Toby Riley-Smith QC > Chambers of Charles Gibson QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charles Gibson QC
Henderson Chambers

Work Department

Product liability, consumer, personal injury, health and safety, environment, commercial and contractual (sale of goods and consumer credit).


Barrister specialising in product liability; health and safety; commercial/consumer including consumer credit and asset finance; personal injury including occupier’s liability and road traffic accidents; business law.


Called 1995; Jules Thorne scholar, Middle Temple 1994; publications: contributor to Volume 9 (1) of ‘Halsbury’s Laws – Consumer Credit’ (1998); contributor to volume 37 of ‘Halsbury’s Law – Practice and Procedure’; contributor to ‘Product Liability: ?Law and Insurance’ LLP (2000); contributing editor ‘Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice’ (2003); author Blackstone’s ?’Guide to the Consumer Credit Act’ 2006; CEDR accredited mediator; editor of ‘Butterworth’s Commercial and Consumer Law Handbook 2008’.


Personal Injury Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association; CEDR; Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


Eton College; Trinity College, Cambridge (MA).


Cricket, shooting, opera, racing, and growing family.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Toby Riley-Smith QCHenderson ChambersHe is an excellent counsel for financial services regulation matters.

Henderson Chambers has an ‘excellent‘ reputation for financial services regulation. Members regularly handle a range of FCA matters. Richard Mawrey QC has a solid track record in defending investment managers against the FCA. Toby Riley-Smith QC prepared a report for the High Court Enforcement Officers Association on reforming the system for enforcing consumer debts. Henry Warwick QC, William Hibbert and Julia Smith are other key practitioners.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Toby Riley-Smith QCHenderson ChambersAn excellent counsel for banking and finance cases, including consumer credit; firms have no hesitation in recommending him.

London Bar > Consumer

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Toby Riley-Smith QCHenderson ChambersAn excellent counsel for consumer cases and we would have no hesitation in recommending him.

An excellent chambers in consumer law‘, Henderson Chambers has ‘great depth in regulatory cases‘, handling consumer protection and other trading standards matters. Toby Riley-Smith QC has considerable expertise in consumer group mass litigations, including his representation of Whirlpool in proceedings resulting from the Grenfell disaster. On the junior side, Julia Smith is representing the Competition and Markets Authority in enforcement action against care home providers in CMA v Care UK, while rising star Lia Moses has recently focused on litigation regarding mis-selling.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Toby Riley-Smith QCHenderson ChambersA safe as pair of hands, hardworking and totally meticulous in his preparation.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Toby Riley-Smith QCHenderson ChambersAs safe as pair of hands as you would ever wish to instruct for your client.

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Toby Riley-Smith QCHenderson ChambersToby has a phenomenal eye for detail. His analysis of complex legal regulations and provisions is fantastic and has brought real value to the team. Toby has a fast increasing experience of acting alone as a silk in a number of high profile cases but also is a great team player – he is thoughtful and dynamic in approach listening carefully to differing views and reaching sensible and pragmatic conclusions.