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.

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)
  • Criminal Justice System (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)

“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)

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