Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Group Litigation - All Circuits
Oliver Campbell QC boasts a wealth of experience handling all manner of group claims, including data privacy and consumer protection litigation. He has notable expertise concerning representative actions.
Strengths: "He is an enormously reassuring presence in difficult situations and his written work and oral advocacy are outstanding." "He is unflappable, calm and measured."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in the Volkswagen NOx emissions litigation.
Health & Safety - London (Bar)
Oliver Campbell QC is 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: "He has a big market presence and a very good reputation." "A dogged advocate who has great judgement." "Focused, very analytical, and clients like him a lot. He is also very commercial and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Wilson James in an HSE prosection arising out of a fatality during work to the BBC World building in White City.
Product Liability - London (Bar)
Oliver Campbell QC is very experienced in product safety and liability, and has additional expertise in health and safety law. He is regularly instructed in major group actions involving medical devices, vehicle emissions and oil spills. He represents both claimants and defendants, but has particular experience in representing and advising manufacturers.
Strengths: "A top-notch barrister."
Recent work: Instructed in Lloyd v Google, a high-profile representative claim on behalf of a large group of iPhone users against Google relating to the 'Safari Workaround'. It was alleged that Google unlawfully collected data from iPhone users.
Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)
Oliver Campbell QC has a strong track record of appearing in high-profile jury inquests, with particular expertise in cases involving work-related deaths. He is also well regarded for his handling of complex health and safety matters.
Strengths: "A dogged advocate with great judgement."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of US medical device manufacturer Abbott at the inquest into the death of Andrew Cook, allegedly caused by an allergic reaction to the polymer coating of a catheter during a cardiac operation.
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Health and safety, product liability, inquests and environment. Appears regularly in the highest profile health and safety and manslaughter prosecutions: Sellafield and Network Rail appeals; Marks and Spencer asbestos prosecution; British Cycling prosecution; Falcon Crane prosecution; Hatfield train crash; prosecution arising from the Averies waste sites fires. He specialises in all aspects of product liability, and has particular experience of group actions including: the VW Emissions litigation; the OCENSA pipeline litigation; Google Safari Workaround litigation; Lloyds / HBOS litigation; the Metal on Metal hip litigation; the Para Red and Sudan Red food contamination litigation; the Lariam litigation; PIP litigation. He also regularly appears in major inquests and inquiries: Grenfell Tower Inquiry; Vauxhall helicopter crash; Avonmouth Bridge disaster; Potters Bar rail accident; Basildon hospital legionella outbreak. He has considerable experience of criminal and civil environmental claims, including waste management and pollution claims.
BA (Oxon). President of the Oxford Union (1990). Advocacy prize ICSL (1992). Called 1992. Chief Examiner Civil Litigation BPTC. Trustee of the Lambeth Law Centre. Appointed QC in 2014.
Founder member of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association.
Contributor to Halsbury's Laws; Contributing editor to the 'International Product Law Manual'.