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James Ageros KC

Call 1990 • KC 2015

"Jim Ageros KC is very user-friendly, good with clients and good in court."
(Chambers UK 2016)

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Inquests; Appeals vs Improvement & Prohibition Notices

  • Inquest into the death of Ben Leonard; represented the Scouts Association in Inquest following the death of a Scout on a trip under the Great Orme in Wales;
  • Re the death of Michael Lawrence; Mitchells and Butler Ltd – Represented national brewery chain in Article 2 inquest in connection with death of pub goer restrained by door supervisors; death through positional asphyxia and co-extensive medical conditions.
  • Re the death of construction worker, CMF Ltd – Represented metal fabrication company in connection with death of construction worker crushed by falling stair case section.
  • Re the death of 4 workers at a construction site in Lowestoft – Represented employer of four ground workers killed when metal cage collapsed during erection.
  • Re the death of a 9-month-old child – Represented nursery and nursery workers in tragic case involving the death of a 9-month-old child who choked to death on cottage pie on third day at nursery.
  • Re the death of a 3-year-old child – Represented nursery manager in connection with the death of a young child who choked to death on raw jelly used for play purposes.
  • Re the death of master Daniel Stickland – Represented special needs school in connection with the death of boy diagnosed with epilepsy while boarder at special school.
  • Re the death of A West – Represented division of NHS trust in connection with death of patient suffering terminal cancer. Suggestion that patient had been poisoned to quicken death.
  • Re the death of Richard Fozard – Represented engineer said to have miscalibrated MEWP that overturned onto M25 killing operator.
  • Re the death of railway cleaner – Represented industrial cleaning company in connection with the death of a train cleaner electrocuted when cleaning a train in a depot.
  • Re the death of PC Ian Terry – Represented firearms officer who shot and killed fellow officer during firearms exercise.
  • Re the death of 7 men in the Morecombe Bay Helicopter Disaster – Represented Centrica PLC at inquest concerning the deaths of two pilots and 5 gas rig workers in Morecombe Bay.
  • Re the death of Christopher Heaton – Represented AMEC PLC at inquest relating to death during CDM project.
  • Re the death of James Fyfe. – Represented NHS Trust in inquest concerning death of a patient in accident involving medical devices.
  • Re the death of John Altoft – Representing Cape Industries in connection with fatality at cement plant.
  • Re the death of construction worker – Represented manager in connection with death of a construction worker carried in excavator bucket in yard.
  • Re the death of Wendy Williams – Represented Ambulance service in inquest concerning death of motorist.
  • Re the death of Mr. X – Represented Forestry commission in connection with worker felling trees.
  • Re the death of a teenager – Represented gamekeeper at inquest concerning the death of a motorbike rider in forest.
  • Re the death of Mrs A – Represented Marks and Spencer at inquest touching on the death of a shopper at store in South West.
  • London Underground Ltd v Hart – Acted on behalf of the respondent (Senior Inspector from HMRI) in 6-day appeal in Employment Tribunal in appeal against prohibition notice concerning network wide unsafe working practice.
  • Tesco Ltd v Harrow Borough Council – Appeared for respondent in contested appeal against improvement notices in respect of unsafe working practices in loading bays of Tesco stores.
  • Colas Rail Ltd v HMRI Cullen – Appeared for respondent in contested appeal concerning failure to control risk associated with ballast dust during major railway track renewals.
  • Karl Durham v HMI Turvey – Represented diving contractor served with prohibition notice following death of student in exercise he had organised.

Selected Cases

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‘Just seems to get stronger and stronger. Possibly the calmest lawyer on the circuit, perfect for difficult clients and difficult tribunals. Brings a logical approach and defuses situations with charm.‘

Legal 500, 2024

“His drafting skills are fantastic, but his key strength is his advocacy – he is a very strong barrister.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Excellent with clients from individuals to large corporates with empathy and understanding of the case and wider issues..”

Legal 500, 2022

“An unassuming, modest silk. Very relaxed but confident with complex cases and clients. Gets a quick grip on the issues and impresses clients. Jurors like him.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He’s a go-to barrister for the heavyweight work; he’s excellent in terms of how he deals with clients and has a great presence in court.”; “He is a superb jury advocate and an excellent barrister.”; “His technical grasp of detail is very, very strong.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Highly experienced, awesome with the jury and really fights for his clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Jim Ageros KC is very user-friendly, good with clients and good in court” ; “he’s a very decent, straightforward prosecutor. He’s always very impressive.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“It’s spectacular to watch the legal arguments he puts together” ; “he is a very smooth, charming and effective advocate.

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the law.”

Legal 500, 2014

“James Ageros successfully splits his time between prosecuting and defending. A well-known expert in the area, he has co-authored a leading book on health and safety. Sources praise his technical brilliance and “supreme understanding of the law – he cuts straight through to the crux of the matter, however complex the facts.” Recently, he acted for Norfolk County Council in defending a prosecution brought against it by the HSE following the drowning of a teenager in a Norfolk broad.

Chambers & Partners, 2013

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