Criminal Regulatory

Members of 2 Hare Court advise and represent corporate and individual clients facing proceedings brought by regulators including the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Trading Standards and local authorities.

Members of chambers, both KCs and juniors, are highly experienced criminal advocates, who over the last five to ten years have mainly concentrated on regulatory crime. Our clients, both lay and professional, regularly comment on the significant advantages to them in instructing counsel who have acquired over many years in criminal courts at the highest level both the experience of heavyweight criminal work and the skills such as marshalling complex and paper-heavy cases, presenting highly technical evidence in a format easily comprehensible by Judges and juries and eliciting evidence in cross-examination from expert and other witnesses.

Whilst our primary focus is always on the legal outcomes for the client we are highly sensitive to the commercial and reputational issues involved in a regulatory criminal prosecution. This is reflected in both the advice given and the strategy and tactics adopted in each individual case.

Our team also advise at every stage of an investigation pre-charge on issues such as the approach to take in interview, evidence gathering and legal privilege. In appropriate cases members will advise on a direct access basis.

2 Hare Court runs a rolling programme of conferences and seminars, which are tailored to individual solicitors firms. Members of the team regularly present breakfast, lunchtime or after work seminars at our clients’ offices anywhere in the country. Recent topics have included:

  • The fees for intervention regime and bad character
  • The effect of s85 LASPO (unlimited fines in the magistrates’ court)
  • The proposed Definitive Guideline for Health & Safety Offences
  • Confiscation in environmental cases

Health & Safety

2 Hare Court is ranked as a leading set for Health & Safety in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. A number of members now practice exclusively in this field and in related areas such as inquests arising from workplace fatalities and prosecutions brought by other regulators.

Members of Chambers have appeared in some of the most high-profile cases in recent years including; Princes Sporting Club, Lion Steel, Cavendish Masonry and Hugo Boss and cover the entire range of Health & Safety work from corporate and gross negligence manslaughter and other offences involving fatalities and/or serious injury to appealing Enforcement and Prohibition Notices. We appear in cases across all sectors including; construction, mining, agriculture, transport, retail, energy, manufacture and engineering.

Recent cases include:

  • Death at work arising out of an accident at a chemical plant and related Coronial proceedings.
  • Fatality a waste transfer station.
  • Defending a publican in a prosecution for serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety ) Order 2005.
  • Acute non-fatal lead poisoning arising from work on an off shore structure.
  • A number of cases arising from major incidents on gas and oil platforms together with related environmental cases involving spillages and the release of highly toxic gases.
  • Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in the air conditioning system of a Central London hotel.
  • Death and major chemical spill at a large paint manufacturing site.

Trading Standards & Consumer Protection

We are regularly instructed by solicitors and directly by corporate clients or their in-house legal team, to advise on consumer protection and trading standards legislation. We also offer expertise in advertising, product safety, food safety, food hygiene, product recall, and other related matters.

Our work has included:

  • Three Crown Court cases brought under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations involving allegations of mis-selling, conspiracy and international money-laundering.
  • Advising a multi-national household goods company, a major frozen food company, a national biscuit baking company and others on food labelling issues, defending in related prosecutions and advising on their dealings with the Advertising Standards Authority.
  • Assisting corporate organisations in drafting risk hazard analysis protocols across their food production businesses.

We have also recently presented seminars to clients on the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, and are pleased to offer CPD-accredited training sessions to our clients at their premises.



Julian Campbell
Julian Campbell, Director of Clerking
Criminal Regulatory Team

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Directory Quotes

“2 Hare Court has a very knowledgeable and impressive offering of counsel.”

“The team offers an excellent level of service. They are very responsive and regularly go above and beyond.” and “Julian Campbell is an excellent clerk.”

Chambers UK 2024

“2 Hare Court have an industry-leading reputation for health and safety work. Jim Buchanan and Craig Ferguson are very well respected. Their annual health and safety seminar highlights the technical expertise of the Chambers.”

“2 Hare Court are highly regarded within the regulatory arena and provide an impressive offering of counsel.” “Availability is good and the 2HC Regulatory Seminar is always worth attending.” and “2 Hare Court provide an impressive offering.”

“The clerking service is excellent – they provide prompt responses in requests and regularly help with sorting listings. Julian Campbell is particularly impressive…….and the 2HC Regulatory Seminar is always worth attending.”

Legal 500 UK 2024

“The barristers at 2 Hare Court are very professional, experienced and efficient.”

“Julian Campbell goes above and beyond.” “The clerks are responsive.” and “They are very helpful.”

Chambers UK 2023

“2 Hare Court is one of the go to chambers for health and safety regulatory work – very experienced and well respected for its work in this area.” and “Chambers provides good all round coverage in the health and safety, crime and inquest sectors.”

“Excellent. Julian Campbell is particularly exceptional, making an effort to respond promptly to requests and going above and beyond to provide support.” and “Julian Campbell is great.”

Legal 500 UK 2023

“Their clerks are very pragmatic and they understand the pressures their solicitors are under. They are fantastic and the senior clerk, Julian Campbell, will go a long way to suggest personalities you will get along with.” and “The clerks are very professional and courteous.”

Chambers UK 2022

“2 Hare Court is a chambers going from strength to strength, they have become one of the go-to sets for health and safety matters, their clerking team is excellent and they have excellent counsel at every level.” “2 Hare Court have a great range of barristers in this area.” “Excellent criminal set with some good barristers undertaking H&S work with aplomb.” and “Chambers provide good all-round coverage in the health and safety, crime and inquest sectors I need.”

“Julian Campbell is the most knowledgeable H&S clerk in London. 2 Hare Court have a lot to thank him for in building their safety team so well.” “The clerks are excellent, ably led by Julian Campbell.” “Brilliant – there is nobody more experienced in this area than Julian Campbell their Director of Clerking.” “I have primarily dealt with Julian Campbell, but on occasion, I do interact with other clerks. The clerks are always helpful and attentive.” and “The clerks’ room is well-led by Julian Campbell who is always approachable to discuss instructions and costings with.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

“2 Hare Court is a well-regarded criminal set which is regularly called upon to act for and advise corporates, individual directors, local authorities and enforcement bodies such as the HSE and Environment Agency. Members are experienced in the handling of health and safety matters relating to deaths at work and in care homes, as well as complex enforcement matters involving hazardous substance accidents. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases, and standout recent cases handled by the set include the prosecution arising from the Didcot Power Station collapse. The set’s tenants also frequently appear at inquests and high-profile public inquiries.”

“The clerks work really well together and communicate well with us as solicitors. They make an effort to understand what the key issues in a case are and are very proactive.” “The senior clerk, Julian Campbell, is excellent. Everyone on his team is very effective, commercial and really understands the practice area.”

Chambers UK 2021

“The set is very well placed in the field of regulatory law and can deal with everything that we need as a busy regulatory practice.” and “The clerks are superb and Julian Campbell is ‘the’ regulatory clerk in the UK: he just makes things happen.”

Chambers UK 2020

“2 Hare Court regularly prosecutes and defends the most challenging health and safety cases. It hosts a group of high-calibre silks and juniors who are highly adept at representing corporate clients of all sizes and their directors in high-profile prosecutions and investigations brought by enforcement agencies and regulators such as the HSE and Trading Standards. The team is regularly sought out by leading solicitors’ firms as well as a range of insurers, and handles cases from a variety of industry sectors.”

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