Inquests

A team that brings a vast and varied skillset as recognised experts in numerous and related fields; their advisory and advocacy skills are highly regarded in this area.

Overview

QEB Hollis Whiteman brings huge experience from working in cases involving the police, the military and in medical regulation and other relevant areas, to ensure a sensitive and skilled handling of all aspects of the inquest process.  We offer advice and first class advocacy at every stage, representing bereaved families and other interested parties such as corporations and authorities, employees and professional individuals.  The experienced team offers representation at all levels of seniority.

Our Experience

Interested parties and core participants frequently find themselves vulnerable to criminal or regulatory investigation, as well as civil proceedings, as a consequence of the findings of an inquest or an inquiry. Our expertise in the overlapping areas of crime, police and professional discipline, health and safety and the military enables us to protect and promote the interests of parties and participants as well as provide continuity of representation in any subsequent criminal or regulatory proceedings, should the need arise. Where appropriate we work closely with solicitors and experts acting in civil claims to ensure that the evidence adduced through an inquest is of substantial value.

QEB Hollis Whiteman have appeared in many recent and significant inquest hearings including those arising from: unlawful killings; work-place deaths; military deaths and incidents of “friendly-fire”; arson; police pursuits; and deaths in police custody.

Members of Chambers have frequently been instrumental in persuading Coroners to widen the scope of an inquest to address Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Chambers have experience representing many different organisations including The Royal British Legion, various Police Authorities and medical organisations as well as individuals, families and dependants of the deceased.

The strong medical regulatory background of the regulatory team in Chambers puts them in a particularly advantageous position to assist in inquests where there are issues involving the quality of medical care.

Members of Chambers are regularly instructed at the earliest stages of the inquest process with great effect; early and skilled involvement ensures that legal issues such as disclosure, representation, scope of the inquest, contact with the Coroner, expert evidence and legal arguments are all dealt with in a timely fashion, all of which often have significant impact on the course and outcome of proceedings.

Recent Cases

Inquest into the Death of NM (2018)

Selva Ramasamy QC represented a consultant in this inquiry into the death of a mother and baby...

Inquest into the death of Mr Campbell (2018)

Mark Aldred represents an officer at the inquest into the death of a man who was killed during a...

The Anthony Grainger Inquiry (Ongoing)

Julian Evans is instructed to represent Greater Manchester Police in the Inquest proceedings...

Inquest into the death of JC (2017)

Selva Ramasamy represented a leading orthopaedic surgeon in this inquiry into a death following...

Inquest into the death of Ralph Brazier (2017)

Acting for Kier PLC  - interested party at the inquest into the death of a...

News

Tom Coke-Smyth represents the family of LCpl James Brynin, soldier killed in friendly fire incident

Tom Coke-Smyth represents the family of Lance Corporal James Brynin at the inquest into his death in Afghanistan in a 'friendly fire' incident. The matter was adjourned following the family's application that the case be referred back to the...

Inquest of Capt. Thomas Clarke - Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer represent the family of Lynx pilot

Coroner Darren Salter delivered his narrative verdict today at the inquest into the deaths of five servicemen who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer from QEB Hollis Whiteman represented the family of the pilot of...

Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer speak at Leigh Day Solicitors on Coroners and Inquests

Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer gave a talk entitled ‘Coroners & Inquests – developments and practicalities’ to lawyers at personal injury solicitors Leigh Day.   Tom and Polly illustrated the talk with examples from the recent...