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Inquests and Inquiries

Garden Court is one of the leading chambers in the UK representing bereaved families in inquests and core participants in public inquiries.

We have been involved in most of the landmark and far-reaching inquests including the recent Hillsborough inquests, the Mark Duggan inquest, the Litvinenko inquest and inquests into historic political deaths in Northern Ireland.

Garden Court has also been involved in ground-breaking inquiries such as the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the Mubarek Inquiry and we are currently involved in the Pitchford inquiry into undercover policing.

Members of the team have acted as counsel to the Coroner in several notable inquests and we are active members and supporters of INQUEST, the campaign group supporting families of those who have died in state custody.

Garden Court Chambers won Human Rights and Public Law Set of the Year Award at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2016.

Our expertise

Our barristers specialise in representing properly interested persons and core participants throughout every stage of the inquest and inquiry process. We also advise on potential civil claims for damages and judicial review challenges to inquest and inquiry rulings or conclusions.

Garden Court Chambers is instructed in all types of inquests and inquiries, but we have particular expertise in complex cases (with or without a jury) where an individual dies in State custody or where the State may be responsible for the death, such as cases where Article 2 ECHR is engaged.

Our areas of expertise include inquests and inquiries relating to:

  • Actions by state agencies including surveillance
  • Police contact, such as detention, police shooting, pursuit and restraint
  • Investigations and prosecutions of crimes
  • Prison and immigration detention
  • Company negligence under health and safety legislation
  • Local authority services and social services
  • Hospital failings
  • Military service
  • Emergency service response or failings

To find out more about how we can help, contact Emma Manning, Civil Practice Manager, on 020 7993 7642 or

What the Directories say

“The set is noted for its strength in proceedings arising from police conduct and regularly handles cases involving police shootings, deaths in custody and failure to act. Members are particularly adept at tackling Article 2 inquests and judicial review challenges to verdicts.”  Chambers UK Bar Guide

“Garden Court Chambers boasts an impressive selection of silks and juniors offering a broad-ranging expertise in the field of civil liberties and human rights. The set enjoys a strong reputation for claimants challenging police misconduct and the actions of public bodies.”  Chambers UK Bar Guide

Notable cases

  • Hillsborough stadium inquest
  • Pitchford inquiry into undercover policing
  • Mark Duggan inquest
  • Alice Gross inquest
  • Zahid Mubarek inquiry
  • Christi and Bobby Shepherd inquest
  • Alexander Litvinenko inquest
  • Jimmy Mubenga inquest
  • McCaughey and Grew inquest (Northern Ireland)
  • Sean Rigg inquest
  • Azelle Rodney inquiry
  • Paul Coker inquest
  • Mikey Powell inquest
  • Gareth Myatt inquest
  • Stephen Lawrence inquiry
  • New Cross Fire inquest
  • Clapham Rail crash inquiry
  • The Marchioness inquest

Find out more about our inquest and inquiry cases in recent years.

Publications

Our barristers have published books and many articles on inquest related law, including the leading textbook ‘Inquests: A Practitioner’s Guide, 3rd edition, LAG 2014’. We regularly contribute to the INQUEST Law Journal, and write articles on inquest and inquiry law for Legal Action magazine.

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