Inquests & inquiries

Inquests

We are experts in coronial law. Members of chambers have been involved in most significant inquests of recent times, including the inquests into the London Bombings of 7th July 2005, the Mark Duggan Inquest and the inquest into the death of Jean Charles De Menezes.

We appear in inquests of all kinds, including those relating to the action or inaction of the police, medical negligence, product liability, industrial disease and fatal workplace accidents. Our experience includes acting as counsel to the inquest, representing bereaved families and other interested parties.  Inquests can leave interested parties vulnerable to criminal or regulatory investigations.  Our expertise in the overlapping areas of crime, professional discipline, and health and safety enables us to protect client’s interests during the inquest as well as provide continuity of representation in any subsequent criminal or regulatory proceedings.

Notable cases

Some notable examples of recent inquests in which members of chambers have been instructed include:

  • Ufton Nervet Inquest (derailment of First Great Western Intercity 125 running from London Paddington to Plymouth resulting in 7 deaths and a number of serious injuries)
  • Ian Tomlinson (death in course of G20 protests)
  • 7/7 Bombings (Leading Counsel to the Inquests; Counsel to the British Transport Police; Counsel for victims’ families)
  • Lakanal House (Camberwell tower block fire in which six people died)
  • Mark Saunders (shooting of barrister by police officers)
  • Raoul Moat (death of Raoul Moat during police stand-off)
  • De Menezes (Stockwell shooting) (Counsel for MPS; Counsel for individual police officers)
  • Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed
  • Mark Duggan (Leading and junior counsel to the MPS, Counsel for the Silver Commander, Counsel for the investigating officers)

Inquiries

Public inquiries

We have considerable experience in representing core participants and witnesses before Public Inquiries. As with inquests, members of chambers have been involved in most of the significant public inquiries held over recent years.  Our expertise in the overlapping areas of crime, police and professional discipline and health and safety means that we can also provide continuity of representation in any subsequent criminal or regulatory proceedings.

Recent inquiries in which we have acted include:

  • Leveson (inquiry into press practices)
  • Baha Mousa (involvement of armed forces in death of an Iraqi civilian in Iraq war)
  • Stephen Lawrence (sufficiency of murder investigation by Metropolitan Police Service)
  • Victoria Climbié (child abuse and failure to protect)
  • Bloody Sunday (actions of state agents)
  • Alexander Litvinenko (former KGB/FSB officer who died following the apparent ingestion of radioactive polonium-210)
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Undercover Police Inquiry