Stephen Walsh QC > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings


A specialist in regulatory, coronial and licensing law with broad experience in criminal enforcement. Regulatory practice is   focused on health and safety (primarily fatal accidents in the workplace, major incidents, fire safety, and safety in elite sports and stadia). Prosecuting and defending in a broad range of regulatory cases and representing interested parties and core participants at inquests/public inquiries. Advising regulatory authorities generally on matters of enforcement; advising corporate and individual clients on broad range of regulatory compliance. Licensing expertise encompasses all forms of licensable activities including liquor and entertainment, late night refreshment, sports venues, gambling (terrestrial   and internet), television, firearms, street trading and charities. Providing advice to licensing authorities and all sectors of the leisure and sports industries nationally. Appearing on behalf of applicants, responsible authorities and interested parties before local authorities and  courts throughout England and Wales including applications for judicial review.

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Called to the Bar 1983. QC 2009.


LLB Hons.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Stephen Walsh QCThree Raymond BuildingsStephen is a total master of health and safety law. He has huge experience and authority and is able to guide the client effectively to the right place. He is a superb advocate even before the most challenging tribunals.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Stephen Walsh QCThree Raymond BuildingsStephen cares very deeply about what matters to his clients. He works tirelessly to get the very best results, and is bright, compassionate and with impeccable judgement.

Three Raymond Buildings leverages its criminal and regulatory expertise for complex, sensitive and controversial inquests and inquiries; and the set is sought out for matters concerning the police, medical negligence, product liability, industrial disease, fatal workplace accidents and criminal/terrorist activities. Stephen Walsh QC leads a team of juniors, including Sarah Le Fevre, in representing the London Fire Brigade at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; and Richard Horwell QC and Patrick Gibbs QC (leading Reka Hollos) represent Greater Manchester Police and the British Transport Police, respectively, at the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquest. Further strengthening the set, Clair Dobbin QC took silk in 2021.

London Bar > Licensing

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Walsh QCThree Raymond BuildingsStephen provides very balanced and pragmatic advice, understands the industry completely.

Described as ‘the leading set for licensing,’ the barristers at Three Raymond Buildings advise and represent clients across a full range of areas, including alcohol and entertainment, gambling, security, taxis and private hire. Michael Bromley-Martin QC successfully re-secured the premises licence for the Eastern Electrics Music Festival in opposition to objections from the Licensing Authority and the Metropolitan Police. Stephen Walsh QC is currently advising and representing the operators of Aspers Casino Stratford in varying the terms of their gambling licence. Members are involved in work concerning restaurants, with Matthew Butt QC and Saba Naqshbandi having represented Coya and Le Deli Robuchon respectively.