The release of the Saville Report into the events around the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry in 1972 has signalled the end of involvement for dozens of law firms and barristers.
Michael Mansfield QC of Tooks Chambers represented a number of the families of the victims of the massacre in which 13 people were shot dead by British paratroopers at a civil rights demonstration. One other demonstrator died later.
Edwin Glasgow QC of 39 Essex Court represented many of the British soldiers who gave evidence, while Brick Court’s Christopher Clarke QC, who became Mr Justice Clarke in 2005, was lead counsel to the inquiry.
Eversheds acted as adviser to the Saville Inquiry from its inception in 1998 until 2004, setting up a dedicated inquiries and investigations team under Peter Jones to interview residents in Derry, soldiers and politicians.
Mansfield was instructed by Northern Irish firm Desmond J Doherty & Co name partner Desmond Doherty, who acted for several families. Other firms advising families included Madden & Finucane and McCartney & Casey.
Payne Hicks Beach dispute resolution partner Peter Stockwell co-ordinated advice for many of the soldiers questioned in the inquiry, with Kingsley Napley partner Stephen Pollard and Devonshires partner Philip Barden among those mandated.
The report, which was released today, found that all those killed on Bloody Sunday were innocent, with Prime Minister David Cameron apologising on behalf of the Government.