Health & Safety
Temple Garden Chambers has long been recognised as one of the
leading sets in this important and specialist area of law.
Chambers and Partners 2013 Guide to the Bar reports that Temple
Garden Chambers offers "… quality counsel … at all levels of
seniority. Its members whatever their level of call, have been
involved in standout cases over the years … The barristers offer a
very good service, are very organised and are excellent to deal
with". Earlier editions reported that Temple Garden Chambers has a
"prominent reputation among health and safety practitioners", "a
strong reputation in advisory work for companies that want to
ensure compliance with health and safety legislation". The Legal
500 added that we are "celebrated for the calibre of our many
clued-up and committed juniors".
Members of Chambers are engaged in all aspects of health and
safety law and enforcement, for defendants, those at risk of
prosecution, prosecuting authorities and those seeking advice.
We regularly advise and represent individuals, corporations,
government and other public and charitable bodies in relation to
prosecutions, enforcement proceedings (such as Improvement Notices,
Prohibition Notices and Crown Censures) and all aspects of
compliance and policy. Some members of Chambers have particular
expertise in representing clients at interviews under caution.
Members of Chambers have been involved with many of the most
prominent and significant cases in recent years including: R v
Cotswold Geotechnical (Holdings) Ltd (first prosecution under the
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007), R v
Balfour Beatty and others and R v Howe and Sons (Court of Appeal
leading cases on sentencing), R v Southampton University Hospital
Trust (first prosecution of a hospital under health and safety
legislation arising out of the standard of clinical care and in the
Court of Appeal the approach to sentencing public bodies). For a
more detailed list of notable cases, click
Members of Chambers also lecture and provide training in this
field for solicitors and their clients.
Our expertise is complemented by our work in the field of Coroners and Inquests and at Public Inquiries.