Inquests & Inquiries

Members of Mountford Chambers have expertise in representing interested parties at inquests and public inquiries. They understand the need for sensitivity and compassion in these often emotionally charged and distressing cases.

Inquest Barristers

Our barristers are experts in Coronial law and have considerable experience of inquest hearings arising from a variety of circumstances and settings, these include:

  • death in custody
  • death in care home
  • workplace accidents resulting in death
  • homicides
  • whilst being restrained.

Representing bereaved families and corporate bodies, our barristers first-class court advocacy skills and delicate handling of witnesses ensures that evidence is properly highlighted to the Coroner and any Inquest Jury involved in determining the inquest conclusion.

Public Inquiries

Chambers accepts instructions on a wide range of public inquiry matters and for a variety of interested parties, including individuals, senior professionals and public officials. These cases commonly involve high volumes of documents such as investigation reports, statements and expert evidence.

The primary purpose of public inquiries is, according to the government who convenes them, is to ‘prevent recurrence’. Our barristers forensic and astute approach to examining the evidence to identify key issues and potential concerns, make them suitable for instruction on the most complex of inquiries.

Examples of inquiries include:

  • transport accidents
  • fire accidents
  • terrorist attacks
  • mismanagement of pension funds
  • outbreaks of disease
  • self-inflicted deaths in custody

Inquests & Inquiries Expertise

Inquests & Inquiries Barristers

Charles Bott KC

Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Isabelle Gillard

Call: 1980

William England

Call: 1991

Rebecca Upton

Call: 1999

Hugh O’Donoghue

Call: 2004

Laura Hocknell

Call: 2005

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Get in touch

Mountford Chambers is home to a team of highly responsive, experienced and knowledgeable clerks.

Ben Heaviside

To email Ben click here or call on 020 7936 6300
Out of hours 07793 318647

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