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The barristers at Outer Temple Chambers are well regarded for their expert handling of prosecutions arising from a wide range of health and safety offences. The set houses considerable experience in cases arising from maritime accidents, and its members are regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend complex prosecutions brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Authority. Cases involving fatal rail crashes and fires also form a key part of the set's practice, and several of the set's tenants recently acted for core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Additional areas of strength for the team include gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter cases, as well as complex HSE investigations.
"The clerks are commercial, responsive and willing to be flexible. They're pragmatic and decent people." "They look after their clients very well." "Practice director Nicholas Levett really goes the extra mile and makes everything very easy." David Smith is the practice director for business matters.
Ben Compton QC
A heavyweight practitioner who is instructed in major disaster cases, representing company directors and corporate defendants. He has an enviable clientele of leading construction companies, retailers and corporations. Compton is noted for his work in corporate manslaughter and gross manslaughter cases.
"He explains client strategy effectively and he's always on top of the brief. An outstanding silk." "He's absolutely phenomenal - he's extremely good on his feet and really good tactically." "He's immensely experienced and has a fantastic manner with clients."
Recent work: Acting on behalf of Robinson & Birdsell, specialist explosive experts, in relation to the collapse of Didcot Power Station.
Frequently leads in highly complex health and safety cases, acting on behalf of large multinational corporations and company directors. His areas of expertise also include workplace fatalities and corporate manslaughter cases. Leonard has represented household names including the BBC, npower and Vodafone.
"A go-to barrister with brilliant client care skills and excellent attention to detail. He goes the extra mile." "An excellent barrister who not only brings a wealth of experience, but also an indispensable commercial awareness which allows him to deal effectively with even the most complex and challenging of circumstances."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Vue Entertainment in an inquest into the death of a man who died under an electronic seat in a cinema.
Manages a diverse caseload incorporating both corporate crime and health and safety cases. He handles a large volume of cases on behalf of individuals and company directors facing prosecution for health and safety offences involving serious injury or fatalities. His clients include building contractors, ferry operators and manufacturers.
"A great advocate." "He is calm under pressure, anticipates potential pitfalls and is very convincing in his advocacy."
Recent work: Represented Tesla in an inquest and HSE prosecution in relation to the death of an employee who died following a collision with an overhead gantry crane.