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Health & Safety

Henderson Chambers is recognised by clients and by legal directories as one of the very leading sets, if not the leading set, for health and safety work. We are true specialists providing excellence in law and advocacy in this field over many years.

Our clients include all the national firms ranked in this field by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, as well as many FTSE100/250 companies and their officers, government departments and regulators.

We have been nominated at Bar Awards in one or more of the award categories in this field every year since 2010. We won Health and Safety Chambers of the Year in 2019 and 2014, and QC of the Year for Health and Safety in 2018 and 2013.

In an unprecedented statement of market confidence in our team, 16 members are currently instructed for the Inquiry or on behalf of Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Henderson Chambers clients will speak of our extensive experience in the following sectors:

  • agriculture
  • construction
  • defence
  • energy
  • entertainment
  • healthcare
  • hospitality
  • manufacturing
  • maritime
  • rail
  • retail
  • transport and logistics
  • waste and environmental
  • sports

In addition to our trial advocacy, we are frequently instructed to advise large and very large organisations and their officers on all aspects of health safety law, compliance and litigation risk often well before an investigation has even begun.

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Representative cases

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  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry (2017 to present)

    In an unprecedented statement of market confidence in our team, 16 members are currently instructed for the Inquiry or on behalf of Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

  • ESRFS v St Michael’s Hospice [2019] EWCA 161

    Defence of hospice following arson by a patient and deaths of three other patients. Appeal against sentence a key Court of Appeal guideline on fire safety.

  • HSE v John Henry and Sons [2019] EWCA Crim 30

    Appeal against sentence arising from collapse of engineering works on ground  workers. Appeal against sentence a key Court of Appeal guideline on the sentencing of large medium and large corporates.

  • Maritime Coast Guard v PLA and 3 others (2019)

    Defence of the Port of London Authority arising from the accidental running over of a tugboat by a barge and death of crew. 7 experts. Obscure maritime law. Unique complexity and sensitivity.

    Link to news item here.

  • British Cycling Trial (2018)

    Represented British Cycling and the Event Organiser in the first prosecution of its kind brought against a sporting governing body for alleged health and safety breaches following a fatal accident at a downhill mountain bike event where a spectator was killed. Both found not guilty by a jury following a 5 week trial.

    Link to news item and press coverage here.

  • R v Paramount and eReco (2018)

    Prosecution arising from a massive explosion at a plant for recycling toner cartridges, which led to multiple injuries. Separately representing each Defendant. the inquest concluded with a conclusion of accidental death.

    Link to press coverage here

Health & Safety Barristers


Charles Gibson QC
Call: 1984 Silk: 2001

Lawrence West QC
Call: 1979 Silk: 2003

Jamie Hill QC (Door Tenant)
Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Prashant Popat QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2008

Rhodri Williams QC
Call: 1987 Silk: 2010

Geraint Webb QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2013

Oliver Campbell QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2014

Malcolm Sheehan QC
Call: 1993 Silk: 2015

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2016

Andrew Kinnier QC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Angus Withington QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2021

Adam Heppinstall QC
Call: 1999 Silk: 2021

Kenneth Hamer
Call: 1975

James Palmer
Call: 1983

Tim Green
Call: 1996

Noel Dilworth
Call: 2001

James Purnell
Call: 2002

Nazeer Chowdhury
Call: 2002

Kathleen Donnelly
Call: 2005

Abigail Cohen
Call: 2005

Lucy McCormick
Call: 2008

Hannah Curtain
Call: 2010

James Williams
Call: 2010 (Solicitor: 2008)

Rachel Tandy
Call: 2010

Ognjen Miletic
Call: 2010

Chloe Campbell
Call: 2011

Christopher Adams
Call: 2014

Lia Moses
Call: 2014

Celia Oldham
Call: 2015

Harrison Denner
Call: 2016

Beatrice Graham
Call: 2016

Freya Foster
Call: 2017

Hazel Jackson
Call: 2017

Ben Norton
Call: 2017

Jack Castle
Call: 2018

Thomas Mallon
Call: 2019

William Moody (Second Six Pupil)
Call: 2020

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