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Chambers of Charles Gibson QC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Health and safety Tier 1
As 'a leading set for health and safety cases', Henderson Chambers has 'considerable strength in depth', housing an 'excellent' team of 'impressive, charismatic and intelligent barristers'. Multiple members of the set continue to advise on the Grenfell Tower disaster; other highlights include Prashant Popat QC and Oliver Campbell QC successfully defending British Cycling and the event organiser respectively against allegations of health and safety breaches following a fatal accident at a mountain bike race.
Product liability Tier 1
'The leading defence practice for product liability', Henderson Chambers is a 'great set with huge strength in depth from very good quality juniors through to the silks'. Members of chambers are frequently instructed in high-profile and high-stakes litigation. Recently, this has included Prashant Popat QC's work for VW and other companies in the emissions litigation. A number of the set's barristers – including Charles Gibson QC, Malcolm Sheehan QC, Andrew Kinnier QC, and Adam Heppinstall – have been instructed in the pharmaceutical product liability group action alleging that the antidepressant Seroxat is a defective product.
Consumer Tier 2
Henderson Chambers 'has a range of barristers from the young and talented to people of undoubted seniority and authority'. The set is highly regarded for health and safety, product liability, and consumer law. Recent instructions for Toby Riley-smith QC include his representation of Whirlpool Corporation in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. Nazeer Chowdhury acted in the VW emissions group action litigation.
Henderson Chambers is 'a good set for work of this nature' and 'always able to provide counsel at the right level of experience for claims of all sizes'. Members regularly act for and against regulators including the Financial Conduct Authority, with recent cases including FCA v Gopee (in which Julia Smith represented the regulatory body) , and are also highly experienced on the non-contentious side.
Agriculture Tier 2
Inquests and inquiries Tier 2
Environment Tier 3
Henderson Chambers has unrivalled experience in large-scale environmental group actions, as well as a range of other regulatory matters and civil claims arising from pollution and other environmental issues. The set has notable expertise in the railway, waste and mining industries, and clients note that it is 'a strong set for health and safety and product liability matters, and for all kinds of regulatory work'. It also has a 'good, practical clerking team that is always there to sort out problems'. Charles Gibson QC acted for Vedanta in a group action concerning alleged water pollution, environmental damage and personal injury as a result of the operation of a major copper mine in Zambia. Kathleen Donnelly represented Volkswagen in claims arising from vehicle emissions testing, including allegations that NOx emissions have damaged the environment.
Professional negligence Tier 3
Employment Tier 3
EU Law Tier 3
Public procurement Tier 3
At Henderson Chambers 'excellent advocate' Rhodri Williams QC counts local and regional government departments among his client who find him 'very user-friendly'. Some of his high-stakes cases have reached the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice, the subjects of which range from health to construction and defence and related funding issues. Andrew Kinnier QC's heavy-weight cases include advising on European structural funds and substantial infrastructure matters. In one case Kinnier is acting for HM Treasury and the Department for Communities & Local Government in relation to procurement issues relating to grants for the restoration of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and other regeneration projects.
Henderson Chambers has 'a very good range of counsel, from QCs to impressive juniors, to very competent junior juniors', according to one instructing solicitor. The set has an excellent reputation for consumer credit issues, where its members are among the most experienced in the market. The set's members, including Richard Mawrey QC, William Hibbert and Julia Smith, have been involved in several key recent consumer banking cases, including DGOFT v First National Bank, OFT v Lloyds TSB Bank, and Wadham Stringer v Meaney.
IT and telecoms Tier 4
Commercial litigation Tier 4
Insurance and reinsurance Tier 5
Property litigation Tier 5
Henderson Chambers is a ‘good set, with considerable strength in property related-law’, according to clients. Chambers' members are active on both the domestic and commercial property fronts with experience in property damage, right to light, co-ownership, trusts of land, environmental, and landlord and tenant disputes. Lucy McCormick recently acted on Radiosites Ltd v O’Connor, a dispute over a telecommunications tower which resulted in an application or an injunction to obtain access.
