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Inquests and Inquiries

Our barristers have been instructed in some of the most complex and high profile inquests and inquiries in recent years, both in the UK and further afield.

We act for local and central government, public bodies, companies, insurers and private individuals on inquests and inquiries across a broad range of areas,  including historic child abuse inquiries. We advise on challenges to decisions of coroners by judicial review, and subsequent civil claims and criminal actions.

Our practice is strengthened through our relevant expertise across associated areas such as judicial review and human rights, health and social care and regulatory law.

Major inquests in which our barristers have been instructed include:

Other types of inquests which members are regularly instructed on include:

  • Inquests following death in custody, in a health setting, in the workplace, in a holiday or leisure setting and transport -related deaths.
  • The adequacy of assessments and care plans for the provision of residential care.
  • Good practice in the provision of services to vulnerable adults and children in a residential setting.
  • Health issues in residential care homes.
  • Delineation of responsibilities between local authorities and other service providers.

Our barristers have been instructed in a number of high profile public inquiries such as:

  • The Grenfell inquiry: Acting for one of the major interested persons involved in the inquiry.
  • The Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse: Representing Sussex Police, core participants in the Anglican Church investigation of the Inquiry.
  • The Waterhouse Inquiry into sexual abuse of children in care homes in North Wales.
  • The Robert Hamill Inquiry; a significant Northern Ireland peace-process inquiry. It was one of the first inquiries held under the Inquiries Act 2005 and it was the first inquiry to use the enforcement powers under that Act in the High Court. It is one of the very few inquiries which have resulted in prosecutions being brought.
  • The Azelle Rodney Inquiry; the first public inquiry into a death caused by Metropolitan Police officers. It was conducted by reference to Article 2 ECHR.
  • The Southall train crash Inquiry.
  • The Hatfield train crash Inquiry.
  • The Victoria Climbie Inquiry (advising social workers).
  • The Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash Inquiry.


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