Inquests

Caroline has a varied inquest practice and acts in inquests pertaining to medical and mental health matters, local authorities and military personnel. She represents both the bereaved and Interested Persons. In 2019, Caroline was appointed Assistant Coroner to Southwark and Croydon.

She is also the co-editor of, and contributing author to, ‘The Inquest Book: The Law of Coroners and Inquests’ (Hart Publishing, 2016)’.

Caroline was also junior counsel for the Treasury Solicitors in the Public Inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa [2008 – 2010].

Selected Cases

  • Inquest into the death of John Brackenbury [2017]: Represented the family of a grandfather who died at Addenbrookes Hospital following a failure to prioritise surgery for a stroke.
  • Inquest into death of Heather Loveridge [2017]: Represented the family of a grandmother who set herself on fire at a mental health unit using a cigarette lighter following a failure in the Trust’s search policy.
  • Inquest into the death of Amin Abdullah [2017]: Represented the partner of an award-winning nurse who suffered mental health issues as a result of a delayed disciplinary process and dismissal from his post with a Trust. He killed himself whilst an informal patient on a mental health unit.
  • Inquest into the death of Marion Munns [2016]: Represented the family of a nurse who died whilst under the care of the community mental health services of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Inquest into the death of Tyler Redhead [2013]: Inquest into the death of a 14 week old baby who died of head injuries and who had suffered other significant non-accidental injuries. Represented the council who were responsible for social care for the family and the deceased.
  • Inquest into the death of Martin Dunleavy [2011]: Represented the family in this five day jury inquest. The Deceased, who had exhibited paranoid behaviour leading to his arrest, had been admitted to hospital and was found in a stairwell with fatal injuries. The verdict was accidental death.
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