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1 Crown Office Row

Inquests & Public Inquiries

6 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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1 Crown Office Row is well known in this field for having "excellent barristers of all levels of seniority" who are renowned for handling central roles in extremely high-profile cases. Recent work highlights include counsel to the inquiry instructions in the Infected Blood Inquiry, the Manchester Arena Inquiry, the Undercover Policing Inquiry and major inquests including those concerning the 2017 London Bridge terror attack and the Birmingham pub bombings. Clients include public bodies such as police forces and councils, as well as private individuals and family members. Market commentators note: "1 Crown Office Row are top-level in terms of legal analysis, wide-ranging work and their involvement across inquests and inquiries."

Client service:

"The clerks always go above and beyond to help." "The clerks really are fantastic. In addition to being very friendly and approachable, they are very competent, efficient and reliable." "Matthew Phipps leads the show and he is brilliant, but they are all excellent and if there's anyone I can't get hold of I know someone else will always step into the breach to help me." The set produces a 'Law Pod' podcast in which members provide legal updates and views. Training events and seminars are also laid on for instructing law firms.

Strengths:

Alasdair Henderson
Alasdair Henderson possesses a breadth of inquests and inquiries expertise. He has been instructed as counsel to a number of prominent public inquiries, and has notable experience in inquests arising from deaths in prisons or mental health institutions.
"He's easy to work with, he works hard, and the work produced is spot on." "He's able to cut through complex issues and boil them down to the essential points. He has a very reassuring manner."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel to the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

Strengths:

Amy Mannion
Amy Mannion is a sought-after barrister for major public inquiries involving the police. She also handles judicial review challenges to the decisions of inquiry chairs. She has additional experience advising clients on a range of matters arising in inquests including redaction of documents and preparatory hearing.
"She is a great performer in the inquests and inquiries space." "Her submissions are clear, persuasive and extremely well delivered."
Recent work: Continued to act as first junior counsel to the Metropolitan Police in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Strengths:

Matthew Hill
Matthew Hill has an outstanding track record of instructions in very high-profile public inquiries and inquests. He is a go-to barrister for coroners and inquiry chairs and also advises medical professionals, bereaved families and other core participants. His expertise includes clinical negligence and professional discipline matters.
"His written work is extremely impressive and he is effective in court." "An absolute machine for the work, he turns around pure quality work very efficiently."
Recent work: Continued to act as junior counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry, including defending against judicial review applications.

Strengths:

Neil Sheldon QC
Neil Sheldon QC represents NHS trusts, healthcare professionals and other participants in complex inquests. His wide-ranging experience includes cases concerning the armed services, national security, healthcare and historic child abuse.
"He is trusted by the government for its most sensitive cases and has a presence about him absolutely." "A brilliant advocate who can handle a vast caseload."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Jeremy Kyle in the Steven Dymond Inquest concerning a guest on the Jeremy Kyle Show who took his own life after failing a lie detector test.

Strengths:

Oliver Sanders QC
Oliver Sanders QC is experienced in representing coroners and interested persons at prominent inquests, and has appeared in some of the most high-profile public inquiries of recent years. He has represented NHS trusts, medical professionals and family members.
"He's bright, experienced and very good on paper and in submissions." "He is extremely impressive in getting to grips with the wider political and societal issues surrounding the Undercover Policing Inquiry."
Recent work: Continued to represent a core participant group of over 100 undercover officers from the Metropolitan Police in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Strengths:

Peter Skelton QC
Peter Skelton QC is frequently instructed as counsel to large inquests and inquiries which are often under considerable media scrutiny. He also routinely represents parties in inquests involving clinical negligence, and is instructed to defend coronial decisions in judicial review proceedings.
"He has the gravitas and people listen to him, but he is also very accessible." "He's a thoughtful, thorough and tenacious advocate for his clients."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Inquests & Public Inquiries

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Inquests & Public Inquiries


Neil Sheldon QC
Band 1
Oliver Sanders QC
Band 3
Peter Skelton QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Inquests & Public Inquiries


Alasdair Henderson
Band 3
Amy Mannion
Band 3
Matthew Hill
Star Individuals