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.

“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.”

“Their clerking team do an amazing job and is one of the reasons I will come to them time and time again.” “Having worked with other sets of chambers, the clerks’ room at 1 Crown Office Row is efficient, organised, and rarely (if ever) lets me down – I will always recommend them to clients.” Tier 1, Legal 500 2022

“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

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