Neil Sheldon QC acts for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the inquests into the...
Recognised as a leading set in the field of inquest work, we have an enormous breadth and depth of experience in coronial law. Our members have appeared in many of the most high profile and controversial inquests over the years, as well as cases that have shaped this area of law.
We appear in jury inquests as well as claims for judicial review of coroners’ decisions and subsequent damages claims. This work often overlaps with other areas of expertise, including public inquiries, clinical negligence, personal injury, human rights, mental health, public law (including prisons, police, the military and the intelligence services). We are therefore ideally placed to advise and represent interested persons and coroners in the most complex of cases.
We provide representation to families and other interested persons, including clinical practitioners, NHS bodies, private health care providers, government departments (including the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and the intelligence services), the police and local authorities. Our members have been Counsel to the Coroner and regularly undertake advisory work for coroners.
Members have also edited and co-authored the leading practitioner guide to coronial law The Inquest Book: The Law of Coroners and Inquests (Hart Publishing, 2016). Read more about our publications here.
Areas of expertise encompass:
- Medical deaths, including alleged surgical, nursing, obstetric and anesthetic failures
- Terrorist-related deaths
- Deaths in custody
- Military deaths
- Construction Accidents
Notable cases include:
- The Hillsborough Inquests: 96 football supporters lost their lives as a result of a crush on the terraces at Hillsborough stadium during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989.
- Inquest into the death of Molly Russell: an inquest which explored the impact of Instagram on teen suicide.
- Inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse: a young girl with a severe sesame allergy who died after eating a baguette from Pret at Heathrow Airport, which led to a global change in food labelling and packaging.
- 7/7 Bombings: terrorist bombings in London on 7 July 2005, in which 52 people were killed.
- Inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko: the former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) who was poisoned by FSB operators.
- Inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy: a Russian national and whistleblower found dead whilst running. It has been claimed he was poisoned.
- Inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell: 6 week jury inquest into the death of a man in Birmingham who was restrained by police at a Mental Health Unit and then transferred by ambulance, whilst still under restraint and with a covering over his head, to another Unit. He was then left in a seclusion room and shortly thereafter died.
- Birmingham Inquests (1974): the reopened inquests of 21 people who died in the IRA Birmingham pub bombing on 21 November 1974.
- In Amenas: inquest into the murder of seven BP workers during a terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant.
- Alice Gross: inquest into the murder of Alice Gross by a Latvian criminal Arnis Zalkalns.
- Coagh Inquests: inquest into the shooting of three IRA volunteers by a specialist British Army unit in 1991.
- Re AC: Irish resident who died of a massive haemorrhage following a late termination of pregnancy, having been discharged from the abortion clinic shortly prior to death.
- Inquest into the death of Grace Roseman: a seven week old baby who died of asphyxia after her head became stuck over the half lowered side edge of a bedside sleeper cot. The inquest has led to an industry-wide re-examination of baby cot safety internationally.
- Liam Hogan: the six year old boy whose father threw him off a hotel balcony in Crete.
- Horatio Chapple: schoolboy who was attacked and killed by a polar bear on a school expedition in Norway.
