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Malcolm Galloway

Call 1992

‘He’s a great jury advocate, who is very, very personable and extremely sharp.’
(Chambers & Partners)

Inquests & Public Inquiries

As part of his Health and Safety practice Malcolm frequently appears in inquests and has been ranked in the Legal 500 in this area as well being described as having ‘a commanding presence and is calm and confident when speaking with clients. A tactically astute and incredibly knowledgeable barrister.’

He frequently appears in the Coroners Court to represent corporate clients or individual directors. His recent clients have Included mining companies, care homes, large cooperate entities.

Selected Cases

  • Re: Awabb Ishak – Represented Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Limited after a two year old child living in a one bedroom flat died as a result of a severe respiratory condition due to ‘mould exposure’.  It led to a change in the law, known as ‘Awabb’s Law’.

  • Re: Phillip Hill – Represented care provider after resident needing 24 hour care drowned in the bath. Carer had failed to keep PH under observation and finding of neglect against the carer was made. Provider was not criticised by coroner.
  • Re: Elan Ltd – Represented lift company after employee electrocuted installing a lift.
  • Re: Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust – Represented trust after elderly patient died after being admitted into a ‘social bed’. Detailed examination of assessment of needs and care plan.
  • Re: Parks of London – Represented company after fatal fall from height by employee. Resisted submissions for ‘unlawful killing’ to be left to the jury.
  • BR Industries, Kandents & Jewsons – Re: inquest into death of an employee who had been crushed between a dumper and Jewsons delivery lorry.
  • Re: Bueau Veritas Ltd & Others – Re: Inquest in dealth of elderly resident at care home after failure of lift.
  • Re: Ascot Race Course –  Instructed by Ascot after they received a PFD report after an inquest they had not been an interested party in.
  • Re: Kent Community Health – NHS Foundation Trust & others  –  Instructed by the trust after the death of an elderly patient in an ‘integrated home’
  • Re: David Brown  –   Represented Transport Company after employee crushed in a ‘roll away’ incident.
  • Re: Wagamama Ltd: – Represented Wagamama after a young woman collapsed and died an hour after leaving their restaurant. Initial suggestion that she died as a result of anaphylactic shock. Coroner concluded she died due to her ‘uncontrolled asthma’ – no connection to Wagamama.
  • Re: DHL: – Represented Company after employee was killed and three others injured after collapse of stillages.:
  • BE Wolverhampton BE: – Represented owners of shopping centre after death of young women from falling debris as a result of ‘Storm Doris’.
  • Re: Racetech: – Represented Company after death of employee at Haydock Park Racecourse after being crushed.
  • Re: Bureau Veritas Ltd: – Inquest into death at care home after lift failed and fell a level.
  • Re: Barrie Taylor: – Death after crushing due to ‘vehicle rollaway’ a transport depot.
  • Represented Care Home after death of elderly resident suffering from dementia who managed to bypass an alarm system.
  • Represented mining company after employee was crushed after gas outburst a mile underground.
  • Represented company after employee fell 20 m from a MEWP whilst working at Pembroke docks.
  • Representing Kent Fire Service at the inquest into the death of a civilian after a collision with two fire tenders.
  • Representing the owner and director of a building company after a member of the public was killed following the collapse of 1.5 tons of wood being unloaded from a lorry.
  • Representing a delivery company whose employee died of sepsis after being bitten by a homeowner’s dog.
  • Representing a Company and its managing director after an employee fell from height and died.
  • Representing a multinational company after an employee was killed and two others seriously injured after a collapse of stillage’s onto a temporary office.
  • Represented driver of a HGV making a delivery on behalf of a High Street supermarket who knocked down and killed an elderly woman crossing the road.
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“He is a heavyweight advocate but also personable and compassionate with clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Malcolm has a commanding presence, and is calm and confident when speaking with clients. A tactically astute and incredibly knowledgeable barrister.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Clear advice, robust advocacy, the ability to foreshadow opponents’ arguments and to structure submissions accordingly.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Malcolm is extremely personable and builds good relationships with clients and instructing solicitors alike. He is particularly adept at anticipating how a judge will view a case.”

Legal 500, 2024

“The savviest of senior juniors who has an impressive track record.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“A top-notch advocate who always approaches his cases with eagle eye detail and is a fantastic strategist.”

Legal 500, 2022

“He is experienced, excellent in court and brilliant in cross-examinations.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“An excellent advocate with great awareness of the strategic importance of how an inquest is conducted. Always exceptionally well prepared and impressive on his feet.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He’s very thorough, fantastic in court and gets great results.”; “He’s impressive on his feet and in conference with clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“He is clear, concise, and formidable in his field, and his tactical knowledge and experience are second to none.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Technically very strong with over 20 years of criminal advocacy experience. Rounded personality strengthened by a career which began outside of the law. Genuine courtroom presence. He has the ability to get juries on his side.”

Legal 500, 2021

“His thorough preparation for a detailed and complex matter was impressive, and his approach with a very vulnerable client was absolutely perfect – he managed to gain the client’s trust very quickly, which was not easy. I look forward to working with him again.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

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