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.
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
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.
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.
Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9080
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 016 602
Darcey Bourne 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.
Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9016
Mobile: +44 (0)7834 146 656
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