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.
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.
Representative casesgrid list
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
R v Foodles (2017)
Instructed in a high-profile health and safety prosecution arising out of the injuries suffered by Harrison Ford while filming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, when he was struck by a fast-closing door on a set constructed to appear as the Millennium Falcon.
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
Call: 2010 (Solicitor: 2008)