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Chambers of Charles Gibson QC
Henderson Chambers

Work Department

Product liability, negligence, contract, health and safety, inquests/inquiries.


Prashant’s product liability and group action expertise encompasses many of the largest, most involved and high-profile cases of the past 20 years. These include litigation concerning: VW NOx emissions, Metal-on Metal hip implants, PIP breast implants, Seroxat, MMR, Sabril, Benzodiazepines and Norplant. His commercial product liability practice includes Commercial Court and QB litigation and arbitrations and non-contentious advisory work concerning a variety of products, including gastric bands, fire appliances, mobile phones, motor vehicles and electronic devices. Prashant has been involved in some of the leading reported cases in this field, including Court of Appeal decisions on the substitution of parties after the expiry of the 10 year long stop provided by the Product Liability Directive (Re: Horne Roberts) and the seminal costs sharing appeal (Sayers v Smith Kline Beecham) and the European Court of Justice and House of Lords/Supreme Court decisions in O’Byrne v Sanofi-Aventis.

Prashant has been instructed by defendants in many of the largest, high profile health and safety cases (and associated inquiries and inquests) of recent times. These have included corporate and individual manslaughter prosecutionssuch as R v Hawkins (Eastbourne Pier fall), R v MNS (Glesion mine flooding), R v Woodward(Atherstone warehouse fire), R v Ward (demolition collapse), R v CAV (collapse of aviation materials), R v. Network Rail (Hatfield  rail disaster) and R v Railtrack (Slade Lane disaster).Prashant’s work for defendants charged with breaches of HSWA 1974 has included hundreds of cases including R v Rogers (Hanover Square window frame collapse), R v Falcon Cranes (crane collapse), R v HOSL (Buncefield fire), R v Network Rail (Ladbroke Grove, Potters Bar, Grayrigg and Southall disasters) and R v Davison (mine poisoning). His work has encompassed incidents in industries including construction, transport, retail, oil and gas, manufacturing and, mining. His list of clients includes BT, BP, Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail, McCain, Berkeley Group, Thames Water and Tarmac. He is also instructed in a relation to a number of ongoing investigations including those following the Grenfell fire and the Didcot Power Station collapse. In addition to private sector companies, his public sector clients have included HertfordshireFire Service and the Metropolitan Police Authority. Prashant has twice been awarded the title of Health and Safety Silk of the year by Chambers & Partners and been nominated on two other occasions. He was a founding and committee member of the Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association.


Called 1992; Silk 2008; Bencher of Gray’s Inn; University scholar, Baker and McKenzie international scholar; Gray’s Inn scholar; judicial assistant to the Master of the Rolls; publications: ‘Civil Advocacy: A Practical Guide’ (Cavendish Publishing Ltd); contributing editor ‘Halsbury’s Laws Civil Procedure’; ‘International Product Law Manual’ (Kluwer).


Health and Safety Lawyers Association; COMBAR.


Oxford (1990 MA First Class Honours).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Prashant Popat QCHenderson ChambersA great communicator. He is very easy to work with and respected in court.

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.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Prashant Popat QCHenderson ChambersHis intellect is second to none and he is excellent at drilling down to the key facts.

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‘.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Prashant Popat QCHenderson 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.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Prashant Popat QCHenderson 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.