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Public Inquiries

Four Members of 1COR involved in the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko

Neil Garnham QC and Robert Wastell are representing the Home Secretary  and David Evans QC and Alasdair Henderson are representing the Ministry of Defence in the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko which has finally got underway today in the High Court. 

Alexander Litvinenko, a former employee of the Russian Security Services died in a London hospital in November 2006, apparently as a result of poisoning with polonium 210.


Neil Garnham QC, Neil Sheldon and Robert Wastell are representing the Home Secretary in the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko

Neil Garnham QC, Neil Sheldon and Robert Wastell are representing the Government, and in particular the Home Secretary, in the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former employee of the Russian Security Services who died in a London hospital in November 2006, apparently as a result of poisoning with polonium 210.


Philippa Whipple QC lead Counsel to the Detainee Inquiry assisted by Matthew Hill.

The report of the Detainee Inquiry led by Sir Peter Gibson has been published by the Government.  Philippa Whipple QC was lead counsel to the Inquiry.  Matthew Hill was also involved as Counsel.


Nine Members of 1COR involved in Al-Sweady Public Inquiry

Oral hearings in the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry started on 4th March after more than 3 years of investigations. A team of eight members of chambers are representing several hundred military witnesses: Neil Garnham QC, Neil Sheldon, Adam Wagner, Isabel McArdle, Matthew Hill, Alasdair Henderson, Matthew Flinn and Karwan Eskerie. Peter Skelton is also involved as counsel representing four Iraqi witnesses.


Christina Lambert QC and Kate Beattie are Counsel to the Dame Janet Smith BBC Review

Christina Lambert QC has been appointed as lead Counsel to the Dame Janet Smith Review.  She will be assisted by Kate Beattie also of One Crown Office Row. This review “was established by the BBC to conduct an impartial, thorough and independent review of the culture and practices of the BBC during the years that Jimmy Savile worked there.” The Review is chaired by the former Court of Appeal judge, Dame Janet Smith DBE and the review website is at - http://www.damejanetsmithreview.com/.


Members of One Crown Office Row acted in the Leveson Inquiry

Neil Garnham QC and Alasdair Henderson acted for the Metropolitan Police and Peter Skelton acted for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) in the Leveson (phone hacking) Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press. Lord Leveson’s report arising from this Inquiry is expected to be published on 29th November.


Peter Skelton acting for the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in the Leveson Inquiry

Peter Skelton is acting for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) in the Leveson (phone hacking) inquiry. This body, headed by the Mayor of London, was formerly the Metropolitan Police Authority and was responsible for the oversight of the Metropolitan Police Service. 


Philippa Whipple QC is lead counsel to the Detainee Inquiry which will provide a report to the Prime Minister shortly

Philippa Whipple QC is lead Counsel to the Detainee Inquiry which was established to look at whether Britain was implicated in the improper treatment of detainees held by other countries in the aftermath of 9/11.  On 18 January 2012, the Justice Secretary announced that the Inquiry would be brought to a conclusion, in light of ongoing police inquiries. He stated that the Inquiry would provide a report on its preparatory work to date, highlighting themes and issues which might be the subject of further examination and that the Government remained committed to holding an independent, judge-led inquiry once all police investigations had concluded. The Inquiry aims to provide its report to the Prime Minister shortly.


Philippa Whipple QC appointed Counsel to the “Detainee Inquiry”

Philippa Whipple QC has been appointed lead counsel to the “Detainee Inquiry”.   The Inquiry will look into allegations that the UK Government and its intelligence agencies were involved in ill treatment of detainees held by other countries (eg in Guantanamo Bay) on suspicion of terrorist activity in the aftermath of 9/11.  


6 members of Chambers instructed in the Public Inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa

Neil Garnham QC, David Evans, Caroline Cross, Matthew Donmall, Kate Beatie and Adam Wagner have been instructed by the Treasury Solicitors in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry, which aims to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi civilian who died whilst in the custody of British soldiers in September 2003.


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