Inquests

Christian has experience of high profile and complex inquests, including article 2 ECHR compliant inquests involving allegations of systemic failure by organs of the state and breaches of the operational duty to protect life.

He is also instructed by the mother of a 13 year old boy who died in school grounds.  It is argued that social services failed to make a referral to Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and that there was a systemic failure of information sharing between the two agencies.

Christian was also instructed on behalf of the family of a man who died as result of a counter-intuitive metro system on the Swansea Kingsway.

He is instructed on behalf of families, the NHS, the MOD and the MOJ.

Selected Cases

  • Inquest into the death of D: Acted on behalf of the mother of a deceased school child.  We make allegations that the failure by numerous agencies, including social services, to ensure that a “looked after” child was referred for mental health treatment in light of threats to commit suicide amounted to a breach of article 2 ECHR.
  • Inquest into the death of Daniel Foss: Represented the family of the deceased. The Coroner found that the road layout of the Kingsway, Swansea, which consisted of a contra-flow metro system, was counter-intuitive and encouraged pedestrians to walk into the bus lane before checking both directions.  Further, the Coroner found that the speed of the bus, close to 30mph, the speed limit of the road, was also a contributory factor. This inquest was extensively reported in the national press.
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