The Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire has ruled, at the conclusion of a three-day inquest this week, that the disgraced publicist Max Clifford died of natural causes.

Mr Clifford was a high-profile PR consultant best-known for creating headlines such as ‘Freddie Starr ate my hamster’. He was convicted of historic sexual offences in 2014 and sentenced to 8 years in prison. He died on 10 December 2017, whilst serving his prison sentence, of a rare heart condition. Although his family had raised concerns about the quality of his medical treatment and the conditions in prison, the coroner found that nothing could have prevented the disease taking its course and that prison conditions had nothing to do with his death.

Alasdair Henderson, instructed by Sophie Barbour of Hempsons, represented the healthcare team at HMP Littlehey at the inquest. Read further details here.