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


QEB Hollis Whiteman brings huge experience from working in cases involving the Police, the Military, 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 has appeared in many recent and significant inquest hearings including those arising from: unlawful killings; workplace 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 Katrina O'Hara (2020)

Edward Henry QC (instructed by Nick Terry of  Burton Copeland LLP ) represented the...

Inquest into the death of James Manning (2019)

Thomas Coke-Smyth has been instructed by Fieldfisher to represent the mother of James Manning...

Inquest into the death of Pamela Ratsey

Mark Aldred represented Ms Ratsey's family following her death in care from an infected...

In the Inquest touching upon the death of patient X (2019)

Paul was recently instructed by Nicholas Tennant of the Medical Defence Union to represent a...

Inquest into the death of H (2018)

Philip was instructed by the MDU to represent two GPs, Drs N and G, at the inquest into the death...

GMC v Dr X (2018)

Philip represented Dr X at an oral hearing before the Investigating Committee. The hearing was...