FFW leads on fresh Hillsborough inquest

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) public law partner Martin Smith has been hired to advise on the fresh inquest into deaths of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Smith is the lead solicitor to the inquest and has instructed One Crown Office Row’s Christina Lambert QC, who is leading Matthew Hill of the same set and Jonathan Hough of 4 New Square.

A pre-inquest hearing will be held in London on 25 April, replacing an original inquest that found the deaths to be accidental, with the Hillsborough Independent Panel report published in September raising concerns about the way the first inquest was carried out.

Smith, who joined FFW from Clifford Chance in 2004 (2 November 2004), was the official solicitor to the 2003 Hutton inquiry and to inquests into the deaths of Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed in 1997 and the 7/7 London bombings.

Shortly after the September report appeared, the SRA launched an investigation into the conduct of solicitors involved in the aftermath of Hillsborough (20 September 2012).

The findings alleged that partner Peter Metcalf at Squire Sanders’ UK legacy firm Hammond Suddards legacy was involved in the process of “review and alteration” of police officers’ recollections about the event (13 September 2013).