Inquest into the Shoreham Airshow Disaster concludes

21 Dec 2022

Inquests and Inquiries

Yesterday afternoon, the Senior Coroner in the Shoreham Airshow Disaster Inquest concluded that the eleven men who died when a plane crashed onto the A27 during an aerial display were unlawfully killed.

Gerard Forlin KC acted for the majority of the families who lost their loved ones in the crash.

The learned coroner found that “[the pilot’s] flying was exceptionally bad in several aspects such that I am satisfied, applying the threshold as described in Misra, that this was, on the balance of probabilities, so far a departure from the standards to be expected that it meets the high threshold for the final element of gross negligence manslaughter”. Her full ruling can be read here.

The inquest has also been covered extensively by the press, including the BBC, the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.

Gerard acted alongside junior counsel Kirsten Heaven, and was instructed by Sarah Stewart of Stewarts Law; DMH Stallard; and Russell-Cooke Solicitors.  He took silk in 2010 and has extensive expertise in aviation law. A “ferocious advocate who leaves no stone unturned” (Legal 500 2022), he is consistently ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Guides in the fields of Aviation, Inquests, and Health and Safety Law.