We are one of the leading sets in the country for public inquiry work.

Our experience includes acting as Counsel to the Inquiry and representing interested parties. We have appeared in many of the leading cases where the need for, or conduct of, public inquiries is in issue. Our team regularly feature in relevant publications and are shortlisted for awards.

The inquiries in which we have been involved cover subjects as diverse as:

  • Child Abuse (IICSA investigations, Jimmy Savile Inquiry, States of Jersey Historic Abuse Redress Scheme, Victoria Climbie Inquiry)
  • Conflict & War (Iraq Inquiry, Kenya Emergency Group/’Mau Mau’ Litigation)
  • Criminal Justice System (Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Undercover Policing Inquiry, Maguire 7)
  • Detainees & Abuse  (Al Sweady Inquiry, Detainee Rendition Inquiry, Baha Mousa Inquiry, Robert Hamill Inquiry)
  • Failures in the Health Care System (Infected Blood Inquiry, Paterson Litigation, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, The Richard Neale Inquiry, The Royal Liverpool Children’s (Alder Hey) Inquiry (Organ Retention), The Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry, Beverley Allitt Public Health, Sellafield Inquiry, The BSE Inquiry, The Stafford DGH Legionnaires Disease Inquiry)
  • Maritime Disasters (The Marchioness, Herald of Free Enterprise, loss of HMS Derbyshire)
  • Media (Leveson Inquiry)
  • Prisons (Zahid Mubarek Inquiry, Strangeways)
  • Rail Accidents (Ladbroke Grove Inquiry, Southall Rail Inquiry, Purley Station Inquiry, Clapham Railway Disaster)

‘An excellent set’ with ‘a strong inquest team’ which draws upon the chambers’ wider expertise in clinical negligence, personal injury, and human rights law.”A very strong set with many excellent inquest and inquiry practitioners.” (Legal 500 2024) 

“A first-rate and go-to chambers for complex inquests and inquiries”, instructing solicitors say that they are “always impressed with the set’s barristers and the type of work offered.” “Leading set for inquests – a fantastic outfit.”

1 Crown Office Row is well known in the inquests and inquiries field for having excellent barristers at all levels of seniority, who are renowned for handling central roles in extremely high-profile cases. Our interviewees note: “They have a good spread of very good people who instil trust.” “1COR has the best clerks, who always pick up the phone and get back to you as promised.” “I have always been impressed with the clerking, particularly at the senior end; they will go out of their way to make things easy for you.” (Chambers & Partners 2024)

“A first-rate and go-to chambers for complex inquests and inquiries”, instructing solicitors sat that they are “always impressed with the set’s barristers and the type of work offered.” “An excellent set – the number one option for inquest and inquiries work.”

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