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Henderson Chambers

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Head of Chambers: Charles Gibson QC
Chief Clerk:
John White
Senior Practice Manager: Daniel Kemp
Tenants: 47


THE CHAMBERS
Henderson Chambers provides advice and representation over a wide range of practice areas and market sectors. The main focus is civil and commercial litigation including international and domestic group actions. Chambers is recognised as a leading set, in product liability and group actions, health and safety, consumer law, European, environmental law and public procurement.
Additional practice areas with leading silks and junior rankings, include: inquests and public inquiries, insurance law, IT, professional discipline and real estate and commercial litigation. Members of Chambers act for multinational organisations, foreign and domestic corporations, financial services associations, government departments and agencies, local authorities, professional bodies, SME’s, and individuals in contentious and noncontentious matters. For the past 30 years, Chambers has provided specialist European expertise and senior members practice in, Brussels, Madrid, and the Turks and Caicos. Since 1992 all pupils have had the opportunity to undertake part of their pupillage in Brussels and from the Turks and Caicos since 2017. Chambers remains dedicated to providing a high standard of client care which has been consistently recognised by Chambers UK.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Product Liability & Group Actions:
Chambers has an unrivalled position in product liability, having maintained its top ranking in the legal directories for over 25 years. During that time, members of chambers have been instructed in many of the most significant unitary cases, group actions and commercial claims in respect of allegedly defective products including consumer goods, cosmetics, food, industrial machinery, medical devices, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals and white goods. Current group litigation includes, VW Emissions and Seroxat.

Health & Safety & Environment: Widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in these fields, the set covers all aspects of environmental law and health and safety litigation, including prosecutions for corporate manslaughter, infringements of health and safety legislation, environmental and waste prosecutions. Recent work in this area includes acting for one of the major train operating companies in a three week Crown Court trial; a number of Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; acting in the first prosecution of its kind brought against a sporting governing body for alleged H&S breaches following a fatal accident; successfully defending private landowners in a landmark private prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act.

Banking, Finance & Consumer Credit: Chambers has extensive expertise in the law regulating consumerdriven group litigation involving financial products, financial services, asset finance, credit services, debt recovery, issues of title, consumer protection and consumer credit.

Commercial, Insurance & Arbitration: Chambers have particular sector expertise to the handling of complex commercial claims. In recent years they have been instructed in heavyweight and high-profile cases, involving insurance, property damage, life sciences, oil and gas, banking and financial services, automotive, IT and telecoms, transportation and in the design manufacture and supply of products. Recent work includes the Post Office Group litigation, in particular the developing area of relational contracts and a wide range of legal issues on incorporation of standard terms, unfair contract terms and implied terms. Micula v Romania, a significant decision for all those in the arbitration community, particularly those that work on ICSID matters.

Employment Law: Chambers has a long and established practice in the field of employment law acting for both employers and employees. It has particular expertise in restraint of trade and breach of confidence; wrongful dismissal and related contractual claims; unfair dismissal claims; sex, race and disability discrimination claims; redundancy; TUPE; re-structuring and EC employment law.
King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd landmark ECJ judgment concerning working time and a worker’s entitlement to a payment in lieu on termination.

Local Government & Public Law: Henderson Chambers have extensive experience in a wide range of areas of public and administrative law, and also in many other areas of work relevant to local authorities and other statutory bodies, such as property, planning, highways, compulsory purchase, transport, finance and audit, environmental, education, social services, public procurement, employment and pensions.
Work includes acting for the Secretary of State in Catch 22 Bus Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport, where the Traffic Commissioner’s considerations for Licence Holders were addressed.

Property Law: Chambers has a dynamic and innovative property litigation and advisory team with particular strengths in commercial property and development, commercial and residential landlord and tenant, social housing, stock transfers, professional negligence aspects of property law and property damage claims.

Regulatory & Disciplinary Proceedings: Henderson Chambers has a long tradition of practice in the field of regulation and professional discipline and members act as advisers, legal assessors, representatives and advocates, or as members of tribunals. Kenneth Hamer has recently published the Third Edition of his leading textbook ‘Professional Conduct Casebook’.

