Inquests

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.

Overview

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...

News

Inquests: The impact of COVID-19, work related deaths and Article 2 ECHR

Deaths from COVID-19 are likely to give rise to the requirement to hold inquests in a wide variety of cases. This will likely pose a substantial challenge to coroners in both the timing and scope of these inquests, particularly where deaths are also linked...

Covid-19: A Public Inquiry

Calls for a public inquiry into the government and state reaction to Covid-19 are mounting. But is there actually a need for an inquiry and, if so, what form should it take and what should it investigate?  QEB Hollis Whiteman's  Nicholas...

Calls for coronavirus inquiry will be hard to ignore - Nicholas Griffin QC writes for The Times

Nicholas Griffin QC co-authors with Richard Spafford of Reed Smith LLP in an article for The Times. Together they consider that calls for a coronavirus inquiry will be hard to ignore; those who have suffered most deserve answers but the shaping...

Articles

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

Considering how front-line healthcare workers might protect themselves. Recently, the “clap for the NHS” came to an end, after ten weeks. Reasons for its demise include some NHS staff feeling it had been hijacked by politicians, and some...

Inquests: The impact of COVID-19, work related deaths and Article 2 ECHR

Deaths from COVID-19 are likely to give rise to the requirement to hold inquests in a wide variety of cases. This will likely pose a substantial challenge to coroners in both the timing and scope of these inquests, particularly where deaths are also linked...

Covid-19: A Public Inquiry

Calls for a public inquiry into the government and state reaction to Covid-19 are mounting. But is there actually a need for an inquiry and, if so, what form should it take and what should it investigate?  QEB Hollis Whiteman's  Nicholas...

Calls for coronavirus inquiry will be hard to ignore - Nicholas Griffin QC writes for The Times

Nicholas Griffin QC co-authors with Richard Spafford of Reed Smith LLP in an article for The Times. Together they consider that calls for a coronavirus inquiry will be hard to ignore; those who have suffered most deserve answers but the shaping...

Inquests, Prisons and Covid-19

On 25 March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 (‘the 2020 Act’) received Royal Assent and became law. The Chief Coroner has also released a number of Guidance Notes (Numbers 34, 35 and 36) which expand upon the new powers granted in the 2020 Act and...

Preparing for remote hearings: Planning ahead to avoid pitfalls

The outbreak of Covid-19 has put a sharp focus on video link hearings in legal proceedings, and has greatly accelerated their use. The Coronavirus Act 2020 has expanded the use of remote hearings in the criminal courts. Over the Easter weekend,The Times...