A number of our barristers have significant experience of inquest work, covering all aspects of coronial law.
We appear in complex, lengthy and often controversial proceedings at every level in relation to cases which garner considerable public and media interest, and which demand exceptionally skilful and sensitive handling.
We are able to provide representation to all sides at an inquest including to bereaved individuals and families, NHS Trusts and clinical practitioners, government departments, insurers and other corporate entities. We are experienced in dealing with inquests arising from deaths in a healthcare setting as well as in many situations where deaths have taken place in irregular or unusual circumstances, such as suspected politically motivated assassinations, military deaths, gang murders, suicides, deaths in care, and accidents on the railways, the roads and on construction sites.
We are able to draw on experience gained in a wide variety of related areas such as professional negligence and clinical negligence, product liability, human rights, personal injury, employment, insurance and jurisdiction and our clients benefit hugely from this complementary expertise. We are consequently able to offer a “one stop” service for inquests, public inquiries, HSE prosecutions and civil claims in direct, contributory and group litigation.
We are particularly well regarded for the level of specialist knowledge we have in the area of life and health insurance, and we often attend inquests on behalf of Life Insurers following the death of a policy holder. Our experience in this arena spans cases concerning faked deaths, suicides, assassinations, complex medical conditions, disputes between insolvent policyholders and their trustees in bankruptcy, policies written under trust, forfeiture following death caused by the insured’s criminal act and failure to disclose dangerous lifestyles, such as membership of crime rings.
A recent high-profile and complex example of work includes acting on the five-week Inquest into the sudden death of Russian oligarch and whistleblower Alexander Perepilichnyy at the Old Bailey in Re: Alexander Perepilichnyy and Home Secretary v HM Senior Coroner  3 All ER 764, where we represented Legal and General.