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Alison Hewitt

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Alison Hewitt
Wide-ranging inquests and public inquiries practice. She is instructed by coroners and interested parties in matters involving police law, professional discipline and clinical and mental health. She also serves as the Senior Coroner for the City of London and routinely represents coroners in public law challenges.
Strengths: "She is very calm and very knowledgeable in this area and she sits as a coroner so she has that extra perspective. She's a very good advocate in inquests." "There are certain categories of cases where her expertise, demeanour and balanced and calm approach are invaluable." "She is very well connected with the coroners and what she doesn’t know about this area isn't worth knowing."
Recent work: Acted as counsel to the Senior Coroner for Surrey in the inquests into the murders of Christine and Lucy Lee. The shotgun used by their murderer had been returned to him by Surrey Police prior to the attacks, despite serious concerns about the risks he posed.
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Inquests/ Coronial Law; Public/ Administrative Law; Police Law; Personal Injury; Professional Regulatory. Alison Hewitt has specialised in inquests for nearly 20 years and is very experienced in all aspects of coronial law and procedure. She is a Specialist Editor of Jervis on Coroners. Alison has acted as "Counsel to the Inquest" in numerous long and complex cases including the high-profile and sensitive inquests into the deaths of Ian Tomlinson, Poppi Worthington and Terrence Smith. Alison also represents a wide range of clients at inquests, including Police Constabularies, private prisons, NHS Trusts, care homes and local authorities, and in associated Judicial Reviews, such as R (Maughan) v HM Coroner for Oxfordshire in the Supreme Court. Most of her work concerns deaths involving state agencies, in particular deaths in prison or Mental Health Units, and deaths with a background of complex clinical care. In her police law practice she acts for Chief Constables in relation to civil claims, judicial review, public inquiries (including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) and professional standards/misconduct matters.

Career

Called to the Bar 1984; HM Senior Coroner for the City of London (a part-time role) in 2016. She also acts as a Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council.

Professional Memberships

The Coroners' Society of England and Wales; PIBA

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