Austin Welch

Call To The Bar: 2005


“A very personable barrister.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021 – Health and Safety

“All the qualities you expect in the best barristers – he is meticulous, a great tactician and confident on his feet. He combines all this with a very personable approach, and my clients can’t speak highly enough of him.” “Austin’s capacity for hard work is mind-blowing. He has a diverse practice and is handling high-level and large-scale work.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021 – Inquests and Public Inquiries

“Very knowledgeable; his written and oral advocacy is top class. He is very patient and understanding with clients. A very capable lawyer and is very generous with his time. He has a very good track record. Legal 500, 2021 – Regulatory – Tier 1

A committed and exceptionally talented barrister; without doubt a future QC. He is meticulous in his approach to the case and excellent with the client, he was reassuring, confident and worked hard to ensure a positive outcome for the client.”– Legal 500, 2021 – Inquests and Inquiries – Tier 1

Combines superb client care with fantastic technical ability”– Legal 500, 2020 – Inquests and Inquiries – Tier 1

His client care skills are second to none”– Legal 500, 2020 – Regulatory, Health & Safety and Licensing – Tier 1

“An excellent tactician who is persuasive on his feet.” Legal 500, 2019 – Inquests and Inquiries

 “He combines fantastic technical ability with great client care skills.” Legal 500, 2019 – Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing

 “Knowledgeable and approachable.” “Very thorough.” – Chambers and Partners 2019 – Health and Safety

“His legal, tactical and presentational abilities are excellent.” – Legal 500, 2018 – Inquests and Inquiries

Austin Welch is a specialist in regulatory law, focusing on health and safety, environmental law, inquests and professional discipline.

Austin represents clients in relation to health and safety, fire safety, food safety, environmental and product safety offences. He is regularly instructed to represent companies and individuals charged with regulatory offences in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court.  Austin is experienced in representing clients from a wide variety of industries and is known for providing clear, commercial advice.

Austin also represents clients in public inquiries and inquests, particularly those involving health and safety issues. He has appeared in some of the most high profile and complex inquests and public inquiries in recent years and represents companies, individuals and family members who are granted interested person or core participant status.

As a member of the Regulatory List, Austin is instructed by the HSE and Environment Agency to prosecute health and safety and environmental law cases. Austin is also a member of the Attorney-General’s  List of Counsel and is regularly instructed to represent government departments in complex Article 2 inquests.

Austin is recognised by the leading legal directories as being a leading junior in health and safety law, inquests and public inquiries.

Austin represents medical professionals in disciplinary proceedings brought by the GMC. He regularly appears on behalf of doctors in fitness to practice proceedings in the MPTS as well as other professionals charged with disciplinary offences by their regulators. Austin also has significant experience in representing police officers in disciplinary and criminal proceedings.

Austin is also able to draw on his knowledge and experience of coronial law to represent doctors, nurses, police officers and other professionals in inquests.