Technology & IT: For many years Chambers has actively developed innovative remedies in IT and closely related fields, including the rapidly developing area of autonomous vehicles. Using modern technology (including social networking and up to the minute search techniques) to solve the legal problems that arise from it. Providing representation in a claim against Google on behalf of a class of iPhone users (Lloyd v Google) re: breach of data protection rights. Lucy McCormick co-authored ‘The Law & Autonomous Vehicles’.

ADR: Henderson Chambers is committed to offering a full service for dispute management and resolution.

Supreme Court Cases: January to October 2019:
Vedanta Resources PLC and another v Lugowe & others - Citation: [2019] UKSC 20 - Hearing 15-16/01/19 –- Judgment 10/04/19. Issue: procedural appeal about the jurisdiction of the English courts in relation to a group tort claim. It concerns alleged toxic emissions from the Nchanga Copper Mine (‘the Mine’) in Zambia
Shanks v Unilever PLC– Hearing 06-07/02/19, waiting judgment. Issue: What amounts to an ‘outstanding benefit’ for the purposes of determining whether an employee who has made an invention belonging to an employer for which a patent has been granted is entitled to compensation pursuant to s.40(1) of the Patents Act 1977?
Cape Intermediate Ltd -v Dring (for Asbestos Victims Support Groups) - Hearing 18-19/02/19 -- Judgment 29/07/19. Issue: What are the powers of the court pursuant to the Civil Procedure Rules or its inherent jurisdiction to permit access to documents used in litigation to which the applicant was not a party?
Association of Independent Meat Suppliers v Food Standards Agency - Hearing 05/03/19 -- Judgment 24/07/19. Issue: Whether there is a right of appeal against an Official Veterinarian’s assessment of the fitness of meat for human consumption where there is a dispute as to the fitness of the meat for human consumption
Micula & others v Romania - Hearing 18/06/19, adjourned to 07-09/10/19. Issue: Does the High Court have the power to stay the enforcement of an award given in accordance with the procedure in the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID)?
Duval v Randolph Crescent– Hearing 10/10/19. Action concerning the construction of various leasehold covenants

A significant number of publications can be viewed on Henderson Chambers’ website.

Members

Charles Gibson QC (1984) (QC-2001) + A

Richard Mawrey QC (1964) (QC-1986) + A

Peter Susman QC (1966) (QC-1997) + A

Lawrence West QC (1979) (QC-2003) + A

Prashant Popat QC (1992) (QC-2008) A Sir

Alan Dashwood QC (1969) (QC-2010) A

Rhodri Williams QC (1987) (QC-2010) A

Patrick Green QC (1990) (QC-2012) A

Geraint Webb QC (1995) (QC-2013)

Oliver Campbell QC (1992) (QC-2014) A

Malcolm Sheehan QC (1993) A (QC-2015)

Toby Riley-Smith (1995) A (QC-2016)

Andrew Kinnier QC (1996) (QC-2018) A

Kenneth Hamer (1975) + A

William Hibbert (1979)

James Palmer (1983) A

Jonathan Steinert (1986) A

David Brook (1988) A

Julia Smith (1988)

Linda Goldman (1990) A

Angus Withington (1995) A

Tim Green (1996)

Adam Heppinstall (1999) A

Noel Dilworth (2001) A

James Purnell (2002) A

Nazeer A Chowdhury (2002) A

Kathleen Donnelly (2005) A

Abigail Cohen (2005) A

Matthew Richardson (2006)

Henry Warwick (2007)

Jonathan Lewis (2007) A

Thomas Evans (2008)

Lucy McCormick (2008)

Dennis Rosenthal (2009)

Elizabeth Tremayne (2009)

Hannah Curtain (2010)

James Williams (2010)

Rachel Tandy (2010)

Ognjen Miletic (2010)

Chloe Campbell (2011)

George Mallet (2012)

Christopher Adams (2014)

Celia Oldham (2015)

Lia Moses (2014)

Reanne MacKenzie (2016)

Harrison Denner (2016)

Beatrice Graham (2016)

Roger Henderson QC (1964) (QC-1980) + *

Jamie Hill QC (1984) (QC-2006)

Felicia Fenston (1994) *

Prof John Miller (1974) *

Tamara Trefusis (1999) *

Philip Bentley QC (1970) (QC-1991) *

Frank Schoneveld (1992) *

Jeremy Scudamore (1982) *

Natasha Newell (2001) A

+ Recorder * Door Tenant A Public/Direct Access