Leila Ghahhary > Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC
Lincoln House Chambers
M3 3BZ

Work Department

Public Inquiries
Judicial Review
Equality and Human Rights Health
and Safety Licensing
Trading Standards / Consumer Protection
Food Safety
Environmental Protection
Professional Disciplinary
Housing, Planning and Highways


 Leila is an established and well-regarded junior who specialises in public, regulatory and common law.

Leila is regularly instructed to represent and advise local and central government departments, individuals and, a variety of public and private organisations before a range of UK courts, tribunals and constitutional panels across a multitude of legal areas and issues arising under public law, regulatory law and common law including:

  • Public Inquiries
  • Inquests
  • Judicial Review
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Health and Safety
  • Licensing
  • Trading Standards / Consumer Protection
  • Food Safety
  • Environmental Protection
  • Fraud
  • Professional Disciplinary
  • Housing, Planning and Highways (Enforcement)

Leila has been instructed in matters of national significance such as the Manchester Arena Inquiry, Gosport Independent Panel Inquiry and, the Hillsborough Inquests.

Leila has been appointed onto:

  • The Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel. She regularly receives instructions from the Government Legal Department to represent and advise a variety of government departments on a range of public law and civil matters.
  • The Panel of Specialist Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law providing advice and representation to the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, the Office of Rail and Road, the Care Quality Commission, the Office of Nuclear Regulation and, Natural Resources Wales.
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel providing advice and representation to the Commission on matters relating to equality, public and human rights law.

Prior to joining Lincoln House Chambers, Leila spent 9 years working in-house as a Local Government Lawyer within the Common Law Department of a Greater Manchester Local Authority. The work Leila undertook in this role was varied, complex, voluminous and covered the whole range of common law and statutory and corporate functions of a local authority, in relation to a wide range of legal issues relevant to all departments and levels of seniority within local government. Leila regularly represented the Council conducting court proceedings on a wide range of civil, criminal and regulatory matters, in all manner of courts and tribunals. Since joining the independent Bar, Leila continues to enjoy instructions from many local authorities on all aspects of local government business.

Leila’s experience covers both the enforcement and administrative aspects of Public and Regulatory Law. Leila provides advice and assistance to both prosecution and defence on all aspects and stages of the regulatory enforcement process including: enforcement notices, the investigation, the decision to prosecute, PII and disclosure issues.

Leila accepts instructions on all types of regulatory and public law matters, her practice is not limited to the above list of areas. In this regard, Leila’s background of experience brings to any case the added advantage of first hand understanding of the wider statutory, public law and corporate issues which affect governance in a public law and regulatory arena.

Leila also regularly delivers seminars and provides training to other legal professionals. These training courses are prepared and presented by Leila and have covered a variety of legal areas and issues. In particular she regularly provides such training to Local Government Officers on all stages of criminal investigations, disclosure and the preparation of a case for prosecution. In this regard Leila is accredited in Criminal Investigation Management by the University of Portsmouth.


Called 2010; Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.


Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Criminal Bar Association


LLB (Hons)
Bar Vocational Course
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Inter-provider National Moot Winner

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Leila Ghahhary – Lincoln House ChambersLeila is incredibly approachable and communicative, and it is very easy to develop a positive working relationship with her. Her written and oral advice is both concise and comprehensive, and provided in a manner which is appropriate to the recipient, be that a lay or professional client. She is brilliant on her feet and has a commanding presence in court.’

Lincoln House Chambers’ regulatory team has substantial expertise in handling both prosecution and defence work in Environment Agency, Trading Standards and DEFRA cases, as well as health and safety cases, including death in custody inquests and gross negligence manslaughter matters. Health and safety enforcement specialist Austin Welch represents clients from the construction, retail and transport industries and is defending Eddie Stobart Ltd in a prosecution relating to asbestos exposure. Leila Ghahhary’s practice focuses on local government, regulatory, health and safety, trading standards and licensing matters. Lee Hughes has a strong health and safety practice, handling cases involving fatalities. Craig Hassall KC joined the set from Park Square Barristers Ltd. in August 2021.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Leila Ghahhary – Lincoln House ChambersLeila is a superb leading junior in inquests and inquiries. She is a highly skilled advocate who presents well-reasoned arguments, captures the attention of the tribunal and always considers the bigger picture. She is meticulous in terms of approach and a fantastic team-player who will take on board the views of others.’

The members at Lincoln House Chambers provide a ‘strong offering’ as well as ‘clear strength in depth’Kate Blackwell KC is a prominent member of the set, handling major, high-profile inquiries. Austin Welch‘s strong practice includes work for both companies and individuals. Welch also has a particular focus on inquests and inquiries regarding health and safety issues, and has been instructed on the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse. The set is also home to Leila Ghahhary, who has a thriving inquiries practice.