Inquests

David represents both institutions and private clients at inquests. This is often in inquests either involving deaths in custody or where there are perceived failings by hospitals or healthcare practitioners, but his inquest experience is wide and extends, for example, to deaths of soldiers on active service overseas, air crashes and serious traffic accidents.

He regularly represents families of the deceased, the Prison Service, hospitals and healthcare practitioners, as well as private sector companies and organisations who are granted interested persons status.

He is the author of two chapters in “The Inquest Book” (2016, Hart Publishing, ed. Garnham and Cross).

Selected Cases

  • Shoreham Air Crash (2016/2017): Death of 11 spectators following crash of Hawker Hunter jet at airshow.
  • Re Imran Douglas (2015): Death of young offender at HMP Brixton, following transfer from YOI.
  • Re Daniel Byrne (2015): Death of inmate at HMP Woodhill.
  • Re Sgt Loughran-Dickson (2014): Death of soldier on active service in Afghanistan.
  • Re NM (2014): Death of mother caused stroke during childbirth, misinterpreted MRI.
  • Re Thi Hien Tran (2013): Death of prisoner in custody following series of healthcare errors.
  • Re David Love (2013): Death in custody, suicide.
  • Re Robin Blowes (2012): Patient in confused post-operative state who fell from hospital window. Subsequent HSE prosecution.
  • Re Raymond Lane (2012): Issues over adequacy of review of scans for patient with brain tumour.
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