Austin Welch > Chambers of Andrew Thomas QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Thomas QC
Lincoln House Chambers
TOWER 12, BRIDGE STREET, SPINNINGFIELDS
MANCHESTER
M3 3BZ
England

Work Department

Environmental Law
Health and Safety
Inquests
Professional Disciplinary
Regulatory

Position

“A very personable barrister.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021 – Health and Safety

“All the qualities you expect in the best barristers – he is meticulous, a great tactician and confident on his feet. He combines all this with a very personable approach, and my clients can’t speak highly enough of him.” “Austin’s capacity for hard work is mind-blowing. He has a diverse practice and is handling high-level and large-scale work.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021 – Inquests and Public Inquiries

“Very knowledgeable; his written and oral advocacy is top class. He is very patient and understanding with clients. A very capable lawyer and is very generous with his time. He has a very good track record.“ – Legal 500, 2021 – Regulatory – Tier 1

A committed and exceptionally talented barrister; without doubt a future QC. He is meticulous in his approach to the case and excellent with the client, he was reassuring, confident and worked hard to ensure a positive outcome for the client.”– Legal 500, 2021 – Inquests and Inquiries – Tier 1

Combines superb client care with fantastic technical ability”– Legal 500, 2020 – Inquests and Inquiries – Tier 1

His client care skills are second to none”– Legal 500, 2020 – Regulatory, Health & Safety and Licensing – Tier 1

“An excellent tactician who is persuasive on his feet.” – Legal 500, 2019 – Inquests and Inquiries

 “He combines fantastic technical ability with great client care skills.” – Legal 500, 2019 – Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing

 “Knowledgeable and approachable.” “Very thorough.” – Chambers and Partners 2019 – Health and Safety

“His legal, tactical and presentational abilities are excellent.” – Legal 500, 2018 – Inquests and Inquiries

Austin Welch is a specialist in regulatory law, focusing on health and safety, environmental law, inquests and professional discipline.

Austin represents clients in relation to health and safety, fire safety, food safety, environmental and product safety offences. He is regularly instructed to represent companies and individuals charged with regulatory offences in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court.  Austin is experienced in representing clients from a wide variety of industries and is known for providing clear, commercial advice.

Austin also represents clients in public inquiries and inquests, particularly those involving health and safety issues. He has appeared in some of the most high profile and complex inquests and public inquiries in recent years and represents companies, individuals and family members who are granted interested person or core participant status.

As a member of the Regulatory List, Austin is instructed by the HSE and Environment Agency to prosecute health and safety and environmental law cases. Austin is also a member of the Attorney-General’s  List of Counsel and is regularly instructed to represent government departments in complex Article 2 inquests.

Austin is recognised by the leading legal directories as being a leading junior in health and safety law, inquests and public inquiries.

Austin represents medical professionals in disciplinary proceedings brought by the GMC. He regularly appears on behalf of doctors in fitness to practice proceedings in the MPTS as well as other professionals charged with disciplinary offences by their regulators. Austin also has significant experience in representing police officers in disciplinary and criminal proceedings.

Austin is also able to draw on his knowledge and experience of coronial law to represent doctors, nurses, police officers and other professionals in inquests.

Career

Called 2005; tenant Lincoln House Chambers 2010 to date. Before being called to the Bar Austin was a commercial solicitor at an international law firm in the City of London. Austin also worked for the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Memberships

Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Northern Circuit

Education

University Of Leeds (LLB (Hons)); The College of Law, Chester (LPC); Manchester Metropolitan University (BVC); Queen Mother Scholarship awarded by the Middle Temple.

Leisure

Mountain biking, attending live music, the cinema, going to the gym.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Austin WelchLincoln House ChambersMr Welch is very knowledgeable; his written and oral advocacy is top class. He is very patient and understanding with clients. A very capable lawyer and is very generous with his time. He has a very good track record.

A top-drawer set‘, Lincoln House Chambers is a first-choice for business and regulatory crime matters. ‘At every level, they have quality barristers and a depth of choice many other chambers don’t have. It is evident they have a robust policy on new tenants and pupils as right down to that level they exude quality.Austin Welch has a particular focus on health and safety in the construction and waste industries as well as a growing practice representing clients in relation to food safety offences. Of recent note, he is instructed to represent three families of those killed in the Manchester Arena bombing. A former local government lawyer, Leila Ghahhary is also adept at regulatory and health and safety matters and has recently been instructed to advise in several large scale, national trading standards investigations. Having made a smooth transition from the solicitors’ profession to the Bar, Lee Huges is considered a rising star in health and safety matters.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Austin WelchLincoln House ChambersA committed and exceptionally talented barrister; without doubt a future QC. He is meticulous in his approach to the case and excellent with the client, he was reassuring, confident and worked hard to ensure a positive outcome for the client.

Lincoln House Chambers‘ inquest work is aided by its expertise in regulatory matters and disciplinary cases involving medical professionals. Eight members of the team are currently acting in the Manchester Bombing Arena inquiry, including Austin Welch, who represents three bereaved families. He is also instructed by the former lead investigator in the inquiry regarding the institutional response to allegations of child sexual abuse by Lord Janner. Welch has particular experience in inquests that involve health and safety issues. A ‘commanding and authoritative presence on her feet‘, Leila Ghahhary  is also one to watch in this area of practice.