Inquests, Inquiries and Public Law

An impressive team with expertise across the field of Public Law; particularly sought-after in matters arising from criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings.


QEB Hollis Whiteman’s Public Law team provides expert advice and advocacy in the full range of Public Law matters where there is a connection with a criminal or regulatory law issue. We have in-depth knowledge of the sectors we work in and provide strategically astute advice and persuasive advocacy where Public Law matters arise.

Our Experience

Our Public Law team are experts in matters arising from industry regulation and the criminal justice system.

We bring or defend challenges, by way of judicial review or case stated, in all of the fields we practise in.

We offer advice and advocacy at every stage of the process in both public inquiries and inquests; we have appeared in most of the major inquiries of the last two decades and in many significant inquests.

We conduct internal investigations for organisations concerned about inappropriate activity, drawing on our broad experience in general crime, financial & economic crime, financial regulation and inquiries.

We have experience in major Public Law litigation, acting on behalf of government departments in cases such as Al Rawi & Others v The Security Service & Others (Guantánamo Bay litigation).

We have recently launched the QEB Hollis Whiteman Business & Human Rights Group, advising on individual and corporate liability for human rights abuses.

Members of the Public Law group are regularly called upon to lecture, comment and write about the work we do to experts in the field. We often provide bespoke training on niche areas of interest.

Notable Cases

Sowande v CPS, (2017) 
Case stated on citizens’ power to arrest under s. 24A(1)(b) of PACE. 

Undercover Policing Inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

Mid-Staffs Inquiry

Al Rawi & Others v Security Service, Secret Intelligence Service, Attorney General, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office

Inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Brynin, who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan (2017)

Inquest of Captain Thomas Clarke, a Lynx Helicopter Pilot killed in a crash in Afghanistan (2016) 


Recent Cases


Julian Evans is sworn in as Queen's Counsel today

We are delighted for Julian Evans who is being formally sworn in at a ceremony at Westminster Hall before the Lord Chancellor today.   Julian practises in all of Chambers' disciplines and is particularly noted for his work in...

Tom Kark QC, Chair to the Muckamore Abbey Hospital Inquiry, Issues an Update in Respect of Progress and Planned Hearing Sessions

Allegations of abuse at Muckamore Abbey Hospital, which is run by the Belfast Trust and located on the outskirts of Antrim, first came to light in 2017.  The Inquiry was set up on the 11th October 2021. Tom Kark QC as Chair of the Inquiry, issued an...

Jocelyn Ledward Appointed as a Recorder

QEB Hollis Whiteman is pleased to announce that the Queen has appointed Jocelyn Ledward as a Recorder. We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Jocelyn Ledward as a Recorder on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, The Right...

Jocelyn Ledward Appointed as Senior Treasury Counsel

We have great pleasure in announcing that the Attorney General has today appointed Jocelyn Ledward as Senior Treasury Counsel, with immediate effect.  Jocelyn Ledward was appointed Junior Treasury Counsel in 2014.   Treasury Counsel are...

Ali Bajwa QC joins QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers

QEB Hollis Whiteman is pleased to welcome Ali Bajwa QC as a new tenant. Ali joined Chambers on 4 January 2022. Ali was called to the Bar in 1993. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court.  Ali is...

Julian Evans to be appointed Queen's Counsel

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has approved the Lord Chancellor’s recommendation that Julian Evans should be appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel. Newly appointed Queen’s Counsel will make their declaration in 2022. ...


A Podcast: A Public Inquiry into Covid-19 A Series of Discussions Hosted by QEBHW Part 2: Women - Has the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on Women?

This is the second in a series of podcasts by QEB Hollis Whiteman looking at the topic of a public inquiry into Covid -19 from a variety of perspectives. In this podcast, we explore whether or not the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on...

A Podcast: A Public Inquiry into Covid-19 - a Series of Discussions Hosted by QEBHW Part 1: The NHS - Might the Hand-clapping Turn to Finger-pointing?

The government has now committed to a full statutory public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is the first of a series of podcasts by QEB Hollis Whiteman looking at the topic of a public inquiry into Covid -19 from a variety of perspectives. We...

AN UPDATE: Walking the tightrope of COVID-19 - how can doctors and other healthcare professionals protect themselves from criticism?

Considering how front-line healthcare workers might protect themselves. With the 2020 "clap for the NHS" and recent outrage at the 1% pay rise for NHS staff, it is clear that the national sense of thanks for the NHS prevails and is as strong...

DPP v M [2020] EWHC 3422 (Admin)

Considering the admissibility of the Single Competent Authority's decision at trial Where a Defendant is relying on the modern slavery defence under s.45 Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”) one frequent issue between Prosecution and Defence is...

A Briefing Note: The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill.

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill is in the process of being considered by Parliament. It is currently at the Committee stage in the House of Lords, having passed the House of Commons. The provisions of the Bill make far-reaching...