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)

“1 Crown Office Row is singled out as “undoubtedly a market leader” by sources for its presence and expertise in inquests and inquiries. Members are frequently instructed as counsel to the largest public inquiries and brought in to represent coroners in the most sensitive and high-profile inquests, as well as related litigation. They also represent bereaved families and the full range of interested parties, including NHS trusts, government departments, police forces and local authorities. The barristers have attracted major instructions in the Birmingham and Guildford pub bombing inquests, the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Alexander Perepilichnyy inquest, and the Westminster Bridge inquests, among others. According to a solicitor, “their barristers are all absolutely top-notch.” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Band 1)

“The clerking is always brilliant, smooth and responsive.” “They are approachable and understand the work we do and the client demands we face.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

“1 Crown Office Row is for many ‘the leading set for inquests and inquiries work‘. Members have appeared in inquiries covering a vast array of areas such as child abuse, matters with national security elements, deaths in custody and clinical settings and transport accidents. They have also been involved in many of the most high-profile inquests, acting for both interested parties and coroners, as well as handling judicial reviews of coroners’ decisions.” (Legal 500 2019, Tier 1)

Matthew Phipps 1COR

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