Dominic Kay QC

Call 1997 · QC 2017

"A heavyweight practitioner renowned for his top level Health & Safety work"


Chambers & Partners Bar 100

Dominic Kay QC

Practice Overview

Dominic Kay QC is a specialist regulatory law practitioner, practising exclusively in health & safety, environmental law and inquests and is recognised as one of the country's leading health & safety and environmental law barristers.

Prior to his appointment as Queen's Counsel he was listed as a 'Star Individual' by Chambers & Partners, ranked as a tier 1 'Leading Individual' in the Legal 500 and was listed in the Chambers & Partners 'Bar 100', a list ranking the country's top 100 junior barristers practising across all areas at the Bar.

He has been described in the legal directories as being "a heavyweight practitioner...renowned for his top-level Health & Safety work...a barrister with a nationwide practice...with a strong grasp of clients' commercial and legal requirements and excellent communication skills...very confident before the Bench and when handling opponents" and as having "outstanding knowledge and experience of this niche area of law. He is an excellent advocate, down-to-earth and with a common-sense approach...he takes a dynamic approach and is always looking for an innovative solution".

Dominic Kay's health & safety work involves representing companies and directors, typically in complex prosecutions concerning workplace accidents which result in single and multi-fatalities or serious injuries. His clients include many of the country's best known retailers, manufacturers, construction companies, care homes, leisure companies and public bodies (including PCTs and Councils). He also undertakes work in respect of investigations in the agricultural, forestry and sports sectors, consumer safety cases (including food safety/hygiene) and fire safety prosecutions.

He has been involved in many of the highest profile health & safety cases before the courts and over recent years has been instructed to defend a significant number of the companies charged under the Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act 2007 including in R v Lion Steel Equipment Limited, R v Linley Homes Limited and R v Huntley Mount Engineering Limited. He has considerable experience in manslaughter prosecutions against individuals.

His environmental work includes defending companies and directors charged in respect of large-scale and high-profile pollution incidents (land, watercourse and offshore), permitting offences, waste escapes and licence infringements. He has considerable experience in fisheries cases. His recent work includes representing major utility companies, chemical storage facility operators, manufacturing companies prosecuted for discharges leading to pollution incidents, leisure companies and research laboratories.

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