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


Is it Fair to Refer?

The recent case of Dr Arora, an Indian qualified female doctor, has once again shone a spotlight on the fairness of fitness to practise investigations, and has again highlighted concerns about the discrimination which appears to exist in the referral and...

QEB Hollis Whiteman Breaks Down Barriers With The 10K Black Interns Scheme

QEB Hollis Whiteman are delighted to have participated in the inaugural 10,000 Black Interns scheme (aka "10KBI”) at the Bar this year. When we first heard about the scheme, we were excited to get involved and assist with shaping...

Selva Ramasamy QC invited to speak at the British Medical Association (BMA) Medico-legal conference

Selva Ramasamy QC has been invited to speak at the British Medical Association (BMA) Medico-legal conference, to be held Thursday 7th July, between 9:15 AM – 16:40 PM at BMA House Tavistock Square London WC1H 9JP. Selva will be...

QEB Hollis Whiteman nominated at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022

We are delighted to announce that QEB Hollis Whiteman has been shortlisted for Corporate Crime set of the year award at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022. Additionally, congratulations to our members who have been shortlisted for the below categories. ...

Anne Whyte QC's report into the mistreatment of gymnasts published

In July 2020 a significant number of gymnasts, and parents of gymnasts, made allegations about mistreatment within the sport of gymnastics. A number of the concerns alleged that British Gymnastics had failed to deal appropriately with complaints it had...

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...


Bullied in court? Here's what our chambers can do about it

It is vital that chambers support individuals who have suffered bullying. QEB Hollis Whiteman has now adopted an external bullying policy. A panel of barristers within Chambers (including a senior QC) will now address complaints of bullying by judges,...

The Angiolini inquiry: Missing the big picture?

Ruth Broadbent examines the scope of the inquiry into Sarah Everard’s murder: what exactly does it seek to prevent, & how far is it willing to go? The full article can be accessed  here. ...

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...