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Health & Safety

Henderson Chambers is widely recognised for its expertise in all aspects of health and safety law and practice, and is consistently ranked as one of the leading sets for health and safety by the legal directories.

Members of Chambers have been instructed in many of the highest profile and most important cases of recent years including, for example, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, prosecutions arising out of the Hatfield and Ladbroke Grove train disasters, the prosecutions and claims arising out of the Buncefield oil depot explosion, the Sellafield sentencing appeal, and the Marks and Spencer asbestos prosecution.

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Henderson Chambers’ Health and Safety group has been awarded Health and Safety Set of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards. Members of chambers have also won individual awards at the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

The work of our health and safety group covers the full range of health and safety cases from high-profile corporate manslaughter prosecutions, to prosecutions under the HSWA, prosecutions of directors, and appeals against improvement and prohibition notices.

As well as advising and representing parties in all forms of criminal prosecution, enforcement proceedings and appeals in all courts and tribunals, our advisory and advocacy work covers private and public law proceedings, non-litigious policy issues, best practice guidance and parliamentary committees.

We provide expert representation for all areas of industry and have particular expertise in transport, agriculture, construction, business, sport and entertainment, healthcare, food and drink, pharmaceutical and the energy sectors.

We regularly advise businesses on corporate structures to ensure they comply with health and safety obligations.

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Representative cases

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  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry (2017-)

    A number of members of chambers, are instructed by parties involved in the Inquiry.

    Including as part of the Counsel to the Inquiry team, and on behalf of other Core Participants.

  • 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

  • ORR v Network Rail (2018)

    Acted for Network Rail in a 3-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court following an incident in which one of its signallers was seriously injured operating a gated level crossing.

    Link to press coverage here.

  • HSE v Haynes Park Science of the Soul (2018)

    HSE prosecution arising out of a fatal accident suffered by a volunteer at a spiritual charity.

    Link to press coverage here

  • HSE Judicial Review

    HSE Judicial Review

    Successfully represented the Health and Safety Executive (the HSE) in a judicial review challenge to a decision that the HSE was entitled to take into account proprietary research data belonging to one manufacturer (constituting testing of veterbrates) in deciding whether any applicant manufacturers of slug pellets should have regulatory authorisation

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

Kenneth Hamer
Call: 1975

James Palmer
Call: 1983

Angus Withington
Call: 1995

Tim Green
Call: 1996

Adam Heppinstall
Call: 1999

Noel Dilworth
Call: 2001

James Purnell
Call: 2002

Nazeer Chowdhury
Call: 2002

Kathleen Donnelly
Call: 2005

Abigail Cohen
Call: 2005

Lucy McCormick
Call: 2008

Elizabeth Tremayne
Call: 2009

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

Ben Norton
Call: 2017

Jack Castle
Call: 2018

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