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 shortlisted for awards, most recently with Neil Sheldon QC named ‘Public Inquiries Barrister of the Year UK’ by The Lawyer Monthly in 2019.

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)

Well known in this field for having “excellent barristers, of all levels of seniority,” who are renowned for handling central roles in extremely high-profile cases. Recent work highlights include counsel to the inquiry instructions in the Infected Blood Inquiry, the Manchester Arena Inquiry, the Undercover Policing Inquiry and major inquests including those concerning the 2017 London Bridge terror attack and the Birmingham Pub Bombings. Clients include public bodies such as police forces and councils, as well as private individuals and family members.

Instructing solicitors note: “It is a top-notch set, which has a longstanding relationship with us due to the quality of work they produce. The barristers are fabulous – my go-to on complex matters.”

“The clerks are fantastic. They’re excellent at developing and maintaining relationships with solicitors and they make it their business to know who you are – you get a very personal service.” “The whole clerking team is friendly and easy to work with, and they offer good responses in good timescales. It’s a well-oiled machine.” Band 1, Chambers & Partners 2021

‘1 Crown Office Row is a fantastic set for clinical negligence, Professional Discipline and inquest work. The have excellent juniors and silks who all seem to have brains the size of Britain and everyone at chambers from the tea ladies to the Head of Chambers is a pleasure to work with.’ ‘1COR is an impressive chambers in the field of inquests and inquiries. It does a lot of medical work and Government work through the Treasury Panel.’ Tier 1, Legal 500 2021

Matthew Phipps 1COR

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