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Charles Gibson QC

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Henderson Chambers (Chambers of Charles Gibson QC)

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Product liability including jurisdictional disputes and insurance, group actions, commercial law, health and safety and environmental, regulation of pharmaceutical products, professional negligence, insurance, personal injury, public law, sports law, public inquiries, disciplinary tribunals.


Head of chambers; specialises in commercial law (particularly fire, accident and business loss claims); product liability (often involving group actions and insurance); environment; health and safety; professional negligence; insurance; sports law; food law. Other areas of practice include: public law; public inquiries; regulatory law and disciplinary tribunals. Group actions include the Bomu-Bonny Pipeline litigation; the Abidjan litigation; the Columbian pipeline litigation; MMR; Sabril; Seroxat; Sudan Red; the Shiley Heart Valve; Lariam; Prozac; Norplant contraceptive implants; Benzodiazepines; Minocin; the tobacco litigation; the sheep dip litigation; the Barlow Clowes litigation; drink contamination/product recall claims; mesothelioma/asbestosis claims; contaminated water claims; the interest rate swap litigation; mine radiation claims; holiday claims. Also has significant experience of major inquiries and inquests, having appeared at: the Potters Bar Inquest; the Kings Cross Fire Inquiry; the Clapham Rail Accident Inquiry; the Severn Tunnel Rail Accident Inquiry; reported cases include: The Atomic Veterans Litigation – limitation – causation; The Abidjan Personal Injury Litigation; Dalkia v Celtech – breach – penalty clauses, rectification construction; Arkin v Bourchard – costs liabilities – third party funders; FA de Muynck v Fouha – guarantees – contractual construction; Nash v Eli Lilly & Co, limitation of action – group actions – personal injuries – power to override time limits; West Wiltshire District Council v Garland, negligence – duty of care – district auditor; Connelly v RTZ Corp Plc and Another, practice – stay of proceedings – foreign causes of action – appropriate forum – legal aid factor; Hodgson and Others v Imperial Tobacco Ltd and Others, costs – conditional fees – order for costs – interlocutory application; Lubbe v Cape Plc – publication of proceedings in chambers; Lubbe v Cope Plc (HL) – practice – jurisdiction – group action; Bass Britvic v Terra – sale of goods – product recall – damages. Bacardi v Terra – duty of care – economic law; UCC v Todd Construction – damages – mitigation – contract.


Called 1984; publications: ‘Group Action in Product Liability Law and Insurance’; QC 2001; Recorder 2001; head of chambers 2007. Bencher of the Inner Temple. Accredited mediator.


London Commercial and Common Law Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.


BA Hons Classics, Dunelm; Dip Law London.

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersRightly recognised as a big beast in product liability cases.

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Within: Environment – Leading silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersAn environmental group actions expert.

Within: Environment

Members of Henderson Chambers specialise in large-scale environmental group actions, including acting on both sides of the Volkswagen emissions litigation. Geraint Webb QC was instructed in Lungowe v Verdanta, a major environmental pollution claim arising from mining activities in Zambia; Charles Gibson QC and Oliver Campbell QC successfully defended BP in oil pipe nuisance, environmental and property damage claims in the Colombian Farmers/OCENSA Pipeline litigation.

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Health and safety

Within: Health and safety – Leading silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersHe has an outstanding manner and is on top of all the key issues in a case.

Within: Health and safety

Henderson Chambers is a ‘heavyweight for health and safety cases’ that is ‘strong at silk and junior levels’ thanks to a ‘team of incredibly talented barristers’ including Prashant Popat QC, Charles Gibson QC and Oliver Campbell QC. Noteworthy instructions include handling the Hanover Square window frame collapse manslaughter prosecution, advising on the Star Wars prosecution relating to on-set injuries, and advising on the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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Product liability

Within: Product liability – Leading silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersTenacious in defence of his client. He cannot be faulted.

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