Dominic has been in practice at Temple Garden Chambers since 1997 and has developed a broad regulatory health and safety and civil practice. He specializes in health and safety.
Dominic has a broad health & safety practice and regularly appears in the Crown Court representing duty-holders in prosecutions under the HSWA 1974 following both fatal and non-fatal accidents. In fatal accident cases he also acts in related coroner’s inquests. He has experience representing individuals as well as companies of all sizes (including some of the largest operating in the United Kingdom). He has worked on cases across a wide range of industries/sectors including: steel manufacturing, rail, construction, security, waste management, healthcare, residential care, education, sports and leisure. He has particular interest in cases involving explosions and fires. Dominic also represents duty-holders in other regulatory matters under the HSWA 1974 (e.g. appeals against prohibition and improvement notices) and environmental and food safety prosecutions. He has acted in public inquiries following public disasters (e.g. Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes). He recently represented the Independent Police Complaints Commission in the Inquest into the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster.
Dominic has a niche product liability practice. Typically, though not exclusively, he represents large scale manufacturers, producers and distributors. He has advised companies based in the UK, the EU and beyond. He has considerable experience of civil litigation concerning a wide variety of products including domestic appliances (e.g. televisions, white goods, heating systems), industrial equipment, vehicle/motorcycle/cycle manufacturing and medical components. He has advised on a wide range of issues including duties and liabilities under consumer protection and product safety legislation including product recalls, insurance coverage disputes, inquests related to product safety and regulatory prosecutions.
In the field of personal injury he has experience of catastrophic injury claims (e.g. brain damage, paraplegia and amputee claims) as well as claims arising out of less serious injuries. He has a particular interest in fraudulent or exaggerated claims. Dominic has been involved in a significant number of group litigation cases including cases where a Group Litigation Order (GLO) has been issued (e.g. Scania Series 4, Powertrain) as well as large multi-Claimant non-GLO cases relating to domestic products and foodstuffs.