A ‘first-class set for product liability and personal injury’, Henderson Chambers becomes ‘a go-to set when the two areas combine’, according to solicitors. The set is also ‘the first port of call’ for health and safety work, and has ‘a very good range of counsel – from QCs to impressive juniors to very competent junior juniors’. In recent chambers news, regulatory specialist Tim Green joined from Outer Temple Chambers, while John White announced he will be retiring on 31 May 2020 after almost 45 years in chambers, 30 of them as chief clerk. The clerking team ‘reflects John’s emphasis on client care’; senior practice manager Daniel Kemp is ‘an asset to the set’. Overall the team is described as ‘efficient with fee notes and always willing to make counsel available and to facilitate accessibility’. Practice managers Nick Bryant, Daniel Smith, and Joseph Sutton are 'always helpful and responsive'; Shaun Wright has joined as a junior clerk from One Essex Court. Offices in: London
Chambers of Charles Gibson QC > Firm Profile
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 multi-national 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. For the past 30 years, Chambers has provided specialist European expertise and senior members practice in, Brussels, Madrid, and the Turks and Caicos. Since 1992 all pupils have had the opportunity to undertake part of their pupillage in Brussels and from the Turks and Caicos since 2017. Chambers remains dedicated to providing a high standard of client care which has been consistently recognised by Chambers UK.
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 and white goods. Current group litigation includes, VW Emissions 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. Recent work in this area includes acting for one of the major train operating companies in a three week Crown Court trial; 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.
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 for all those in the arbitration community, particularly those that work on ICSID matters.
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 landmark ECJ judgment concerning working time and a worker’s entitlement to a payment in lieu on termination.
Local Government & Public Law and Procurement 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.
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 has recently published the Third Edition of his leading textbook “Professional Conduct Casebook”.
Technology & IT: For many years Chambers has actively developed innovative remedies in IT and closely related 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. Lucy McCormick co-authored “The Law & Autonomous Vehicles”.
Supreme Court Cases: January to October 2019
Vedanta Resources PLC and another v Lugowe & others – Citation:  UKSC 20 – Hearing 15-16/01/19 –- 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 – Hearing 06-07/02/19, waiting judgment. 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) – Hearing 18-19/02/19, Judgement 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 – Hearing 05/03/19, 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 – Hearing 18/06/19, adjourned to 07-09/10/19. 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 – Hearing 10/10/19. Action concerning the construction of various leasehold covenants.
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|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||JACKSON, Hazel (2017)|
|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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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.
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Supreme Court Cases: January to October 2019:
· Vedanta Resources PLC and another v Lugowe & others – Citation:  UKSC 20 – Hearing 15-16/01/19 –- 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 – Hearing 06-07/02/19, waiting judgment. 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) – Hearing 18-19/02/19, 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 – Hearing 05/03/19, 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 – Hearing 18/06/19, adjourned to 07-09/10/19. 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 – Hearing 10/10/19. Action concerning the construction of various leasehold covenants.
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
· Vehicle Emissions litigation · HIPS litigation · Seroxat Litigation– alleged defective drug – one of The Lawyer Top 20 cases of 2019.
· 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.
· The Post Office Group Litigation – one of the Lawyers Top 20 cases of 2018 – 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.
· King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd. A landmark case concerning working time and holiday pay.
Top Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar Administrative and public law (including local government)
- London Bar Health and safety
- London Bar Product liability
- London Bar Consumer
- London Bar Financial services regulation
- London Bar Agriculture
- London Bar Inquests and inquiries
- London Bar Environment
- London Bar Professional negligence
- London Bar Employment
- London Bar Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
- London Bar EU Law
- London Bar Public procurement
- London Bar Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
- London Bar IT and telecoms
- London Bar Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
- London Bar Commercial litigation
- London Bar Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
- London Bar Insurance and reinsurance
- London Bar Property litigation
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