Oliver Sanders QC and Matthew Flinn are acting as Counsel to the Inquest for investigations into the deaths of five young people, who were killed in the bombing of the Horse and Groom Pub in Guildford on 5 October 1974. The story of the convictions (overturned on appeal) of the “Guildford Four” formed part of the May Inquiry in the early 1990s, and even the basis of a feature film, but these inquests are intended to investigate in detail for the first time, and commit to public record, the story of those who died and how they came by their deaths.
A large quantity of documentation is being gathered from a variety of sources, including the National Archives, the Ministry of Defence, the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police. Identifying material which is relevant to the scope of the inquests and preparing such material for disclosure is the current focus of the inquest process, which is still in the Pre-Inquest Review stage.
The investigation continues to attract national media attention (see the BBC’s coverage of the last hearing here) which is likely to increase as the final hearings approach.