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UK Bar London (Bar) Health & Safety

This section incorporates both contentious and non contentious health & safety issues. On the contentious side it includes defence and prosecution of companies and senior executives facing investigations or actions initiated by the Health and Safety Executive and other regulatory bodies including criminal breaches of the law such as corporate manslaughter. Public inquest work is also included. On the non-contentious side the section covers regulatory compliance advice, risk management and training. The health & safety issues which fall under the remit of this section are very broad from general health and safety at work to food safety, fire safety and issues affecting the waste, utilities, nuclear, rail and other industries.

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Band 1
  1. Crown Office Chambers
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    Crown Office Chambers
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Crown Office Chambers houses a strong bench of senior and junior barristers who are experienced in the handling of prosecutions arising from a wide range of health and safety offences. Areas of expertise for the team include food safety prosecutions and cases brought under the HSWA. Members are noted for their expertise in corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases, and regularly appear in inquests and major inquiries such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The team is well regarded for its representation of major corporations and their directors. Instructing solicitors report: "There are a high number of highly experienced expert advocates at Crown Office Chambers."
  2. Henderson Chambers
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    Henderson Chambers
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Henderson Chambers maintains its reputation as a leading set for complex and high-profile health and safety matters. Members are regularly called upon to represent defendant corporations in inquests and prosecutions arising from fatal accidents and breaches of the HSWA and Fire Safety Regulations. The team is also instructed by the HSE and other regulatory bodies, and has continued to appear in several high-profile matters, such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the investigation into the Didcot Power Station collapse. "Henderson is stacked full of talent" says one interviewee.
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Band 2
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    2 Bedford Row
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    The barristers at 2 Bedford Row are experienced in the prosecution and defence of corporate manslaughter and individual gross negligence manslaughter cases. Market sources say: "They have pragmatism nailed." Members are instructed in matters arising in several different industry sectors, including hospitality, construction and transport, and are regularly called upon to act for and advise clients on cases involving the Regulatory Reform Act and complex prosecutions relating to breaches of fire safety. The set's enviable client list includes major corporations and their directors, as well as the HSE, the ORR, and fire and rescue authorities. Recent work highlights include acting in R v Drayton Manor Park, the inquest into the death of a 12-year-old during a school trip.
  2. 2 Hare Court
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    2 Hare Court
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 10 Years Ranked
    2 Hare Court is a well-regarded criminal set which is regularly called upon to act for and advise corporates, individual directors, local authorities and enforcement bodies such as the HSE and Environment Agency. Members are experienced in the handling of health and safety matters relating to deaths at work and in care homes, as well as complex enforcement matters involving hazardous substance accidents. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. The set's tenants also frequently appear at inquests and high-profile public inquiries. High-profile work handled by the set includes acting for Pret-a-Manger following a series of allergen cases. Interviewees report: "The barristers at 2 Hare Court are very professional, experienced and efficient."
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    Outer Temple Chambers
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    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 three of the set's tenants were recently instructed to act in the Didcot Power Station collapse. Additional areas of strength for the team include gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter cases, as well as complex HSE investigations.
  4. Six Pump Court
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    Six Pump Court
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Six Pump Court houses a strong bench of seasoned health and safety practitioners who are regularly called upon to handle prosecutions arising in the oil and gas, manufacturing, transport, construction and retail sectors, among others. Members are particularly well regarded for their expertise in environmental offences and food safety matters, and have experience both prosecuting and defending complex and high-value cases. The set's clients include several large multinational organisations, as well as local authorities and regulators such as the HSE, FSA, ORR and MCA. Instructing solicitors say: "The set has a number of expert barristers who can deal with a multitude of different issues at short notice." Recently, members appeared in the Supreme Court in connection with a claim for judicial review of the approach of the FCA to the confiscation of allegedly unhealthy meat carcasses.
  5. Temple Garden Chambers
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    Temple Garden Chambers
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Temple Garden Chambers is well regarded for its handling of complex health and safety prosecutions and enforcement proceedings. Areas of expertise for the set include gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter cases, as well as prosecutions arising from workplace fatalities and rail accidents. Members are also regularly called upon to represent their clients at inquests and public inquiries, and have recently appeared in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The tenants are noted for their expert representation of both defendant corporations and prosecuting authorities.
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Band 3
  1. 3 Raymond Buildings
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    3 Raymond Buildings
    Health & Safety
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    3 Raymond Buildings is noted for its expert handling of health and safety prosecutions arising across a range of sectors, including construction, transport, care and retail, among others. Members are sought after to act for regulators such as the HSE and ORR, as well as regulated corporations and individual directors. Areas of expertise for the team include food and fire safety matters, corporate manslaughter cases and prosecutions relating to serious and fatal accidents at work. The set's tenants also regularly appear in inquests and major public inquiries, such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the inquest into the Croydon tram crash. Instructing solicitors note: "They are a very good health and safety set."