James Ageros QC

Call 1990 · QC 2015

"He has an ability to subtly win over a jury. He's technically very proficient and just absolutely fantastic."


Chambers and Partners 2012

James Ageros QC

Practice Overview

James Ageros practises exclusively in health & safety and environmental law. For many years he has been recognised as one of the most accomplished and versatile barristers in the field. He has been rated in the top category for juniors in health and safety for a number of years and has been consistently nominated as outstanding junior. He is the co-author of Matthews and Ageros, 'Health and Safety Enforcement, Practice and Procedure', OUP, now in its third edition.

His health & safety practice involves a mixture of defence and prosecution, court and advisory work. Over the past decade he has represented a number of companies, public authorities and individuals in cases involving fatalities in the workplace. He also does a large amount of inquest work and enforcement notice appeals. On the prosecution side, he has regularly appeared in cases of the upmost complexity and seriousness. His clients include, construction companies, local and county councils, hotel chains, hospitals, rail infrastructure providers, care homes and a variety of other businesses in different sectors. He has been involved in a number of the high profile health & safety cases, including R. v. Friskies Petcare UK Ltd, R v Balfour Beatty (the Hatfield disaster), R v Kennet & Connelly (the Tebay disaster). His environmental work includes prosecutions in respect of the large-scale disposal of controlled waste.

A greatly experienced, jury savvy and technically astute health and safety and regulatory silk.  Consistently rated in the top tier of practitioners in the field. Author of most widely used practitioners' text book

Areas of expertise include: construction, demolition, work at height, traffic management, asbestos, railways, medical devices, clinical failings, recreational and professional diving, machine guarding, gas appliances, electrical contracting, swimming pool and water course accidents.


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