Inquests

Leanne has a wealth of experience of inquests, including a number of high profile, long-running cases. She regularly acts in Article 2 inquests for families, NHS Trusts, healthcare practitioners, the prison service and police forces. She frequently acts for medical staff in death in custody inquests. She has been appointed as Assistant Coroner for London East.

Leanne has specialist knowledge of dealing with public interest immunity issues in the context of inquests, including applications to the High Court.

Selected Cases

  • Inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy: Junior counsel to the inquest in this inquest into the unexplained death of a Russian national on British soil in which Russian state involvement was alleged.
  • HM Coroner for Surrey v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 3001 (Admin):  Junior counsel for the Surrey Coroner in the Home Secretary’s application to withhold documents from an inquest on public interest immunity grounds.
  • Inquest into the death of Daryl Hargrave: Acted for the Prison and Probation Service in a 4 week inquest into the suicide of a young prisoner who suffered from psychosis.
  • Inquest into the death of Amy El-Keria: Acted for a psychiatrist in 4 week inquest into the death of a 14 year old who died while having psychiatric care at the Priory Hospital.
  • Inquest into the death of Daniel Maynard: Acted for the Metropolitan Police Service in inquest into death of a mentally ill man who killed himself after police contact.
  • Hillsborough inquests: Worked with Charles Russell Speechlys as part of the legal team acting for The FA.
  • Inquest into the death of Scot Young: Represented a mental health trust in the inquest into the death of a millionaire who died after falling onto railings outside his flat, shortly after being discharged from a mental health facility.
  • Inquests into the 52 deaths arising from the 7 July 2005 London bombings: Instructed as sole junior for the British Transport Police.
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