Cornerstone Barristers

Gerard Forlin QC

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Practice Areas

Gerard Forlin QC's broad practice covers civil, criminal and commercial litigation; environment; fire; corporate governance (including bribery and corruption); major event planning & crowd safety; crisis management; health and safety; aviation; inquests and inquiries; local authority governance and services; and regulatory law.

He is known globally in his various fields of practice and has worked from Vancouver in Canada to Queenstown in New Zealand. Also, from the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in the Antarctic Ocean to Seoul in Korea and Beijing in China. A selection of his areas of practice is set out below.

He has also appeared in court in several jurisdictions across the world and advised numerous other parties from all over the world including airlines, airports, manufacturers, mining companies, water companies and tour companies.

He is also an expert on aviation mental health regulatory issues and spoken several times at the Royal Aeronautical Society.

He has also spoken on expert panels on health and safety and environmental law at the International Bar Association annual conferences in Vancouver, Madrid, Rome and Seoul.

Broad Areas of Expertise

•Civil, criminal and commercial litigation and corporate governance and crisis management: Aviation, fire, professional discipline, product liability, consumer crime, commercial fishing, licensing, corruption and bribery, construction, aviation, transport including railways, fraud, crisis management and inquests.

•Environment: Oil and gas, environmental crime including water pollution and fishing quotas, and waste offences. He also acts for the Environment Agency on policy issues.

•Health and safety inquests and inquiries: Public inquiries, fire, major event planning and crowd safety, human rights and inquests. He has been involved in over 300 fatality cases and has appeared in a number of the major cases in this field in the last ten years, both in the UK and abroad.

•Local authority governance and services: Health and safety, fire, notifiable diseases, healthcare, environmental matters and inquests and inquiries.

•Regulatory law: Corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, disaster litigation, aviation, railways, shipping, regulatory offences and diving.

He was Special Adviser to the Bar Council on the Corporate Manslaughter Bill (2005), Consultant to a recent Global Aviation Concordat on Aviation Safety, as well as Standing Counsel to numerous PLCs, Unions and Government Departments in the UK and abroad. Gerard also acts for Crown Departments on Crown Censure (occasional AG nomination) and is a Consultant to the Army.

He has been appointed to an International Mediation and Arbitration panel of 14 worldwide members for the Royal Aeronautical Society. There are only two QCs on this global panel. He is also Vice-Chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


In the last five years alone Gerard has practised, lectured or consulted in over thirty five countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Germany, Korea, The British Virgin Islands, China, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, Malaysia, the Middle East, the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Ireland, the Falklands and many other jurisdictions.

Between 2015 and 2018, Gerard undertook a series of lectures for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UN and ASEAN on the UK Bribery Act in Australia and all over Asia. He is conducting further lectures in 2019. In 2019, he gave over 40 lectures to various Companies, Government Departments and Regulators. He has spoken in Hungary, Kazakhstan, Korea and Australia. He has also published a series of articles on Health and Safety, ISO 45001 and other regulatory fields. There are more planned in 2020 and 2021 in Australia, Japan, Europe and elsewhere.

He is also an actor and scriptwriter and often does court room mock trials for private clients, including Government Departments.


Gerard Forlin was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010 in both the Civil and Criminal law sections.

In the last few years, he has been ranked in no fewer than six areas in the leading independent directories including: Health and Safety, Product Liability, Crime, Public Inquiries and Inquests, Consumer Law and Environmental Law. He was also awarded the title of Regulatory Barrister of the Year in 2015 and 2016.


London School of Economics, LLB (Hons) and LLM.

Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, M.Phil.

University College London, Diploma in Air and Space Law.

Professional Memberships

Global legal panel of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Member of Denman Chambers Sydney, and until very recently a tenant in Maxwell Chambers Singapore. Called in the BVI.


Gerard has published over 100 articles and authored 'Corporate Liability: work-related deaths and criminal prosecutions (3rd Edition) Bloomsbury (2014)'. The 4th edition will be published in 2021.

He is a regular spokesperson on disaster matters and regulatory matters on TV and radio channels such as CNN, BBC, ITV, Sky and numerous newspapers all over the world.


Conversational French and Italian.

Actor and scriptwriter.


Gerard acts for global companies and organisations, local authorities, public bodies and individuals through direct access.

In particular, Gerard has acted for many of the major UK companies (retail, manufacturing, aviation, transport, tour companies, sporting including F1), regarding various regulatory matters. He has also acted for numerous local authorities and individuals.

He is currently also acting for the majority of the families in the pending inquest into the Shoreham Air Crash when eleven men died after a jet aircraft crashed on a road near Brighton in Sussex in the UK.

Work Highlights

Gerard has acted on some of the most high-profile regulatory and health and safety cases in the last 10 years, both in the UK and internationally, including:

•Grenfell Tower inquiry

•Watford Train Crash

•Southall Train Crash

•Paddington Train Crash

•Hillgrove School/James Porter: Leading Case on "Risk"

•The DVT Litigation

•Teebay Train Disaster

•Barrow Legionnaires Case

•Hatfield Train Crash

•Purley Train Crash

•Faversham Coach Crash

•Britannia Air Crash

•Lift fatality in the City of London – acting for ThyssenKrupp

•Inquest in the Falklands (death in South Georgia)

•Recently involved in a high profile regulatory fishing case in the Falklands

•Alton Towers

•Acting in a global Helicopter regulatory matter

•Currently retained in the MH370 aviation disaster case in Asia

•IICSA Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse

•The Shoreham Airshow Disaster

•Advising on the Notting Hill Carnival and other major sporting and other events

•A large scale commercial case for a series of local authorities with regulatory implications

•Motorsports cases

•Test case on the CDM regulations 2015

Languages Spoken

English; French; Italian (conversational)