Leila Ghahhary > 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

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)

Position

‘A skilled advocate with excellent experience in this field. She has represented both public authorities and the bereaved in numerous high-profile inquests and inquiries, including the fresh Hillsborough inquests. She also appeared on the Gosport Independent Panel’ Chambers and Partners, 2021

‘I would not hesitate to recommend her as she is excellent with clients and has a commanding presence on her feet in court.’ ‘Leila Ghahhary is extremely bright, thorough and meticulous; her analytical skills are second to none, as is her knowledge of public and regulatory law.’ ‘She is very sharp, delightful with solicitors and clients, and determined and fair in court. She’s also meticulously well prepared.’  Chambers and Partners, 2021

“A ‘commanding and authoritative presence on her feet’, Leila Ghahhary  is also one to watch in this area of practice”  Legal 500, 2021

Leila is an exceptional find! She has a background in local authority work which ideally suits some of the issues that arise in inquests and inquiries. Leila is an extremely competent advocate, compelling and impressive on her feet, always meticulously prepared and provides her clients with utmost confidence.’  Legal 500, 2021

Ranked as a leading junior in Business and Regulatory Crime:

Leila is becoming a true expert in this field. Her background is superbly suited to the difficult and unusual regulations that appear in many cases. She is an absolute delight to work with and often has razor-like insight into complex cases. Her client care is second to none and she is always a real help.’  Legal 500, 2021

‘She has good judgement and a commanding presence in court’ Legal 500, 2020

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.

Career

Called 2010; Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Memberships

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

Education

LLB (Hons)
LLM
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 2

Leila GhahharyLincoln House ChambersLeila is becoming a true expert in this field. Her background is superbly suited to the difficult and unusual regulations that appear in many cases. She is an absolute delight to work with and often has razor-like insight into complex cases. Her client care is second to none and she is always a real help.

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 2

Leila GhahharyLincoln House ChambersLeila is an exceptional find! She has a background in local authority work which ideally suits some of the issues that arise in inquests and inquiries. Leila is an extremely competent advocate, compelling and impressive on her feet, always meticulously prepared and provides her clients with utmost confidence.

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.