“1 Crown Office Row houses “an excellent bench of barristers,” which includes some of the most prominent silks and juniors specialising in inquests and public inquiries. According to commentators, “1 Crown Office counsel are consistently among the best in the business.” The set is particularly capable in inquests involving clinical negligence and professional negligence. Members field instructions from healthcare professionals, NHS trusts, bereaved families and other core participants. Coroners and inquiry chairs also routinely seek out counsel from 1 Crown Office Row. The set is consistently involved in the most high-profile instructions, and recent highlights include the Hillsborough inquest, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the inquest into the 1974 pub bombings in Birmingham.” (Chambers & Partners 2018, Band 1)
“The clerks are really good and professional, and they go the extra mile. They take the time to get to know you and look after you.” Senior clerk Matthew Phipps is “excellent” and “runs a tight ship.“(Chambers & Partners 2018)
“1 Crown Office Row has ‘unparalleled strength in depth, which always “produces the goods”’. The set receives instructions in inquests touching on medical and military deaths as well as deaths in custody and various high-profile disasters, such as Hillsborough and the Birmingham bombings (inquest pending).” (Legal 500 2017, Tier 1)
London Bridge & Borough Market Terror Attack Inquests Commence - May 2019
Jonathan Metzer appears in significant double inquest in Ipswich - Apr 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest concludes - Apr 2019
Richard Smith and Robert Wastell appear in high profile inquest into death of Colette McCulloch - Mar 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest opens - Feb 2019
Jess Elliott represents family at inquest exploring impact of Instagram on teen suicide - Mar 2019
Caroline Cross appointed Assistant Coroner to Southwark - Jan 2019
Caroline Cross represents the family of in high profile inquest into infant death - Jan 2019
Inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy concludes - Dec 2018
Rajkiran Barhey featured in the latest AvMA Newsletter - Dec 2018
Neil Sheldon wins ‘Public Inquiries Barrister of the Year’ at the annual Lawyer Monthly Awards - Nov 2018
Caroline Cross appointed Consultant Editor of Halsbury’s Laws for Coroners and Cremation & Burial - Nov 2018
Sarah Lambert QC, on behalf of the family, persuades Coroner to open an inquest into death of young mother - Nov 2018
Jim Duffy in medical ‘neglect’ inquest - Nov 2018
1 Crown Office Row remains a ‘Band 1 Set’ according to Chambers & Partners - Nov 2018
1 Crown Office Row remains a ‘top tier set’ in the Legal 500 2018 Guide - Oct 2018
Jessica Elliott represents family at inquest into meningitis death of student who missed national vaccination scheme - Oct 2018
Paul Reynolds successfully represents family at inquest into death of a patient - Oct 2018
Clodagh Bradley QC acts for the family of cancer patient - Oct 2018
Jeremy Hyam QC represents the family of girl who died after eating a Pret sandwich from Heathrow in ongoing inquest - Sep 2018
Emma-Louise Fenelon in inquest into death in prison - Sep 2018
Peter Skelton QC, Matthew Hill and Gideon Barth successful in Court of Appeal inquests challenge - Sep 2018
Neil Sheldon and Matthew Hill instructed in the Westminster Bridge Inquests - Sep 2018
Delighted to announce Emma Whitting as the new Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire & Luton - Sep 2018
Clodagh Bradley QC represents family at Inquest into maternal death from sepsis - Jul 2018
Peter Skelton QC, Matthew Hill and Gideon Barth in Court of Appeal inquests challenge - Jul 2018
Christopher Mellor acts in long-running Inquest into death following police restraint - Jul 2018
Inquest into death of student from Meningitis - Jun 2018
Leanne Woods speaks on disclosure at AvMA Inquests Conference - May 2018
Emma-Louise Fenelon acted in a recent inquest into death of a young man on a mental health ward - Apr 2018
Martin Forde QC and Sydney Chawatama instructed in the inquest into death of a woman after termination of pregnancy - Apr 2018
1COR members featured in the latest AvMA Newsletter - Apr 2018
Sarah Lambert is acting for the family of a cancer patient - Mar 2018
Dominic Ruck Keene acted for the family in an inquest into the death of Richard Handley - Feb 2018
Robert Wastell acted in an Inquest into the death of Caixia Sun - Feb 2018
Henry Witcomb QC Represents Family In Suicide of Ms Mager - Feb 2017
Verdict of Neglect From Coroner in City Banker’s Death In Private Hospital - Oct 2016
Sarah Lambert is acting for the family of a prostate cancer patient - Oct 2016
Henry Witcomb QC represents the Entenman Family in Ongoing Case - Oct 2016
Shaheen Rahman acts for family in pill death case - Jul 2016
Pritesh Rathod appears at highly publicised contraceptive pill-DVT inquest - Jan 2016
