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UK Bar London (Bar) Inquests & Public Inquiries

Barristers ranked in this section have demonstrated a strong and committed practice appearing as counsel in major public inquiries, at high-profile coroners' inquests or both. In public inquiries, barristers may act in proceedings relating to topics including policing, healthcare, transport, prisons, the press and any other issue which is the subject of sufficient public concern. They may represent state agents, businesses, the bereaved and other core participants, or act as Counsel to the Inquiry. At inquests, they may represent key interested parties, or may advise or act as coroners.

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Band 1
  1. 1 Crown Office Row
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    1 Crown Office Row
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 4 Years Ranked
    1 Crown Office Row is well known in this field for having excellent barristers at 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 various strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Barristers from the set have acted in major inquests including the Streatham attack, Stephen Port and Guildford Pub Bombings inquests. Clients include public bodies such as government departments, police forces and councils, as well as doctors, private individuals and the bereaved. Our interviewees note: "The set has a depth and breadth of clever people but they don't rest on their laurels: they are constantly evolving and changing and making sure they're keeping their instructing solicitors happy."
  2. 5 Essex Court
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    5 Essex Court
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 4 Years Ranked
    5 Essex Court has an extremely strong bench of seasoned experts who are consistently involved in the highest-profile inquests and public inquiries. The barristers serve a broad client base including NHS trusts, local authorities and government departments, and coroners or inquiry chairs. Members have an especially strong following among police forces. Recent work has included key roles in the Fishmongers' Hall inquest, Grenfell Tower Inquiry and Manchester Arena Inquiry. Market commentators note: "5 Essex Court leaves an excellent impression of real depth in its junior ranks," in addition to its "star performers" at senior silk level.
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    Doughty Street Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 4 Years Ranked
    Doughty Street Chambers has an established reputation as a leader in the field of inquests and inquiries. Members of the set have substantial experience in extremely high-profile matters, typically representing victims and bereaved family members, or acting as counsel to the inquiry. The chambers draws strength from the barristers' expertise across a range of areas including mental health, and police and prison law. Recent work includes instructions in the Independent Inquiry in Child Sexual Abuse, the inquest into the death of Molly Russell, and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
  4. Temple Garden Chambers
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    Temple Garden Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 4 Years Ranked
    Temple Garden Chambers is 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 Tower 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 Airshow disaster. Members are noted for having "strength in representing a broad range of public authorities" and for doing "a breadth of work in inquest and inquires."
  5. Serjeants' Inn Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. 3 Raymond Buildings
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    3 Raymond Buildings
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    3 Raymond Buildings offers considerable expertise in handling inquests as a result of its long-standing practice in this area. The set draws strength from its criminal and regulatory experience in matters involving policing, crime or terrorism. Recently members have been involved in numerous high-profile cases including the London Bridge, Jermaine Baker and Fishmongers' Hall inquests, and the Grenfell Tower, Undercover Policing and Manchester Arena Inquiries. The barristers act on behalf of police officers and other emergency services. Clients note: "The barristers at 3 Raymond Buildings have significant experience in handling complex matters, and they do so in a structured, calm and thoughtful manner."
  2. Garden Court Chambers
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    Garden Court Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Renowned for its sensitive but robust representation of bereaved families, Garden Court Chambers has retained a strong reputation in inquests and public inquiries. The barristers have notable experience representing the bereaved in matters examining the actions or inactions of the police and other public authorities. They have recently acted in high-profile cases such as the Birmingham pub bombings inquest and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
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Band 3
  1. 2 Hare Court
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    2 Hare Court
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    2 Hare Court has a noted specialism in inquests and has been involved in public inquiries including the IICSA, Manchester Arena and Grenfell Tower Inquiries. The set's barristers typically act for corporate entities in such matters, although they are also instructed by government, the NHS, or as counsel to the inquiry. Members offer considerable experience acting in a wide range of inquests, including those into deaths in workplace, care and medical settings.
  2. Crown Office Chambers
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    Crown Office Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    Crown Office Chambers possesses a robust practice in public inquiries and inquests, with members generally acting for companies or public bodies. Barristers from the set have a strong track record in a wide range of matters, including inquests arising from deaths in custody, on construction sites, at care homes and as a result of fires and explosions. Renowned for its health and safety expertise, the set can boast considerable expertise in corresponding criminal regulatory and civil proceedings arising from inquests. Key instructions include significant roles in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  3. Henderson Chambers
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    Henderson Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    Henderson Chambers is noted for its impressive depth and breadth of expertise in inquests and inquiries, in which it tends to act for corporate clients, as well as public bodies. Members boast considerable prowess in product liability and health and safety. They are well placed to act for clients in matters involving rail and transport safety, and construction workplace deaths. Several of the barristers have been instructed in the Grenfell Tower and other notable public inquiries. Clients describe Henderson Chambers barristers as having "a combination of practicality, commercial astuteness and intelligence."
  4. Matrix Chambers
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    Matrix Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Matrix Chambers is a strong choice to represent the bereaved at inquests, and non-state core participants in public inquiries. The set's standing in public and human rights law makes it a go-to chambers for Article 2 inquests or related judicial reviews. Recent highlights include acting for more than 200 survivors and bereaved families in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; three members have also been involved in the Infected Blood Inquiry. Clients note that "Matrix as a set inspires confidence and has a superb capacity to deal with the most complex issues."
  5. QEB Hollis Whiteman
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    QEB Hollis Whiteman
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    QEB Hollis Whiteman has an impressive breadth of expertise in the field of public inquiries and inquests. Members act for public bodies, private companies and the bereaved. The set has strengths advising on medical, policing and military matters, in which the barristers draw from their professional disciplinary, criminal and health and safety experience. Recent highlights include instructions in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Manchester Arena Inquiry and the Steven Dymon inquest.