Drystone Chambers provides advice and advocacy across a range of practice areas for UK and international clients. We appreciate the importance of stability and continuity in client relationships and our sharing of specialisms mean we can assist clients from start to finish.
Clients rely on Drystone Chambers to represent their interests exclusively, whether as individuals, companies, prosecutors or regulators. Our command of complementary areas of law provides clients with better, more insightful advice with which to make decisions and take action.
Members of Drystone Chambers share an ethos of using the law imaginatively and assertively to protect and further the best interests of our clients. It is our frequent experience that in situations where the interests of the individual and the state are in conflict the better course for redress is through public law remedies. That approach may be applied to cases across the spectrum of our practice, from regulatory and disciplinary law to criminal and international disputes. Our approach is also informed in depth knowledge of Human Rights principles and ECHR case law which can be applied effectively within a domestic context.
We act for both regulators and the regulated and know the value of a prompt and responsive service whether in seeking urgent injunctive relief, ensuring that procedural deadlines are met or in replying to unexpected applications and challenges.
A number of our barristers hold high-level government security clearance and junior counsel accept instructions from the Treasury Solicitor and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working on a variety of cases and public inquiries including LIBOR investigations and the Hallett Review.
Health & Fire Safety, and Environmental Protection
Members of chambers act for and against the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, Local Authorities, companies and individuals in these discrete but specialist areas of law. In recognition of our expertise, Drystone Chambers has counsel appointed to the Unified List of Specialist Regulatory Counsel in Health and Safety and Environmental Law and approved counsel to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
In health and safety work we act in cases from the most serious offences involving fatalities to non-fatal accidents and technical breaches in all manner of settings including retail environments, restaurants, construction sites and residential homes. We are also able to appear at Inquests and in statutory appeals.
In environmental health matters we act across the full range of offences from acts of pollution and deposits of hazardous waste to fly-tipping and littering. We also act in appeals against Noise Abatement Notices and other statutory notices.
Members of Drystone chambers advise the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and act for the defence in respect of allegations concerning breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We are able to advise as to as to the sufficiency of due diligence systems and as to the liability of company officers within a corporate structure.
Members of chambers act for Local Planning Authorities, architects, developers and individuals in this specialist area of law.
We are highly experienced in planning enforcement litigation. We appear regularly in the criminal courts in cases covering the spectrum of the offence-creating provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act and associated legislation.
We have conducted cases involving breaches of enforcement, stop and condition notices under the Town and Country Planning Act; demolition or works of alteration to Listed Buildings and buildings in Conservation Areas; control of advertisements infringements; breaches of Tree Preservation Orders and more.
We are able to advise as to the availability or applicability of statutory defences and as to the liability of company officers within a corporate structure.
Our expertise in confiscation perfectly complements this area of law given the significant increase in applications for confiscation being made by local authorities. Frequently we are instructed to appear for both the prosecution and defence in cases that have been committed to the Crown Court under s.70 of the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Whilst our primary expertise is in the criminal arena, we also appear before the Planning Inspectorate and in the High Court on applications for judicial review.
INQUESTS & INQUIRIES
The inquest provides the forum for a detailed examination of the events leading to death. We fully appreciate the sensitivity and importance for families in understanding the causes of an untimely death. Although inquests may not pronounce upon civil or criminal liability, this restriction has proved to be no bar to the uncovering of systemic or individual failures in the delivery of services by the state to the individual. Whether the circumstances relate to an IED in Afghanistan, the misprescription of medication by a GP, or the treatment of those in care, the public interest demands a close examination of the causes of death. This degree of public scrutiny inevitably requires those who have had a duty of care for the deceased, and those whose reputation may be called into question at the inquest, to be properly represented so that their interests may be properly protected.
Public Inquiries, like inquests may often mark the beginning, rather than the end of a process of accountability. The Inquiries Act 2005 has formalised a long-standing inquisitorial procedure developing from the 1921 Act that has existed alongside the adversarial common law tradition. Our public law practitioners have longstanding experience of cases with an international dimension, recently advising the team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office handling the Inquiry into Detainee Treatment post 9/11. The Inquiry chaired by Sir Peter Gibson followed the settlement of the civil litigation brought by a group of Guantanamo detainees against the British government.
Karim Khalil QC
Karim Khalil practises mainly in London and the South East. He has defended or prosecuted most of the high profile and high value matters to arise on circuit in recent years. He has an associate Tenancy in Leeds and Newcastle to more easily accommodate the requests for his expertise across the country. He also advises and represents those involved in cases involving issues of foreign jurisdiction and/or cross-border matters.
Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC
A highly experienced advocate whose practice covers a broad range of criminal civil and public law matters. Andrew is also the joint head of Drystone Chambers. Chambers UK says: "He is enormously intelligent, and is a fierce proponent of his client's cause through compelling and persuasive advocacy." "A fantastic lawyer with a fantastic intellect and fantastic judgement." "He genuinely cares about clients. He understands that POCA is terribly unfair towards the defence and he's someone who really takes that on board and fights against it." Best known for handling restraint and confiscation matters, Andrew has a substantial advisory practice, which involves both civil and criminal law
Alastair Malcolm QC
Alastair Malcolm’s practice covers every aspect of serious crime, from murder to fraud via serious sexual offences and armed robberies. For 9 years was junior standing counsel for the Inland Revenue on the Western Circuit appearing in cases which involved the whole range of Revenue Offences from the simple misuse of “lump” exemption certificates to complicated tax evasion schemes. He was part of the prosecuting team in the Revenue case against Swindon Town Football Club.