Inquests and inquiries
We are experts in coronial law and appear in inquests as well as claims for judicial review of coroners’ decisions. We also have considerable experience in representing core participants and witnesses before public inquiries.
We are regularly instructed in inquests of the utmost public importance, as evidenced by the involvement of several members of chambers in perhaps the most high-profile and significant inquest of recent times, namely the inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005.
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 such as corporations and authorities (including the police and fire rescue services), employees and professional individuals.
Our experience and skill as criminal advocates mean that we are acutely aware of the demands of jury advocacy and are able to provide comprehensive and rigorous representation for our clients in the course of an inquest.
Interested parties may find themselves vulnerable to criminal or regulatory investigations as a consequence of a coroner’s findings. Our expertise in the overlapping areas of crime, police and professional discipline and health and safety enables us to protect their interests during the inquest as well as provide continuity of representation in any subsequent criminal or regulatory proceedings.
Inquiries invariably involve extremely complex, sensitive and controversial subject matter and become the focus of intense media scrutiny. Individuals and corporations involved in an inquiry may find themselves subject to criminal or regulatory investigations as a result of the inquiry’s findings. Our familiarity with complex criminal litigation and our skill as criminal advocates enable us to meet these challenges and protect the interests of our clients throughout the proceedings. 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.
We have been instructed for various parties in some of the most important inquiries of recent times, including:
- 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)
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