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Kathleen Donnelly

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Henderson Chambers (Chambers of Charles Gibson QC)


Kathleen specialises in commercial, health safety and environment, and employment law. Her high profile cases include the OCENSA pipeline group action, the Stirling Mortimer fraud litigation, the Potters Bar Rail inquest and the Buncefield Oil Depot litigation. Her representative cases include Autoclenz and Westwood (employee and worker status), JB v African Development Bank (legitimate expectations in the international civil service), Back Office v Percival (corporate liability for contempt), and WXY v Burby (privacy harassment and injunctive relief). She has particular expertise in restrictive covenants, contractual disputes, economic torts and complex discrimination claims.


Qualified 2005; Lincoln’s Inn (Hardwicke and Buchanan scholar); worked as research assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales.


Oriel College, Oxford University (BA Hons Jurisprudence); Queens College, Cambridge University (LLM International and Commercial Law).

London Bar


Within: Leading Juniors

Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson Chambers ‘ Excellent advocate with tenacious attention to detail on complex cases. ’

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Within: Leading Juniors

Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson Chambers ‘ A good advocate who is excellent with clients and easy to work with. ’

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 Juniors

Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson Chambers ‘ An excellent advocate with tenacious attention to detail. ’

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