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2 Bedford Row

Health & Safety

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Instructing solicitors praise 2 Bedford Row as a go-to set for health and safety matters, noting that the chambers "offers a real breadth and depth of expertise in this area." Members are particularly experienced in the prosecution and defence of corporate manslaughter and individual gross negligence manslaughter cases, and have recently been instructed in matters arising from construction deaths and rail accidents. The team is also regularly called upon to act for and advise clients on cases involving the Regulatory Reform Act and complex prosecutions relating to breaches of fire safety. The set's enviable client list includes major corporations and their directors, as well as the HSE, the ORR and fire and rescue authorities.

Client service:

"The clerks are really helpful and they go above and beyond to make things happen. They're brilliant." John Grimmer is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Andrew McGee
Acts for both the prosecution and the defence in an array of complex criminal and regulatory cases within the remit of health and safety. He is also an expert at handling gross negligence manslaughter allegations. McGee has appeared at all levels of the court system including the Supreme Court.
"Very knowledgeable, and his drafting is incredible." "A highly effective advocate."

Strengths:

Christine Agnew QC
Regularly prosecutes for the HSE in matters concerning serious and fatal accidents. She has notable expertise handling cases involving gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and serious regulatory breaches.
"Extremely knowledgeable and a real team player who rolls up her sleeves and gets stuck in." "She is robust but calm when dealing with difficult judges and opponents."
Recent work: Part of the team prosecuting the match commander on duty at the Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

Strengths:

Craig Rush
Handles an array of regulatory matters and has been instructed in numerous health and safety cases across a range of sectors. He is also regularly called upon to undertake complex cases for the Care Quality Commission and HSE. He has particular experience of defending major companies in HSE prosecutions arising from fatal accidents and severe injury incidents occurring on site.
"A wonderfully talented advocate with very good judgement." "He's a natural advocate and extremely capable before a jury."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of two property developers charged with gross negligence manslaughter relating to a fatal incident in which a carpenter died after falling from height.

Strengths:

Eleanor Sanderson
Focuses her practice on the defence of companies and individuals in severe non-fatal cases, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. She is also highly expert at representing clients in inquests. Sanderson handles matters involving fire safety and has been instructed to appear in high-profile inquests including the Hillsborough inquest.
"A classy advocate who is very smart and great to work with. She gets the job done quickly and efficiently." "Extremely bright and very thorough." "She is technically very sound, her judgement is very good and she is a measured and thoughtful advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a UK subsidiary of US commercial real estate company Cushman and Wakefield in a prosecution for health and safety failings after a young woman was killed by debris falling from a building.

Strengths:

Jim Sturman QC
An advocate with an enviable reputation who defends large companies in connection with health and safety matters, many of which involve fatalities. He is an expert in major investigations into regulatory breaches and regularly handles cases involving manslaughter by gross negligence.
"A very impressive practitioner who works phenomenally hard and is an exceptionally good advocate." "Very tactical and knows how to get a good deal. He's pragmatic and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for the owners of Drayton Manor Park in an inquest and HSE investigation into the death of an 11-year-old who died on one of the rides.

Strengths:

Quentin Hunt
Instructed in both the prosecution and defence of investigations and prosecutions arising out of fatal and non-fatal accidents. He represents companies, individuals and government bodies under investigation by regulatory bodies or the police. Hunt takes a particular interest in cases involving public interest and is noted for being highly skilled at cases concerning accidents occurring at construction sites.
"A fair and experienced barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the ORR in a prosecution brought against London Underground and Balfour Beatty Rail relating to a serious accident in which operator of a road-rail vehicle was seriously injured.

Strengths:

Shauna Ritchie
Handles health and safety law along with a diet of general criminal matters. She is regularly instructed to undertake both prosecution and defence matters involving fatal and non-fatal incidents. Ritchie also has considerable expertise in cases involving hazardous substances, particularly asbestos, and is regularly instructed to undertake inquests arising out of work-related deaths.
"A barrister with first-class advocacy skills who will stop at nothing to ensure justice is achieved. Her handling of difficult witnesses and ability to adapt while on her feet is simply outstanding." "She is a fantastic advocate and is extremely hard-working."
Recent work: Acted as counsel for the Crown in the prosecution of a roofing company and its director for breaches of the HSWA and working at height regulations following the death of an employee.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Health & Safety


Christine Agnew QC
Band 3
Jim Sturman QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Health & Safety


Andrew McGee
Band 2
Craig Rush
Band 2
Eleanor Sanderson
Band 2
Quentin Hunt
Band 3