Henderson Chambers

Environment Department

London (Bar)
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Henderson Chambers is notable for its handling of well-publicised group actions, including those regarding widespread environmental damage arising from oil and mining activities. Members regularly act for household-name corporate defendants. One impressed interviewee says: "The barristers are commercially minded in their approach, using the legal elements to support clients' problems."

Client service: "The clerks always bend over backwards to help." Daniel Kemp is senior practice manager.

Charles Gibson QC
An effective silk for large mass tort and group action claims who has appeared in many large and demanding cases defending corporations against claims of environmental damage. He has recently worked on a number of disputes arising from energy exploration activities in Africa.
Strengths: "He has an amazing court presence and is a genuine leader of the team."
Recent work: Acted in a group action regarding allegations of damage to the environment following the VW emissions scandal.

Geraint Webb QC
A highly experienced silk who has defended clients in leading environmental mass tort cases, including claims relating to environmental damage caused by mining and oil operations. Many of his instructions are international in origin.
Strengths: "Very on the ball and knowledgeable about technical issues."
Recent work: Continued to act for Vedanta and its Zambian subsidiary, KCM, in a group action concerning alleged environmental damage, personal injury and water pollution as a result of the operation of a copper mine in Zambia.

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Specialises in the civil and criminal elements of cases relating to environmental disasters. He is an expert on nuisance and pollution claims linked to explosions, flooding and waste operations.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough preparation and compelling and sympathetic advocacy."
Recent work: Instructed to defend BP in claims for compensation by the families of two employees who were killed in a terrorist attack on a gas plant in Algeria.