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Henderson Chambers maintains its reputation as a leading set for complex and high-profile health and safety matters. Instructing solicitors praise the chambers as "a go-to set which houses significant expertise at all levels of seniority," and note that its barristers are "distinguished by their capacity for hard work." 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 really work with you and are part of the team, which is very important." Jason Housden is the chambers director.
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.
Strengths: "He's very, very knowledgeable in health and safety law and has a lot of experience." "He's incredibly bright, very hard-working and has very good judgement."
Recent work: Acted as counsel to the inquiry in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, advising in relation to construction-related health and safety issues, fire safety issues and the response of the London Fire Brigade.
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.
Strengths: "A very experienced junior." "A good advocate who is also excellent with clients - he has the human personal touch with nervous individuals. He's also very charming, and judges and jurors really like him."
Recent work: Represented Altro Group in an HSE prosecution arising from the fatal asphyxiation of a bathroom installer from an adhesive product.
Charles Gibson QC
Noted for his handling of health and safety prosecutions arising in the building, manufacturing, food and beverage, and entertainment sectors. He represents public bodies and large corporations, and regularly appears in major inquiries.
Strengths: "Provides helpful advice and is easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for Foodles Productions UK in a health and safety prosecution arising out of the injuries suffered by Harrison Ford when he was struck by a fast closing door while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
A respected health and safety lawyer 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.
Strengths: "She's excellent - very organised and a formidable advocate." "She's excellent on her feet and she is a very good source of wisdom in tricky situations with health and safety prosecutions."
Recent work: Represented Portsmouth City Council in the inquest into the death of a cyclist who crashed at the Mountbatten Centre velodrome in Portsmouth.
Oliver Campbell QC
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.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate." "He is calm under pressure, very self-assured and understated." "His written advocacy is the best I have ever seen. He makes superb arguments."
Recent work: Instructed in a manslaughter prosecution arising out of work done to Eastbourne Pier following the major fire.
Prashant Popat QC
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.
Strengths: "He's excellent - a top silk in this area. He's responsive and knowledgeable." "He is intelligent, insightful, and his encyclopedic knowledge makes him a first choice for any transport services incident." "He's very measured and has good judgement."
Recent work: Represented B&A in an HSE prosecution concerning the explosion at the Chevron refinery which resulted in the deaths of four individuals.
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.
Strengths: "He is highly experienced and has sound judgement in the most difficult of cases. He has the ability to provide very difficult advice to clients and delivers great results." "He has a good eye for detail and is able to quickly get to the heart of issues."
Recent work: Defended the Port of London Authority against allegations of serious health and safety failings following the sinking of a Thames tugboat and the death of a crew member.
Toby Riley-Smith QC
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.
Strengths: "He works phenomenally hard and always masters his brief. He's very well prepared, organised and a delight to work with." "His knowledge of inquests in particular should be called out as exceptional." "He is a very good team player when there are multiple defendants. He goes above and beyond."
Recent work: Acted for Tesco in a prosection brought by the London Borough of Havering following a fatal accident at its Dagenham distribution centre in 2015.