Irwin Mitchell fights coroners in court

The date has been set for what could be a landmark legal action for Irwin Mitchell in relation to decisions made by coroners.

The High Court will hear the case of a coroner’s decision not to hold an inquest into the death of Leslie Vines , 77, who died just 10 days after being admitted to Birmingham’s Maypole Nursing Home.

Vines suffered from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but although neither a post mortem nor an inquest was held, his cause of death was recorded as bronchial pneumonia.

If the case is successful, inquests into as many as 16 other deaths at the home may also take place.

Partner Jonathan Peacock is leading the judicial review on behalf of Vines’ family. Peacock instructed Alison MacDonald of Matrix Chambers as lead counsel.