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Inquests & Public Inquiries | UK Bar

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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
    2024 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    1 Crown Office Row is well known in the inquests and inquiries 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 Covid-19 Inquiry, the Manchester Arena Inquiry, the Undercover Policing Inquiry and others. Barristers have acted in numerous difficult inquests of national importance, including Molly Russell's inquest. Clients include public bodies such as government departments, police forces and councils, as well as doctors, private individuals and the bereaved. Our interviewees note: "They have a good spread of very good people who instil trust."
  2. 5 Essex Chambers
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    5 Essex Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 1 | 5 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 frequently act for coroners or inquiry chairs. Members have an especially strong following among police forces. Recent work has included key roles in the UK Covid-19, Post Office Horizon and Infected Blood Inquiries. Market commentators note: "Not only are individuals strong, but the chambers has the depth to cover at short notice." Sources further remark: "5 Essex Court has a great track record and experience in big inquiries; they certainly know what they are doing."
  3. Doughty Street Chambers
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    Doughty Street Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 1 | 5 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 notable instructions in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the inquest into the death of Stephen Dymond, and the Covid-19 Inquiry.
  4. Serjeants' Inn Chambers
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    Serjeants' Inn Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 1 | 4 Years Ranked
    Many of Serjeants' Inn Chambers' barristers have extensive experience handling inquests as well as high-profile public inquiries. Members are frequently instructed by the police, the NHS and other public bodies. Recent work includes involvement in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, Undercover Policing Inquiry, Infected Blood Inquiry and Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Barristers from the set have also acted in inquests including those into the Fishmongers' Hall terror attack and the Shoreham Airshow crash. Clients say: "I have a lot of confidence in the skill and knowledge of many barristers within this chambers."
  5. Temple Garden Chambers
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    Temple Garden Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 1 | 5 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 UK Covid-19 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 "a broad range of expertise in inquests and public inquiries at all levels."
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Band 2
  1. 3 Raymond Buildings
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    3 Raymond Buildings
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    3 Raymond Buildings offers considerable expertise in handling inquests as a result of its longstanding 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. Hugo Keith KC has been appointed lead counsel to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. The barristers frequently act on behalf of police officers and other emergency services. Clients note: "3 Raymond Buildings has effective and high-quality barristers across all levels of seniority, which gives them a very strong offering for this kind of work as it needs a substantial team of counsel in varying roles."
  2. Garden Court Chambers
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    Garden Court Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 2 | 5 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 acted in numerous high-profile cases including the UK Covid-19 inquiry.
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Band 3
  1. 2 Hare Court
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    2 Hare Court
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    2 Hare Court has a noted specialism in inquests and has been involved in public inquiries including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and the 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 or 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. 39 Essex Chambers
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    39 Essex Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 3 | 1 Years Ranked
    39 Essex has a robust inquest and public inquiries practice. The barristers have wide experience representing core participants and are also instructed by coroners and as counsel to the inquiry. The set acts for public and government bodies, commercial clients and bereaved families. Key instructions include significant roles in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
  3. Crown Office Chambers
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    Crown Office Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 3 | 3 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 concerning deaths in custody, and those arising from accidents in numerous contexts including on construction sites and at care homes. Renowned for its health and safety expertise, the set can boast considerable experience in corresponding criminal regulatory and civil proceedings arising from inquests. Key instructions include significant roles in the Grenfell Tower and UK Covid-19 Inquiries.
  4. Henderson Chambers
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    Henderson Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 3 | 3 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' health and safety knowledge means 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 being "personable and practical, with excellent strategic and commercial insight."
  5. Matrix Chambers
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    Matrix Chambers
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 3 | 4 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; members have also been involved in the Covid-19 Inquiry.
  6. QEB Hollis Whiteman
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    QEB Hollis Whiteman
    Inquests & Public Inquiries
    2024 | Band 3 | 3 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. Recent highlights include instructions in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Manchester Arena Inquiry and the Steven Dymond inquest.