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Inquests

Offering outstanding support for inquests.

Our exceptional team has appeared in the most high-profile inquests of recent years. They are leaders in the field, with outstanding expertise that sets them apart. We employ effective strategies and forensic preparation from the start, with specialist barristers at all levels to handle whatever complexities arise.

Recognised as a leading set for inquests, we offer a comprehensive service covering every aspect of these challenging, stressful and often highly complicated processes. The team comprises a large number of inquest and coronial law specialists at all levels (including a Senior Coroner and a number of Assistant Coroners) with unparalleled expertise.

We have extensive inquest experience in a range of sectors, including the police, emergency services, healthcare providers, government departments, local authorities, prison services, security firms, the military, and both publicly listed and private companies.

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We understand the sensitive nature of inquest proceedings and deploy inquisitorial advocacy skills appropriate to the high-profile clients we represent. Our barristers are praised for excellent client care skills and incisive, practical approach to handling difficult circumstances.

Our team’s expertise covers all stages of the inquest – from pre-inquest issues, such as investigation, disclosure, the need for a jury, anonymity, the ambit of inquests and the application of Article 2 of the ECHR, to the aftermath of inquests in implementing recommendations and ensuring organisational learning.

We share our knowledge through in-house training, lectures, regular newsletters and an annual conference. Our inquest team also provides advice and assistance to the victim support charity, Murdered Abroad.

Members of the inquest team have appeared as both counsel to Interested Persons and Counsel to the Inquest on numerous high profile inquests including:

  • Fishmongers Hall Inquests
  • Corrie McKeague Inquest
  • Streatham Inquest
  • Plymouth Shootings Inquest
  • Guildford Pub Bombings Inquest
  • Susan Nicholson Inquest
  • Trevor Smith Inquest
  • East London Inquests
  • Gaia Pope Inquest
  • Yassar Yacub Inquest
  • Police Sergeant Matiu Ratana Inquest
  • The Deepcut inquests
  • The London Bridge Attack inquests
  • The Westminster Terror Attack Inquests
  • Birmingham Inquests (1974)
  • Hillsborough Inquests

To find out more about how our experts can help you during an inquest, contact our clerking team who will provide immediate support.

For more information please contact our clerks.

Call +44 (0) 20 7410 2000 or click here to email

Inquests Expertise

Representing Corporate and Public bodies at inquests

Counsel to the Inquest

Public Law challenges to Coroners’ decisions

Compliance with duties of co-operation and candour

Advising on Regulation 28/ ‘Prevention of Future Death’ reports

Inquests Barristers

King's Counsel

Jason Beer KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2011

Fiona Barton KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2011

Anne Studd KC

Call 1988 | Silk 2012

Samantha Leek KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2012

Francesca Whitelaw KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2023

Charlotte Ventham KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2024

Juniors (10+ years)

Alison Hewitt

Call 1984

Andrew Waters

Call 1987

John-Paul Waite

Call 1995

Bilal Rawat

Call 1995

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

Russell Fortt

Call 1999

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Beatrice Collier

Call 2004

Jonathan Landau

Call 2004

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Georgina Wolfe

Call 2006

Rob Harland

Call 2006

Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Peter Taheri

Call 2007

Emma Price

Call 2007

Olivia Checa-Dover

Call 2007

Cicely Hayward

Call 2009

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Robert Talalay

Call 2010

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Amy Clarke

Call 2010

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012

Alice Meredith

Call 2013

Aaron Moss

Call 2013

Sarah Taylor

Call 2014

Juniors (under 10 years)

John Goss

Call 2015

Peter Laverack

Call 2015

Molly Joyce

Call 2016

Aimee Riese

Call 2016

David Messling

Call 2017

Zander Goss

Call 2017

Jennifer Wright

Call 2018

Conor Monighan

Call 2019

Edmund Garnett

Call 2021

Paige Jones

Call 2021

“We view them as the leading set for inquests”

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