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.


Health and Safety
Dominic has been recommended as a Leading Junior for Health & Safety, in Chambers & Partners in every year from 2006 until 2015. The current edition describes him as “keen and good with clients”. Earlier editions suggest he is “easy-going advocate with an attractive style.” Solicitors have noted that he “involves himself closely with cases from an early stage and is very approachable and good with clients.

He has also been recommended as a Leading Junior for Health & Safety in the Legal 500 every year from 2005 until 2016.  The 2016 edition states that Dominic “always goes the extra mile for his clients and is extremely thorough.”  Earlier editions described him as having “a charismatic aura” and “an excellent health and safety lawyer who possesses a keen understanding of the arguments that are likely to appeal to a particular court.” In one edition he was said to have “a brilliant sense of humour and carries clients through the difficult times“.

Inquests and Inquiries
The 2016 edition of Legal 500 recommends Dominic as a Leading Junior for Inquests and Inquiries. It states “He is a marvelously safe pair of hands and instils confidence in both lay and professional clients.

Personal Injury
Dominic is recommended as a Leading Junior for Personal Injury in the 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners. He is described as taking “a very pragmatic approach to litigation and offers sound, sensible advice.” It adds that “He understands the commercial sensitivities for insurers in large loss cases.”  In earlier editions he has been described as being “very astute, methodical and organised in his approach, he’s a heavyweight junior who is very capable of taking the lead in cases” and as a “really approachable, nice chap who is very clear in his advice.

Dominic has been recommend as a Leading Junior for Personal Injury in numerous editions of Legal 500. The 2016 edition states he “always goes the extra mile for clients.

Product Liability
Dominic has also been recommended as a Leading Junior for Product Liability in 2015. He is described as “client focused and highly recommended.


University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Professional Memberships


R v Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited [2017] EWCA Crim 2186

Dominic Adamson acted for Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited in the Court of Appeal in a successful appeal against sentence.  Lord Chief Justice Burnett delivered the judgment of the Court on 20 December 2017.  The fine was reduced from £700,000 to £300,000.  The case concerned a breach of section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

R (HSE) V Tata Steel UK Limited [2017] EWCA Crim 704

In what is believed to be the first successful appeal against sentence for a very large organisation sentenced for health and safety offences under the Definitive Guidelines, Keith Morton QC and Dominic Adamson secured a substantial reduction in a fine imposed on Tata Steel UK following its guilty plea to two health and safety offences.

Inquest into the death of Adrian Plummer

Inquest into the death of a person who accessed railway infrastructure operated by TfL.  The issues in the case included consideration of the response of line controllers to the knowledge that a person had accessed the infrastructure.

Cardarello v John Atwell Transport & Others

Dominic Adamson acted for the 3 Defendants who faced a claim for £5.7 million following 3 road traffic accidents.  The Claimant alleged that as a result of accident related symptoms he had failed to conclude a contract for the sale of wine to the USA.  The Claimant recovered nothing in relation to the wine contract.  The total award to the Claimant in respect of the 3 accidents was less than £40,000.

R v Tata Steel UK Ltd

Prosecution concerning an explosion at a steel works when water was being used to cool a spillage of molten material.  The case considered the engineering issues which gave rise to the spillage and operational issues which resulted in the explosion.  Fine of £180,000 imposed.

Re: Rachel Anne Burke

Inquest into the death of a trekker in the Himalayas who died as a result of altitude sickness.

R v Tata Steel UK Ltd & Vesuvius Ltd

Prosecution arising out of a death during a steel-making vessel relining operation.  Court accepted the defendant’s argument that death was not caused by admitted breach.  Fine of £120,000 imposed.  Also appeared at the earlier inquest into the death.

M v A

Commercial litigation following an explosion in a piece of industrial equipment.   The amount in dispute was £10 million.  Case was concluded with a favourable settlement .

Inquest into the death of Thomas Challs (Deceased)

Acted on behalf of Securitas Security Services Limited who provide a replacement fire rescue service.  The deceased died in a residential fire whilst the London Fire Brigade were taking industrial action.

HSE v Richard Parker & Allied Domecq

Case involved a fatal accident where an employee of the RP fell through a perspex roof light which formed part of a corrugated asbestos roof.  RP was fined £26,667.  AD fined £276,000.  Issues in the case involved safe working procedures and lack of work equipment.

HSE v Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems

Acted for Defendant in trial arising out of a series of incidents where employees suffered injuries whilst operating the press which was used to bend rails.  Numerous risks assessments performed in relation to the operation.  After the final incident the process eliminated the risk.  Argument over whether Defendant had done all that was reasonably practicable.

A v B

Personal injury case arising out of road traffic accident.  Acted for the Claimant.  The Claimant had sustained a brain injury.  Claim settled for a sum in excess of £1million.

Powertrain Group Litigation

Employees of Powertrain at the Longbridge claimed damages in relation to respiratory illness arising out of exposure to contaminated metal working fluid.  They commenced group litigation.   There were related Third Party proceedings.

Prosecuting and Defending Health and Safety Cases

30th April 2007

Co-author of book written with the intention of highlighting the various areas of law associated with prosecuting and defending health and safety cases