Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Group Litigation - All Circuits
Charles Gibson QC is a highly respected barrister specialising in a range of group litigation actions. He is often sought out for his expertise in handling environmental law disputes and mass torts.
Strengths: "He is a true heavyweight in the area of group litigation and is a brilliant advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Volkswagen in the Emissions Group Litigation.
Environment - London (Bar)
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 worked on significant disputes both domestically and internationally, including a number of disputes arising from energy exploration activities in Africa.
Strengths: "He is an amazing strategist armed with vast experience in group action litigation claims." "He is a brilliant advocate, very good with clients and has very good commercial judgement."
Recent work: Continued to act for VW Group in claims arising out of the allegations in respect of emissions.
Product Liability - London (Bar)
Charles Gibson QC is a standout silk whose superb practice involves a particular focus on defending corporate clients in cases stemming from faulty medical devices and pharmaceuticals. His expertise also extends to product liability and insurance cases in the food and drink and transport industries. He is readily acknowledged by market sources as a leading practitioner for group actions.
Strengths: "A true heavyweight in this area, a brilliant advocate and a very strong team leader." "He has an excellent way of dealing with clients and just a really easy way of talking about strategy and explaining a way through for the clients."
Recent work: Acted for Johnson & Johnson UK in defence of claims brought against Johnson & Johnson's pelvic organ prolapse products.
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International commercial litigation with an emphasis on large mass tort and group actions, product liability, health and safety, environmental, regulatory and insurance law. Notable cases include: Representing VW in the Diesel Emissions claims; the Seroxat litigation; the Vedanta and Unilever group litigation, parent company, subsidiary jurisdiction claims; OCENSA Pipeline group litigation; Bomu Bonny Pipeline group litigation; Foodles film company Health & Safety prosecution; the Mesh Litigation; The Metal on Metal Hip litigation; the Atomic Veterans litigation; the Buncefield litigation; the Sabril litigation; Lubbe v Cape plc; Hodgson v Imperial Tobacco (the tobacco litigation); Bass Britvic v Terra; the Opren litigation; the Benzodiazepine litigation; Garland v West Wiltshire District Council; The Norplant litigation; the MMR litigation; group actions involving Prozac, Lariam, Minocin, Shiley heart valve, breast implants, drink contamination; the organo-phosphate litigation; the interest rate swap litigation; asbestos claims, mine radiation injury claims; other product liability cases for various manufacturers and producers; the Potters Bar Inquest; the King's Cross and Clapham Inquiries for the London Fire Brigade; the Severn Tunnel Inquiry.
Educated Wellington College; BA Hons Durham (Classics); Dip Law. Called to the Bar 1984. Silk: 2001. Author: 'Group Actions - Product Liability Law and Insurance'. CEDR Accredited Mediator. Bencher of the Inner Temple. Head of Chambers.
PNBA. Common Law and Commercial Bar Association. HSLA.
Born 1960. Married with four children.