Neil Cameron LL.B. (Hons) Leicester, B.A.(Hons) Hull, Call 1984

Neil Cameron has been in private practice at Wilberforce Chambers since 1988. His practice comprises a mixture of civil and regulatory work.

Professional Reputation

Civil

  • Property: in particular boundaries, easements, restrictive covenants, landlord and tenant, nuisance and property related professional negligence.
  • Commercial: varied contractual disputes, including, in particular, property related matters.
  • Building: including claims relating to both the construction of and damage (especially tree root related damage) to buildings.
  • Highways: inquiries into both new highways and claimed public rights of way or access.

This work is undertaken on behalf of individuals, companies, local authorities and insurance companies.  It includes both residential and commercial property, and frequently involves considering the evidence of surveyors and engineers.

Regulatory

  • Health and Safety: examples of cases dealt with include explosions, collapses of structures and temporary works, injuries and fatalities caused by factory machinery and the use of vehicles at work, the release of toxic substances, rail and dock accidents, asbestos contamination, radiation leaks.
  • Environmental offences: examples of cases include major chemical spillages, water contamination and the inappropriate disposal of controlled waste.  
  • Other areas: includes planning enforcement, trading standards (including property misdescription), food safety.

All of this work is on behalf of defendant companies (or, occasionally, the directors of such companies) and includes major national and international companies. 

These cases arise out of a wide variety of incidents but almost invariably involve the detailed consideration of expert evidence in the appropriate field or fields, and the consideration of the commercial and public relations aspects, as well as the legal aspects, of any proceedings.

Most cases involve appearances in the Crown Court or the Magistrates’ Court, but an increasingly important aspect of this work is advisory work, or appearances at inquests, with a view to attempting to discourage or prevent prosecuting authorities from commencing or continuing with prosecutions.

  

Recommended for Health & Safety work in every edition of Chambers and Partners Guide to the UK Legal Profession between 2000 and 2015.

Qualifications & Appointments

  • University of Leicester, 1980 - 1983
  • Inns of Court School of Law, 1983 - 1984
  • Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel) 2000 - 2012
  • Recorder (North Eastern Circuit, Chancery) 2008 - present
  • Assistant Coroner (South Yorkshire (East District)) 2009 - present
  • Assistant Coroner (West Yorkshire (West District)) 2013 - 2015
  • Assistant Coroner (Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire) 2015 - present

Memberships

  • Gray's Inn
  • North Eastern Circuit (Treasurer, 1996 - 1999)
  • Property Bar Association
  • Health and Safety Lawyers' Association (Treasurer, 2005 - 2008)
  • Coroners' Society of England & Wales
  • Yorkshire Coroners' Society