Red Lion Chambers is widely recognised for its expertise and knowledge in health and safety law.

We have members who defend in health and safety cases – advising those at risk of prosecution, providing expert legal advice, appearing in trials and representing corporate bodies, partnerships, directors and individuals in Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts and the Appeal courts.

We have acquired expertise from prosecuting cases for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) by members who have succeeded in gaining places on the Government’s Regulatory List of specialist advocates. We also prosecute for local authorities and undertake private prosecutions.

Our barristers appear at Inquests and attend tribunals in appeals against improvement and prohibition notices.

Chambers members will vigorously defend and prosecute in all matters of health and safety law, from breaches of health and safety regulations to fatal incidents prosecuted under sections 2, 3, 33 and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Members also provide guidance and support in relation to all Health and Safety offences, such as the breach of the Construction (Design Management) Regulations 2007 and 2015 (CDMs) or in situations involving Working at Height. These cases can involve injury or death to employees, contractors, the self-employed and others.

Regulatory List

Our team includes members who have been appointed to the regulatory list and can therefore prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Chambers Health & Safety Work

Members act as leading counsel, juniors and alone in a wide range of health and safety cases.

We regularly deal with cases that involve technical medical evidence, covering mechanical injuries, poisoning, the inhalation of gases and drowning etc.

Our members are confident analysing and processing technical evidence and are equipped to handle complex and controversial cases. We have senior level experience overseeing the following:

  • specialised safety equipment in a range of engineering environments
  • production processes of dangerous chemical and explosive substances
  • food production issues involving both machinery and foodstuffs
  • health and safety regimes specific to the construction industry including pile testing, electrocutions, falling from height
  • deaths and injuries within agriculture
  • fatalities occurring within the care sector
  • fatalities and injuries within the rail industry
  • fatalities and injuries involving motor sport
  • deaths and injuries within the retail and domestic sectors
  • maritime cases
  • fire injury following landlord’s breach of regulations.

Corporate Manslaughter

Members are experienced in corporate manslaughter cases, which generally run in conjunction with health and safety prosecutions.

Some of our members were involved in the high-profile Hatfield train crash prosecution and have gone on to present seminars on corporate manslaughter and health and safety matters.