We have wide experience of coronial law, appearing in inquests as well as claims for judicial review of coroners' decisions and subsequent damages claims.
Members of chambers have appeared in some of the leading cases in the field.
This work often overlaps with other areas of our expertise, including clinical negligence, mental health, personal injury, medical crime, human rights and public inquiry work. Members of chambers regularly appear in inquests representing both families of the deceased and other interested parties including clinical practitioners, NHS bodies, private health care providers, government departments and local authorities.
We have extensive experience in dealing with deaths in custody, including prison, police and mental health detention and often involving deliberate self-harm, suicide and allegations of mistreatment and neglect. Recent examples are the inquests into the youngest person ever to die in custody (14 year old Adam Rickwood) and the only child to die under restraint (15 year old Gareth Myatt).
We have appeared in a number of inquests (and related litigation) arising out of military deaths, often in Iraq and Afghanistan, including those concerning: the crash of Nimrod XV 230; lack of body armour; SAS parachute training equipment; friendly fire on a Challenger II tank; the Sea King helicopter crash; improvised explosive devices and counter-measures.
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