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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: Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersA standout QC.

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Within: Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersA leading light for environmental group actions.

Within: Environment

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.

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Health and safety

Within: Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersVery experienced in cases involving the railway and power sectors.

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Product liability

Within: Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersA great team leader and very good strategic thinker.

Within: Product liability

'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.

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