Austin Welch

Call To The Bar: 2005


Austin’s practice is based around the following specialist areas: regulatory law, police law and professional discipline.

Austin specialises in representing clients in relation to health and safety, environmental and product safety offences. He is regularly instructed to represent individual directors, companies and prosecuting authorities in such matters. Austin regularly provides lectures and seminars on regulatory law and is known for his
expert knowledge in this field.

Austin also regularly acts for members of the police force and has appeared in some of the most high profile police cases in recent years. He represents clients in both the criminal courts and in disciplinary proceedings. Austin has a particular expertise in representing clients in inquests and inquiries.

Austin is known for his approachability, professionalism, and business acumen. Before being called to the Bar Austin was a commercial solicitor in the City of London and Tokyo and has a great deal of experience in understanding the business needs of corporate clients as well as providing commercially aware and focused advice.

Austin has a progressive approach to litigation and the role of Counsel in a case. With the increase in the volume of regulatory enforcement and significantly increased penalties for both individuals and companies it is no longer desirable for Counsel to be brought into a case in the days before the first hearing. Austin is regularly instructed at the very earliest stage of a case, often pre-charge, and works closely with his instructing solicitors and lay clients to develop case strategy and direction from the outset. He is able to draw on his tactical knowledge and experience to assist lay and professional clients to achieve the best possible outcome.

He has been praised as being a first class advocate with a formidable intellect, outstanding drafting skills and dedicated to his clients.