Top junior Gerard Forlin is a 'manslaughter specialist' and clients praise his 'great industry knowledge' and 'incredible work ethic', recent cases include acting for Balfour Beatty on the Hatfield rail crash




Gerard Forlin was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn and appointed Queen’s Counsel 2010 in both Civil and Criminal (see


Languages spoken:   English, French, Italian, basic Cantonese

He was previously Senior Crown Counsel, Hong Kong.

Gerard is also called to the Bar in Australia and is a member of Denman Chambers in Sydney. He is also a member of Maxwell Chambers in Singapore where he has his own room.

He is admitted as a barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Island Circuit.

Gerard has just undertaken a series of lectures for the Foreign and Commonwealth office on the UK Bribery Act in Australia (2013). He will be conducting more later in the year, in other countries including Singapore

He has recently been appointed to an International Mediation and Arbitration panel of 14 worldwide Members for the Royal Aeronautical Society. There are only two QC's on this global panel.

He is vice chair of the health and safety lawyers association.

Gerard's areas of expertise in which he also acts globally, includes the following:

Regulatory, specialising in health and safety and corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, disaster litigation, aviation, railways, shipping safety, diving, oil and gas, environmental crime, construction, professional discipline, public inquiries, fraud, regulatory offences, product liability, healthcare, commercial fishing (EU), consumer crime, licensing, corruption and bribery, waste offences, human rights and inquests.

The Legal 500 continues recognition of Gerard’s practice with the most recent edition (2013) ranking him as a leading Silk under 'Health and Safety', and 'Product Liability'.  Having taken Silk, Gerard was ranked in the newly amalgamated grouping ‘Consumer and product liability’, and ‘Health, safety and environment’.  In Consumer law Gerard was singled out as showing “impressive judgment and strategic skill”. In the 2011 Legal 500 directory Gerard was described as having an 'encyclopedic knowledge of Health and Safety law' and in relation to consumer and product liability it said, ‘Technical and industrial product claims specialist Gerard Forlin QC is blessed with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and the inner workings of the prosecution’. In the 2009 edition he is described as a ‘formidable advocate with strength in technical and industrial product claims'. ‘managing the evidence well and is very good with juries'.

In the September 2008 he is described as a ‘manslaughter specialist’, clients praising his ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘incredible work ethic’, recent cases include acting for Balfour Beatty on the Hatfield crash. “Forlin’s robust style of advocacy, easy client manner and market awareness all combine with the above to merit a first-tier ranking.”

The current Chambers and Partners 2014 guide ranks Gerard as a leading Silk in Health and Safety, desribing him as "an able, experienced practitioner, and a good advocate." "He is one to have on your side during any investigation into a workplace death."

In Chambers and Partners 2013 it is described that he "brings bags of charm, has an extraordinary mastery of his brief and produces a lovely turn of phrase".

In Chambers and Partners 2012 he is ranked as a leading Silk in Health and Safety.   He is admired by peers for “the flamboyance with which he presents his cases.”  He is a specialist in numerous fields and has notable expertise of the rail and aviation sectors.  His health and safety practice has led him to undertake the defence of many corporate manslaughter prosecutions.  Solicitors say: “He is exceptional as he is both very good with clients and very good at keeping a team together.”

In Chambers and Partners 2011 he is ranked as a leading new Silk in Health and Safety.  Interviewees describe him as “an old-fashioned jury advocate with excellent knowledge of his subject and a great feel for his cases”“A seasoned defender of international blue-chip companies in fatality cases, he is a tireless performer”.

In Legal Experts 2011 he is ranked as a leading new Silk in Consumer and Health and Safety and in May Gerard was awarded a Finance Monthly Law Award 2011.  These prestigious awards span many different fields and jurisdictions throughout the legal world.  Gerard was voted as a winner in the Health and Safety category.  Andrew Palmer of Finance Monthly, observed that “The 2011 Finance Monthly Law Awards recognise all those firms [and individuals] that have dedicated their resources to innovation, built on their depth of expertise and performed outstandingly over the year.”

He has been involved in over 250 fatality cases and has appeared in the vast majority of major cases in this field in the last ten years. He also acts for the Environment Agency on policy issues.

In the last five years he has been ranked in no fewer than five areas in both the leading independent directories including:

  1. Health and Safety
  2. Crime
  3. Public Inquiries and Inquests
  4. Consumer Law
  5.  Environmental Law

Gerard is also:

Gerard has been involved in over 250 fatality cases and has appeared in the vast majority of pivotal cases in this field in the last ten years, including:

Overall, Gerard acts for the defence in approximately 10 - 20% of all fatality prosecutions in the UK. He has also acted in over 150 Jury Inquests both in the UK and overseas.

His client list includes:

Gerard also lectures and writes:

After taking Silk in March 2010, Gerard has been involved in over eleven fatality cases.  In May 2010 and in January 2012 (Inquest) he acted for Thyssen Krupp in a lift fatality case in the city of London.  Inter alia he has acted for three large local authorities.  Another recent case was where he acted in a catamaran inquest, the case dating back to 2003. In 2012/2013 he acted in a lengthy inquest in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.  All of these were high profile matters.

He has also been retained in other global matters involving catastrophic incidents.  These include cases involving fatalities in construction (two), aviation, gas, water pollution, agriculture, funfairs, driving, mining, shipping and swimming pools.

He has also lectured and or consulted in the last two years in over fifteen countries, including the USA, Australia, Canada, The British Virgin Islands, China, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Singapore and the Middle East. He has lectured, consulted or practiced in over 40 countries.

Gerard was invited, together with the Chief Executive of Zurich, to participate in a debate with Lord Young at the inaugural seminar on the Coalition Government’s proposed changes to the regulatory regime.  He has also recently been requested to respond to the proposals of Professor Lőfstedt.

Gerard Forlin QC was appointed to a sub-committee (2 QC's, 2 Juniors and 2 Solicitors) of the Association of London Welsh Lawyers looking into the Welsh Government Consultation on whether there should be a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales.

November 2013