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

Chambers of Charles Gibson QC
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 > Product liability

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James PurnellHenderson ChambersHe offers very practical advice and has a very clear understanding of the product liability regime.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 5

James PurnellHenderson ChambersAn impressive junior who is clever and hard-working.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James PurnellHenderson ChambersAble to absorb a large amount of information and deal with significant quantities of documents quickly. He is also very solicitor-friendly and responsive.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James PurnellHenderson 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.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James PurnellHenderson ChambersHe has extraordinary abilities in environmental cases, an amazing capacity for hard work and finely tuned emotional intelligence.