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Sought out to provide counsel to the inquiry, or to represent public authorities, private entities or family members in high-profile inquests and inquiries. The barristers have been involved in multiple strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, as well as taking notable roles in the Grenfell Inquiry, the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. They have represented interested parties in inquests including those relating to the 2017 London Bridge attacks and the Shoreham Air Show disaster. Members are noted for "bringing strong health and safety law expertise to their inquests practice."
Client service: "The clerks really deliver a great service." "They are always willing to make themselves available to assist, often at short notice." Dean Norton is the senior clerk.
Andrew O'Connor QC
Incredibly knowledgeable about inquests and public inquiries. He typically acts on behalf of state agents and other interested parties in inquests of national and international significance. He is well versed in matters involving questions of national security, and is adept at advising coroners when serving as counsel to the inquiry.
Strengths: "Andrew has impeccable judgement and he sees straight through problems. He has a very good manner with clients – he's perfect for the most sensitive cases." "He just has such great knowledge of inquest law; I can't recommend him highly enough." "A first choice for complex and sensitive inquests and inquiries."
Recent work: Acted as counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, leading its investigation into the allegations of abuse made against Westminster parliamentarians.
Cathryn McGahey QC
Routinely instructed as counsel to large public inquiries and also demonstrates great aptitude when appearing on behalf of participants. She is a skilled representative of state agents in inquests and has a particular focus on proceedings involving deaths in custody. She is developing a particular specialism in cases concerning child protection.
Strengths: "She is ruthlessly tenacious and fights very, very hard for her clients. She's extremely logical and highly intelligent." "An absolute inspiration, and she works tremendously hard." "She is excellent – everybody knows her and rates her very highly."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the Home Secretary in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
David Barr QC
Receives instructions in a wide range of inquests and public inquiries, frequently acting as counsel to the inquiry.
Strengths: "A great advocate. He is hugely respected and will get the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Dominic Adamson QC
Has significant experience in inquests and public inquiries relating to health and safety matters. He frequently acts on behalf of bereaved families, independent businesses or local authorities in such cases.
Strengths: "He's been outstanding. He's got a good interface with clients and is a good listener and very empathetic." "A fantastic person to deal with: he's easy to get along with, sensible and pragmatic, and clients really like him. He prepares well and puts forward a good case in court or in conference." "Provides very high-calibre counsel. He's grounded and down to earth."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the family members of Xavier Thomas at the 2017 London Bridge terror attack inquests.
Brings an impressive background in health and safety law to her work for interested parties and core participants in major inquiries.
Strengths: "She's very clear and responsive, and is good at seeing the bigger picture. She does some sensitive inquests and understands how difficult cases are run." "Highly experienced, very good on her feet and is appearing in a lot of the higher-profile cases."
Recent work: Instructed by Rydon Maintenance, the main contractor on the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Keith Morton QC
A superb choice for inquests involving health and safety law, particularly in the context of aviation accidents. He represents regulators, businesses, local authorities, individuals and bereaved families.
Strengths: "He is top class, and nothing is ever too much trouble. He always delivers very quickly and the clients really like him." "Keith is a leader in his field; he is approachable and he offers pragmatic advice based on his considerable experience." "He's an extremely clever practitioner who comes up with clever points."
Recent work: Represented the Civil Aviation Authority in the Shoreham Air Disaster inquest.
Exceptional junior, regarded as one of the best advocates of his generation, who is much sought after to act as lead counsel on behalf of state agents in complex Article 2 inquests and public inquiries. He is particularly strong in inquests arising out of military and prison deaths, and adept in matters involving issues of national security.
Strengths: "He's incredibly thorough, and there's nothing that he doesn't know about any case he works on. He is an absolutely sensational cross-examiner: he comes across as mild-mannered but he can absolutely dismantle a witness." "He is always a really good sounding board and in complex challenging cases where attention to detail is vital, he’s superb." "Nicholas' knowledge is fantastic and his advocacy is a dream to listen to. He's the best of the best."
Recent work: Acted as lead junior to the Department of Heath and Social Care and other government entities in the Infected Blood Inquiry.