Kate Beattie in Neglect Verdict in Brett inquest - Jan 2016
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon successful in judicial review challenge to the Public Interest Immunity decision in the Litvinenko Inquest - Dec 2013
1COR is representing the family of a mentally ill man transferred between hospitals only weeks before his death - Nov 2012
Dominic Ruck Keene in inquest into death of a prematurely discharged patient - Jan 2018
Jo Moore and Emma-Louise Fenelon instructed in a recent inquest in Winchester - Nov 2017
Caroline Cross represented the family in a recent inquest - Nov 2017
Matthew Hill helps family obtain neglect finding at inquest into respite care death - Jul 2017
Neglect verdict in an inquest with Jeremy Hyam QC acting on behalf of the family - Oct 2017
Second donation of royalties to the Bar Pro Bono Unit from the Inquest Book - May 2017
Jim Duffy acts for family in suicide case where Adequate and Appropriate precautions not taken - Apr 2017
Peter Skelton QC and Robert Wastell, Leanne Woods instructed as counsel for the inquest into Mr Perepilichnyy’s death - Apr 2017
Richard Mumford acts for family at inquest leading to review of baby deaths - Apr 2017
Inquest result announced for Frances Cappuccini, Whose Family Are Represented By Neil Sheldon - Jan 2017
Neil Sheldon Represents Family of Mother, Frances Cappuccini In Ongoing Inquest Into Her Death - Jan 2017
Henry Witcomb QC Represents the Roseman Family At The Inquest Hearing Starting 15th December 2016 - Dec 2016
Profits from the sale of the Inquest Book given to the Bar Pro Bono Unit - Nov 2016
Caroline Cross Represents Family of Nurse in Inquest - Nov 2016
Leanne Woods appears in inquest into death of 14 year old girl in psychiatric in-patient care - Jun 2016
Martin Downs in Inquest on Police Failures to protect a child - Jun 2016
Birmingham bombings inquest to be reopened - Jun 2016
Unlawful Killing – Hillsborough Inquest Handed Down - Apr 2016
Birmingham Coroner hears application to re-open inquests into the 1974 IRA Birmingham Pub bombings - Feb 2016
Michael Deacon acts for family in tragic construction site death - Oct 2015
Oliver Sanders in white water rafting inquest - Oct 2015
Leanne Woods acts in high profile inquest into millionaire’s death - Jul 2015
Richard Booth QC in inquest where expert states that the death of a child could have been avoided - Jun 2015
Shaheen Rahman acting for the mother of woman hit by a train along with her 3 year old son - Apr 2015
Clodagh Bradley for the family in the inquest into the death of a boy on home leave from psychiatric treatment - Oct 2014
Clodagh Bradley and Isabel McArdle appear in inquest into the death of a cyclist with undiagnosed ruptured spleen - Sep 2014
Neil Garnham QC and Matthew Flinn acting for families in Algerian terrorist attack inquest - Sep 2014
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Henry Witcomb represent the family in the inquest into the death of Horatio Chapple who was attacked by a polar bear. - Jul 2014
Pritesh Rathod represented the family of Robert Goddard in the Inquest into his death - Jun 2014
Christina Lambert QC Lead Counsel to the new Hillsborough Inquests with Matthew Hill and Paul Reynolds as Junior Counsel - Mar 2014
Iain O’Donnell has been instructed in the Inquest into the death of Boris Berezovsky - Mar 2014
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon are representing the Home Secretary in the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko - Feb 2014
Clodagh Bradley represented Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the inquest into the death of Mr Goold - Jan 2014
Christopher Mellor acted for an interested person in the Inquest into the death of 15-year-old schoolgirl, Tallulah Wilson - Jan 2014
Paul Reynolds represents the family in an inquest into a death following the failure of a paramedic to treat correctly - Nov 2013
Jeremy Hyam for the family in inquest into death of a toddler resulting from medical failure in 3 hospitals - Oct 2013
1COR appears in inquest on death of 13-year old schoolboy run over outside his school - Jul 2013
Henry Witcomb represented the family of a woman who died whilst in a psychiatric unit despite her husband’s warning she was at risk - May 2013
Alasdair Henderson in inquest into death of Sarah Mulenga and the failure of paramedics attending her - May 2013
Oliver Sanders and Andrea Lindsay Strugo act for the Government in Jimmy Mubenga inquest - May 2013
Christina Lambert QC has been appointed as Lead Counsel to the new Hillsborough Inquests with Matthew Hill as Junior Counsel - Apr 2013
Neil Garnham QC and Neil Sheldon are representing the Home Secretary at the Inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko - Feb 2013
Richard Mumford in inquest into death through neglect of a man in intensive care - Nov 2012
Owain Thomas represents the family of boy killed by falling lamppost - May 2012
Oliver Sanders acts for MOD in Snatch Land Rover inquest - Mar 2010