Chambers COHEN, Abigail (2005)
Members of Chambers RICHARDSON, Matthew (2006)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Jonathan (2007)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Thomas (2008)
Members of Chambers McCORMICK, Lucy (2008)
Members of Chambers TREMAYNE, Elizabeth (2009)
Members of Chambers CURTAIN, Hannah (2010)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, James (2010)
Members of Chambers TANDY, Rachel (2010)
Members of Chambers MILETIC, Ognjen (2010)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Chloe (2011)
Members of Chambers MALLET, George (2012)
Members of Chambers MOSES, Lia (2014)
Members of Chambers OLDHAM, Celia (2015)
Members of Chambers MACKENZIE, Reanne (2016)
Members of Chambers DENNER, Harrison (2016)
Members of Chambers GRAHAM, Beatrice (2016)
Members of Chambers FOSTER, Freya (2017)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Hazel (2017)
Members of Chambers NORTON, Ben (2017)
Members of Chambers CASTLE, Jack (2018)
Associate Member HENDERSON QC, Roger*
Door Tenant HILL QC, Jamie*
Door Tenant BENTLEY QC, Philip*
Door Tenant FENSTON, Felicia (1994)*
Door Tenant MILLER, Prof John (1974)*
Door Tenant NEWELL, Natasha (2001)*
Door Tenant SCHONEVELD, Frank (1992)*
Door Tenant SCUDAMORE, Jeremy *
Door Tenant TREFUSIS, Tamara (1999)*
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Supreme Court Cases: January 2019 to July 2020:

Vedanta Resources PLC and another v Lugowe & others –Judgment 10/04/19. Issue: procedural appeal about the jurisdiction of the English courts in relation to a group tort claim. It concerns alleged toxic emissions from the Nchanga Copper Mine (‘the Mine’) in Zambia.

Shanks v Unilever PLC – Judgment 23/10/2019 Issue: What amounts to an ‘outstanding benefit’ for the purposes of determining whether an employee who has made an invention belonging to an employer for which a patent has been granted is entitled to compensation pursuant to s.40(1) of the Patents Act 1977.

Cape Intermediate Ltd v Dring (for Asbestos Victims Support Groups) –Judgment 29/07/19. Issue: What are the powers of the court pursuant to the Civil Procedure Rules or its inherent jurisdiction to permit access to documents used in litigation to which the applicant was not a party.

Association of Independent Meat Suppliers v Food Standards Agency –Judgment 24/07/19. Issue: Whether there is a right of appeal against an Official Veterinarian’s assessment of the fitness of meat for human consumption where there is a dispute as to the fitness of the meat for human consumption.

Micula & others v Romania –Judgment 19/02/2020. Issue: Does the High Court have the power to stay the enforcement of an award given in accordance with the procedure in the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID).

Duval v Randolph Crescent –Judgment 6/5/2020. Leading case concerning the construction of various leasehold covenants concerning the authorisation of structural works by landlords.

International Group Action Claims

Vehicle Emissions litigation

Brazil Dam Disaster

Claims arising out of election Violence in Kenya – Jurisdiction decision from Court of Appeal on parent company liability

Asbestos Victims Group Claims

Environmental claims arising out of a Copper mine in Zambia

In Amenas hostage compensation claims

Bomu-Bonny Pipeline Litigation

Product Liability

Vehicle Emissions litigation

HIPS litigation

Seroxat Litigation (alleged defective drug)

Pandemrix litigation

Health & Safety and Environment

Representing parties involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Successfully defending private landowners in a landmark private prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act.

Instructed in Maritime & Coastguard Agency prosecution arising from collision between a tug and its tow resulting in tug capsizing and sinking with loss of 1 life.

Acting in prosecution of a contractor arising from death of four workers at the Pembroke Refinery explosion in 2011.

Ongoing case between a Council and Rail operator, relating to noise nuisance arising from a train care depot.

Acting in the first prosecution of its kind brought against a sporting governing body for alleged H&S breaches following a fatal accident.

Commercial Litigation

The Post Office Group Litigation– case settled in December 2019 with the Post Office agreeing to pay £57.75m in damages to sub-postmasters concerning the integrity of the Horizon IT system. The case concerned in particular the developing area of relational contracts and a wide range of legal issues on incorporation of standard terms, unfair contract terms and implied terms.

Google Group Action – breach of data protection rights

Libyan Investment Authority v. Various Defendants: acting for series of UK parties in commercial conspiracy claim brought in respect of UK joint venture arrangements

European and Public Law

Court Challenge against Brexit on the ground of breaches in electoral law.

Employment

King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd. A landmark case concerning working time and holiday pay.


Equality & Diversity

Henderson Chambers is committed to Equality and Diversity. We regard it as essential to our standing as a leading set of chambers that we should seek to excel in this. We have two equal opportunities officers both of whom are Members of Chambers.

We recognise the obligation not to discriminate against clients, members, pupils or staff on grounds of gender, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), sexual orientation, age, disability, marriage and civil partnership and religion or belief is a fundamental and legal obligation imposed on us by legislation and the Bar Code of Conduct.

So as to comply with both Data Protection legislation and the recommendations of the Bar Standards Board members of Chambers, publication of data is made in accordance with the requirements of Part 2, paragraph D.1.2 r.C110.3.s of the Bar Standards Board Handbook.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Henderson Chambers undertake many CSR initiatives.

Silks and Juniors continue to review numerous cases on a pro bono basis, devoting substantial amounts of time to work for clients ensuring legal representation in High Court hearings, and many other cases for those most in need but without the ability to pay for representation.

Other schemes that our members have and continue to volunteer for include work for Advocate (formerly The Bar Pro Bono Unit) and the Chancery Litigants in Person Scheme (CLIPS) in the RCJ.

Chambers participate in the annual London Legal Walk for the London Legal Support Trust (LLST) , raising much needed funds for charities that provide life changing legal advice and representation to those in need.

Henderson Chambers donate books (Feb 2020) to all 77 primary schools in The London Borough of Bromley, supporting an ongoing project in partnership with The Legal Action Group.

Outside of the legal arena, both members and staff are personally engaged and work hard to contribute to a variety of CSR initiatives across a diverse range of activities and sectors, including voluntary and fundraising work for a number of charities, schools, community and sports clubs. Positions including charity trustees, sitting on housing society board, school governor and sports coaching for children.