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Health & Safety

Crown Office Chambers is consistently rated by clients, solicitors and the legal directories as one of, if not the, leading set in health & safety law.


The team won the Health & Safety Set of the Year award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016 and 5 members of chambers have previously won individual awards.

The team’s work covers the full range of health & safety law, from high profile corporate manslaughter cases and prosecutions of individual directors for gross negligence manslaughter to prosecutions under the HSWA arising out of fatal and non-fatal accidents and appeals against improvement and prohibition notices.

Health & Safety Contact

Toby Sparrow

Toby Sparrow


T +44 (0)20 7797 6174
sparrow@crownofficechambers.com

Richard Lynagh QC
Year of Call: 1975

Richard Lynagh QC is Head of Crown Office Chambers. He has a wide-ranging civil practice, which includes: personal injury, insurance & reinsurance, professional indemnity, commercial...

Michael Spencer QC
Year of Call: 1970

Margaret Bickford-Smith QC
Year of Call: 1973

Margaret took silk in 2003 having developed a broad practice encompassing high-value and complex negligence cases, property, construction and commercial law and environmental enforcement. She...

Christopher Kennedy QC
Year of Call: 1989

Chris specialises in a broad range of personal injury litigation including all types of employer's liability, public liability, serious road traffic accident and industrial disease cases. He is...

David Platt QC
Year of Call: 1987

David specialises in occupational disease, personal injury and insurance work. He also undertakes common law and environmental work, employment claims, health and safety and inquest proceedings. After...

John Cooper QC

John Cooper QC
Year of Call: 1985

John specialises in the fields of Health & Safety and Regulatory work. John is recognised as an expert in this area and he is regarded as one of the leading defence Counsel in the country. He has...

James Ageros QC
Year of Call: 1990

James Ageros QC practises exclusively in health & safety and environmental law. For many years he has been recognised as one of the most accomplished and versatile barristers in the field. He has...

Muhammed Haque QC
Year of Call: 1997

Muhammed Haque QC specialises in commercial and common law litigation. His range of work takes him from negligent professionals (in particular lawyers, financial officers and engineers) to damaged...

Andrew Smith QC
Year of Call: 1988

Andrew has 30 years of experience of litigation in courts at all levels. He has practised at the Scottish Bar (call 1988, silk 2002) with a particular interest and experience in personal injury,...

James Maxwell-Scott QC
Year of Call: 1995

James is a specialist in Criminal Regulatory law and inquests. His practice is a roughly equal mix of representing organisations and individuals facing prosecution for safety based regulatory offences...

Dominic Kay QC
Year of Call: 1997

Dominic Kay QC is a specialist regulatory law practitioner, practising exclusively in health & safety, environmental law and inquests and is recognised as one of the country's leading health &...

John Williams
Year of Call: 1983

John specialises in Personal Injury & Industrial Disease, Health & Safety at Work, Licensing, Nuisance & Regulatory work. John undertakes public access work....

William Vandyck
Year of Call: 1988

William's practice is predominantly personal injury, particularly catastrophic injury and occupational disease including workplace stress. He is on the panels of major insurers. His cases include the...

Malcolm Galloway
Year of Call: 1992

Malcolm is recognised as a leader in the field of Criminal Regulatory Law specialising exclusively in Health & Safety, Environmental Law and inquests. He has substantial criminal trial experience...

Richard Tyrrell

Richard Tyrrell
Year of Call: 1993

Richard has considerable experience in the fields of Health & Safety, NHS Governance and Consumer Protection (including Food Safety) and defends Companies and NHS Trusts, their Directors and...

Simon Antrobus
Year of Call: 1995

Simon is regarded as one of the leading barristers in this country in the field of criminal regulatory and environmental law, specialising particularly in the defence of corporate and individual...

Mark Balysz
Year of Call: 1995

Mark Balysz is one of the country's leading criminal and inquest advocates, specialising in corporate and individual manslaughter, health and safety, environmental prosecutions, trading offences and...

Julia Kendrick

Julia Kendrick
Year of Call: 2005

Julia specialises in criminal regulatory law with particular expertise in health and safety, inquests, fire safety, consumer law, environmental law, food safety and road traffic offences. She acts for...

Mike Atkins
Year of Call: 2006

Mike practises exclusively in the field of Criminal Regulatory Law with particular expertise in health & safety, inquests, consumer law, product safety, fire safety, environmental law, and food...

Alice Jarratt
Year of Call: 2007

Alice is a highly experienced trial advocate who has conducted countless trials in the Magistrates and Crown Courts and made numerous appearances in the Court of Appeal. She has a reputation as a...

Jack Murphy
Year of Call: 2013

Jack has a broad practice encompassing personal injury and clinical negligence, construction, general commercial litigation, professional negligence and criminal regulatory work. He is regularly...

Adam Taylor
Year of Call: 2014

Adam joined Chambers in October 2015 following pupillage. He has conducted his own work since April 2015 across Chambers' core practice areas. He appears in court on a daily basis, both for trials and...

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