Rex Tedd Q.C. is a senior silk with a nationwide practice and reputation. He took silk in 1993. He was elected Leader of the Midland and Oxford Circuit [1999-2002]. Since 2000, he has been a Deputy High Court Judge, authorised to sit in Queen’s Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions. He has been a Recorder since 1995. He was elected a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple in 2000.
His principal area of practice in recent years has been heavyweight, complex and high profile criminal work, with a strong emphasis on health and safety work. He has been briefed in many recent high profile criminal cases.
Qualifications and Experience
(a) King Edward’s School, Birmingham [Foundation Scholar]
(b) Lincoln College, Oxford [M.A., B.C.L.]
(c) Honorary Doctorate, Birmingham City University
Lecturer in Law
(a) Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto [1967-1968]
(b) Nottingham University [1968-1971]
(a) Called to the Bar 1970, Inner Temple [Yarborough - Anderson Scholar]
(b) Appointed Queen’s Counsel 1993
(c) Elected Master of the Bench, Inner Temple, 2000
(a) Elected Leader of the Midland and Oxford Circuit 1999-2002
(b) Deputy High Court Judge, 2000-onwards [Queen’s Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions]
(c) Recorder 1995-onwards
(d) Assistant Boundary Commissioner 2001-onwards
(e) Chairman Mental Health Review Tribunals 2001-2011
“An excellent silk.”
Legal 500 2019
Lauded for his wealth of knowledge across the expanse of health and safety law. He is routinely instructed by the HSE to undertake major health and safety prosecution cases, particularly in the energy sector.
Strengths: “He has an excellent way with clients and is a superb advocate.”
Chambers UK 2018
An experienced silk who is renowned for his involvement in high-profile health and safety cases. He frequently appears for the HSE in significant prosecutions.
Strengths: “He is a regulatory silk with a national reputation. He has huge capacity to digest mammoth quantities of evidence and disseminate its significance in a particular case. He is a superlative advocate who has immense charisma coupled with necessary gravitas.” “He is an excellent trial advocate.”
Chambers UK 2017
“He has a very solid grasp of his case and a manner that is easy to work with. he is a forimdable advocate.”
Legal 500 2016
HSE -v- Carillion Highway Maintenance Ltd and others
Prosecution for HSE of major motorway contractor, and sub-contractors for breaches of HSWA, s.3, arising from fatality at motorway cross-over.
Prosecution of care home official in lengthy trial arising from the North Wales enquiry.
Prosecution of JCB helicopter pilot for manslaughter, and regulatory offences, arising from fatal helicopter crash.
Fats and Proteins Ltd
Lengthy trial, arising from disposal of animal carcasses at rendering plants during the foot and mouth crisis, and the emission of noxious fumes.
Company officers prosecuted for manslaughter, arising from death of several men while working on a cradle within a chimney stack under demolition.
Re: Mineral Resources Ltd
One of a series of cases, representing the Environment Agency in the Chancery Division, in respect of waste management licenses, whose corporate holders had gone into liquidation.
Whelan Refinery Ltd
Flawed commissioning of an oil recycling factory, resulting in emission of noxious fumes.
HSE -v- Apollo Cradles Ltd
Lengthy trial, arising from structural collapse of cradle used on outside of high building, resulting in fatalities and serious injuries.
HSE -v- Alstead and Davison
Prosecution of mine manager, and another official, for offences under HSWA, and associated regulations, arising from underground fatality caused by escape of methane.
Re: Cameron deceased
Represented HSE, and Mining Inspectorate, at inquest of mine face-worker crushed by collapse of defective roof support.
Aitken -v- South Hams DC
[Leading House of Lords authority on improvement notices].
HSE -v- UK Coal Mining Ltd [Hunt]
Prosecution for HSE of mine owner for HSWA and regulatory offences, arising from fatality to miner “man-riding” on underground rope haulage system.
HSE -v- UK Coal Mining Ltd [Milner]
Prosecution for HSE of mine owner, arising from underground fatality to miner during salvage work.
HSE -v- UK Coal Mining Ltd [Garrigan]
Prosecution for HSE of mine owner, arising from fatal fall of ground in underground roadway.
Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust and Menna
Instructed by Health and Safety Executive. Prosecution of NHS Trust, and care home proprietor, for HSWA offences arising from transfer of patient from psychiatric hospital to care home, resulting in care worker being stabbed to death. Lengthy trial.
Instructed by Health and Safety Executive. Prosecution of company running waste transfer station for HSWA offences, arising from death of employee run over by Komatsu shovel/loader. Important abuse of process arguments.
HSE -v- Joy Mining Machinery Ltd
Instructed by Health and Safety Executive. Prosecution of mine owner, and mining machinery manufacturer, for HSWA offences arising from mining fatality caused by defective powered roof support.
Natural England -v- Day
Instructed by Natural England. Prosecution of estate owner for offences concerning Site of Special Scientific Interest [SSSI]. Preliminary hearing required a series of Skeleton Arguments of great legal sophistication as to strict liability offences, the meaning of “causing” in environmental cases, Regulator’s rights to enter Defendant’s land, and other topics.
HSE -v- Universal Beverages Ltd and Central Roofing Ltd
Defects in scaffolding to large building, coupled with fatal fall from height.
Environment Agency -v- Cleansing Group Ltd
Skeleton Argument, and preliminary hearing, concerning Regulator’s abuse of process. Natural gas emanating from regulated landfill site.
Assistant Boundary Commissioner for England and Wales
Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple
Former Leader, Midland and Oxford Circuit
Former Chairman of Governors, Malvern Girls College
Deputy High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions
Former Head of Chambers (7 Fountain Court/St Philips)
Former Member (ex officio) of the Bar Council, and its General Management, Legal Services and Direct Access committees
B.C.L., M.A. Lincoln College, Oxford
Honorary Doctorate, University of Central England