Fire Law Barristers

Fire Law

What our barristers do

39 Essex Chambers offer unrivalled multi-disciplinary expertise in claims arising from or in connection with fire and fire safety. We are leaders in the field in offering specialist and comprehensive advice to any client advising and litigating fire claims. We are at the forefront of fire and fire related litigation given our leading role in numerous high profile fire matters, including The Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust v Lendlease Construction (Europe), Sid-Ali Atmani & Ors v (1) Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (2) The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation Limited and Naylor & Ors v (1) Roamquest Ltd (2) Galliard Construction Ltd.

Our barristers possess a wealth of experience in fire and fire safety disputes in construction and insurance. Our work ranges from complex multi-party claims about non-compliance with the Building Regulations, breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and cladding to advising on defective fire safety measures in building design and procured infrastructure. We act in complex contractual disputes, high value property damage claims and claims concerning contractors’ liability and professional negligence.

We frequently advise on potential civil and criminal liabilities, regulatory matters, health and safety prosecutions and anti-social behaviour injunctions connected to arson and other fire-related risk. We have a wealth of experience in acting in inquests and inquiries.

Who our barristers act for

We act for a range of clients across the spectrum of fire litigation. We are instructed by insurers, sub-contractors, developers, building owners and manufacturers. We act for Fire Services and local and central Government. We are briefed as Counsel to the Inquiry and we represent core participants and interested parties in inquiries and inquests. We are dedicated to acting for victims of fire, particularly the bereaved, survivors and residents

Where our barristers act

Our practice is domestic and international. We act in all courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Numerous members are qualified to act in a number of the international jurisdictions.

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Who to contact

Tom Gibbons

Tom Gibbons is the Senior Practice Manager for the Fire Law team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Tom GibbonsEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9080


Mobile: +44 (0)7711 016 602


Albie Barton

Albie Barton is the Practice Manager for the Fire Law team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Albie BartonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9016


Mobile: +44 (0)7834 146 656



Paul Darling OBE QC

Paul Darling OBE QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Shaman Kapoor

Shaman Kapoor

Call: 1999

David  Mitchell

David Mitchell

Call: 2004

Rachel Troup

Rachel Troup

Call: 2005

David Sawtell

David Sawtell

Call: 2005

Camilla ter Haar

Camilla ter Haar

Call: 2005

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones

Call: 2012

Samuel Burrett

Samuel Burrett

Call: 2013

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

Call: 2015

Daniel  Laking

Daniel Laking

Call: 2015

Scarlett Milligan

Scarlett Milligan

Call: 2015

Nicholas Higgs

Nicholas Higgs

Call: 2018

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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