Gough Square Chambers is proud to present SAFE 2023, the first of our annual safety law conferences, at Arundel House on Thursday 5 October 2023.


Following the recent expansion of our Health & Safety Team, Gough Square Chambers proudly presents SAFE 2023, the first of our annual safety law conferences, which is to be held at the prestigious Arundel House, London home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells in Medieval times and later of the Seymour’s and the Howard’s.

The overarching theme for 2023 is the safety of buildings, but the conference will be of interest to all safety practitioners. We will cover topical issues in product safety, building safety and fire safety as well as broader trends in safety enforcement and sentencing.

In addition to talks from members of Gough Square Chambers, Jan Andresen will speak on “CDM – Can designers do more?” and Colin Todd MBE will speak on “Rushed Legislation: Unintended Consequences?” in relation to new fire and building safety legislation. Jan is an HM Principal Specialist Inspector and the HSE’s technical lead for structures and demolition. Colin is Managing Director of C S Todd & Associates Ltd, one of the UK’s leading fire safety consulting practices. He was an expert witness to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and is an author of much of the recent and forthcoming guidance on fire safety legislation.


What to expect:

The conference will begin with registration at 11:30am and then run from 12:00 noon until 17:30pm followed by food, drinks, and networking.

The day will end with a reception at which those present will be invited to drink a toast or two to the 37th anniversary of the founding of Gough Square Chambers.

The conference is free, but please register using the link below as places are limited.



11:30 to 12:00 Registration, coffee, pastries
12:00 to 12:15 Introduction – David Travers KC
12:15 to 12:35 Trends in safety enforcement and sentencing – Stuart Jessop
12:35 to 12:55 Current issues in product safety law – Cameron Crowe
12:55 to 13:10 Panel discussion
13:10 to 14:10 Lunch
14:10 to 14:30 Current issues in fire safety enforcement – Alison Lambert
14:30 to 14:50 Liability for defective and dangerous buildings – Laura Phillips
14:50 to 15:20 CDM: can designers do more? – Jan Andresen
15:20 to 15:35 Panel Discussion
15:35 to 15:55 Coffee break
15:55 to 16:15 Current issues in building safety – Sabrina Goodchild
16:15 to 17:00 Rushed legislation: unintended consequences? – Colin Todd
17:00 to 17:15 Panel discussion
17:15 to 17:30 Closing remarks – Jonathan Goulding and David Travers KC


About us

We are a small, specialist regulatory set which combines legal expertise with a very high level of client care. We are particularly known for our work in consumer, food, product liability and financial services, but our expertise extends to all areas of regulatory law. Following the expansion of our safety team with the addition of David Travers KC and Laura Phillips in late 2021, and Stuart Jessop this year, safety law has been a particular growth area within chambers. Our members appear in the most serious and high-profile cases, including corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, across the broad range of health & safety, fire safety, building & housing safety, product safety, food safety and environmental law. This range of expertise, combined with our expertise in consumer law, makes us particularly well placed to advise and deal with matters spanning different regulatory regimes.

To sign up to the event please fill in the form below.