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Henderson Chambers

Health & Safety

7 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Henderson Chambers maintains its reputation as a leading set for complex and high-profile health and safety matters, drawing praise from instructing solicitors who note that the chambers has "a good breadth of expertise at both the senior and junior ends." Members are regularly called upon to represent defendant corporations in inquests and prosecutions arising from fatal accidents and breaches of the HSWA and Fire Safety Regulations. The team is also instructed by the HSE and other regulatory bodies, and has appeared in several of the most high-profile matters of recent years, such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the investigation into the Didcot Power Station collapse.

Client service:

"The clerks are really, really good. They deal with any concerns about fees really professionally and quickly and they are very responsive. They always get back to you very quickly." Jason Housden is the chambers director.

Strengths:

Andrew Kinnier QC
Andrew Kinnier QC handles a wide range of cases in the health and safety field. He is particularly adept at handling matters arising in the construction and railway sectors. He frequently acts for his clients at inquests.
"He is very impressive and great to deal with." "A diligent and measured advocate."
Recent work: Represented Laing O'Rourke, a construction organisation, in an HSE prosecution arising from a fatality at the Francis Crick Institute.

Strengths:

Angus Withington QC
Angus Withington QC is a health and safety practitioner who is particularly adept at representing clients in the construction sector in HSE investigations and prosecutions. He regularly handles matters stemming from accidents leading to death and catastrophic injury. He is frequently called upon to prosecute claims involving fire safety issues.
"Able to take on board large amounts of information quickly and provides excellent advice." "He is approachable and very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of K J Pickering in an HSE prosecution arising from the death of a workman who was working on the company director's private property.

Strengths:

Kathleen Donnelly
Kathleen Donnelly is a respected health and safety barrister with notable experience representing companies in prosecutions and various regulatory matters stemming from incidents leading to death or serious injury. She has also acted for local authorities in sensitive health and safety-related inquests.
"She is extremely dedicated, hard-working and very focused. She is also adept at getting to grips with the heart of the issues." "Has absolute attention to detail and is smart and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Sager Construction in proceedings following an accident at the former North London Mail Centre.

Strengths:

Oliver Campbell QC
Oliver Campbell QC is a revered silk who has a fine reputation in the health and safety field and is involved in high-profile cases. He is an expert in fatal accident and corporate manslaughter cases. Campbell is noted for his representation of clients facing prosecution, or being under investigation for, incidents relating to fire safety and property damage.
"He has a big market presence and a very good reputation." "A dogged advocate who has great judgement." "Focused, very analytical, and clients like him a lot. He is also very commercial and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Wilson James in an HSE prosection arising out of a fatality during work to the BBC World building in White City.

Strengths:

Prashant Popat QC
Prashant Popat QC is an esteemed silk specialising in health and safety and product liability cases, who regularly acts in high-profile corporate and individual manslaughter prosecutions. He is nationally acclaimed for his ability to successfully undertake the most complex cases including the Didcot Power Station investigation. His list of clients includes large corporates such as Network Rail and Thames Water, fire services and local government authorities.
"Very sophisticated and has an exceptional understanding of the transport sector. He is the silk of choice for anything contentious." "He is a force to be reckoned with and an exceptionally bright advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Hawkins, Dixon and MPM, a gross negligence manslaughter prosecution arising from a fatality at Eastbourne Pier.

Strengths:

Tim Green QC
Tim Green QC has considerable experience defending and prosecuting organisations in health and safety matters. He is well regarded for his handling of cases arising from breaches of the HSWA, breaches of Fire Safety Regulations and fatal accidents. He regularly represents the HSE and several local authorities, as well as public and private corporations.
"He is well respected in his field, excellent with the detail, a strong advocate and good at applying complex law to factual situations." "A very good advocate - he holds his own in court and has a lot of gravitas." "He does have real expertise and is genuinely a specialist in this area."
Recent work: Acts for a very large corporation in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Strengths:

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Toby Riley-Smith QC is an experienced litigator who is regularly called upon to represent multinational corporations and government bodies. Riley-Smith is also routinely instructed to represent individuals at inquests.
"Impressive in court, incredibly bright and very thorough in his preparation." "He is a standout individual - he has a fantastic, really great analytical brain."
Recent work: Acted for Whirlpool Corporation in the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Health & Safety

Henderson Chambers

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Location

2 Harcourt Buildings (Ground Floor)

Temple

London

Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Health & Safety


Andrew Kinnier QC
Band 3
Angus Withington QC
New Silks
Oliver Campbell QC
Band 1
Prashant Popat QC
Star Individuals
Tim Green QC
New Silks
Toby Riley-Smith QC
Band 3

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