Austin Welch

Call To The Bar: 2005


“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.