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John Cooper QC

Call 1985 • QC 2014

"Health & Safety Silk of the Year"
(Chambers & Partners 2017)

Inquests & Public Inquiries

John has appeared in a number of inquests related to safety issues in the work place. He has represented interested parties in a range of inquests involving deaths in the work place. The range of such workplaces include hospital wards, care homes, factories, oil refineries, waste recycling facilities and building sites. In many cases concerning workplace accidents he has represented the company or an individual at a subsequent trial.

In the recent past he represented the Shredmet and Hawkeswood in the inquest concerning the death of 5 men at their recycling site in Birmingham.

He appeared for Crowley Carbon in relation to a fatality at the Carlsberg Brewery in Northampton.

For Sartex Quilts in the fire related fatality in a factory in Rochdale.

For Mid UK Ltd in relation to a fatality in their recycling site in Lincoln.

Selected Cases

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“…while John Cooper QC is also worthy of mention here for his meteoric rise through our health and safety rankings over three consecutive years.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is able to instil confidence in the client by drawing on his vast experience of cases. He puts the client at ease and then in court has a very good manner with the judge. His arguments are clear, lucid and succinct.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“An excellent advocate who commands respect.” “He is very good on environmental law, particularly major pollution incidents.”

Legal 500 2017

“Great regulatory lawyer, who is a superb attack weapon. When you know you’re in a fight he’s your man”…..”He is an incredibly capable health and safety lawyer” who is “extremely tenacious and skilful.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“John Cooper QC is very tenacious and willing to fight a client’s corner.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“His elevation to QC status is much deserved. If you have a scrap on your hands, John Cooper is the man you’d want in your corner. He is also very commercial and good with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“Tenacious and committed, no point is lost on him and his strategy is first class.”

Legal 500 2016

“Tenacious, combative and not scared to take the judge on”, “a robust trial advocate and an aggressive litigator.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“Bright and very experienced in products issues.”

Legal 500 2015

“He has been a very powerful force in health and safety for years, if you have an uphill fight on your hands, he is your man. He is tactical and incredibly intelligent, and robustly handles any ‘punches’ thrown at him by the other side.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“A true terrier, who sniffs out weaknesses in the other side’s case and goes for blood.”

Legal 500 2014

“He has got an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, is passionate about the cases he does, is exceptional on his feet and brings to the table a fire in his belly that not many other barristers have.”

Chambers & Partners 2013

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