Areas of expertise

Inquests & Inquiries

The expertise of 12KBW barristers in the fields of personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence means that we are ideally placed to provide effective representation to families and other interested persons at inquests and inquiries, including statutory Public Inquiries.

Our barristers are frequently instructed in Article 2 inquests (Middleton inquests), as well as at more conventional domestic inquests (Jamieson inquests), including both jury and coroner-only hearings, in judicial reviews relating to inquests and other coronial matters, and at inquiries following fatalities.

Inquests can be crucial in establishing whether a civil claim for damages is likely to succeed, and we are frequently instructed at an early stage in order to ensure that the interests of the client is protected, including at pre-inquest hearings. In addition, our expertise in health and safety results in our barristers being instructed to represent potential defendants at inquests, e.g. following workplace accidents and deaths, which may be followed by a prosecution.

Recent inquests and inquiries involving 12KBW barristers include:

  • death of cyclist hit by a lorry in Central London
  • deaths following neglect by a hospital
  • suicide of a sexual assault complainant after inappropriate conduct by a police officer
  • death in police custody
  • death of a child at a nursery
  • inquiry into an E-coli outbreak in South Wales
  • asbestos-related deaths
  • fatal road traffic accidents, including multiple crash cases
  • death of a cyclist after a crash during a track cycling race (forthcoming inquest).

Members of 12KBW are currently involved in the Infected Blood Public Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry, both widely reported in the media.