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Ifeanyi Odogwu

Year of Call: 2011

"He is forensic rather than agenda-driven, which is highly effective."

Chambers UK, 2021 (Inquests & Inquiries)

"Particularly notable for his frequent appointments as chair of the FA's Regulatory Commission in widely reported disciplinary proceedings."

Chambers UK, 2021 (Sport)

"Ifeanyi has a real teamwork approach. He is excellent on his feet and has the ability to bring the strands of a case together. He builds excellent rapport with clients."

Legal 500, 2021 (Inquests & Inquiries)

"Extremely user-friendly and knowledgeable, in whatever capacity you encounter him. A refreshingly modern practitioner, who is the face of the Bar it aspires to be."

Legal 500, 2021 (Sport)

"He's a deadly cross-examiner: a smiling assassin. He does it by being charming and making what he's saying seem like effortless common sense. He's great at cross-examining difficult witnesses and carries a lot of authority in court. He always has an excellent client manner: he involves clients in strategy and makes sure they understand what's going on."

Chambers UK, 2020

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Ifeanyi specialises in civil liberties and human rights. His practice includes inquests, civil claims arising from inquests, claims against the police and public authorities, judicial review, professional discipline and regulation, and employment law. He is Public Access qualified.

Ifeanyi won the Lawyer of the Year award at the British Nigeria Law Forum 2019. He has been shortlisted in the ‘Future Leaders’ award category for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion by the Chambers Bar Awards 2019. He was also shortlisted in the Newcomer category of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year.

Inquests and Inquiries

Overview

Ifeanyi is recognised in Chambers and Partners 2020 for his extensive experience of inquests and public inquiries. He has expertise in deaths in state custody which engage Article 2 of the ECHR, particularly where some form of restraint has occurred. He has gained a reputation for achieving some of the most critical and devastating conclusions for bereaved families against State Agencies in inquests.

Ifeanyi also has a strong practice in judicial reviews arising from inquests. He has successfully acted as sole counsel in leading High Court challenges, including; R (Chidlow) v Senior Coroner for Blackpool and Flyde [2019] EWHC 581 (Admin) and also in R (Hamilton-Jackson) v Assistant Coroner for Mid Kent and Medway [2016] EWHC 1796 (Admin).

Ifeanyi has obtained substantial damages and settlements for bereaved families representing claimants in civil claims arising from inquests.

He works closely with INQUEST as part of the INQUEST Lawyer Group (ILG) and also sits on the Steering Group (ILGSG).

Notable Cases

Shalane Blackwood Inquest (2016) - Jury found neglect caused black prisoner's death. The case was reported by the BBC.

Lee Rushton Inquest (2016) - Inquest jury finds neglect contributed to vulnerable prisoner's death along with a catalogue of failings. Substantial damages obtained for the family in the civil claim.

R (Hamilton-Jackson) v Assistant Coroner for Mid Kent and Medway [2016] EWHC 1796 (Admin) - Successful judicial review challenge of coroner's jury directions, quashing inquest conclusion. A leading authority concerning self-inflicted deaths and the coroner's duties in summing up. This significant judgment ensures that juries are fairly and properly directed in controversial deaths. The case was reported by The Telegraph.

Les Douthwaite Inquest (2016) - Jury find police failures during restraint causes death.

John Ahmed Inquest (2017) - Jury find unlawful force in prison restraint death, involving extensive expert evidence . Two prison officers referred to CPS following significant inconsistencies in their evidence following cross examination. Reported nationally, including The Guardian, ITV News and The Independent.

Callum Smith Inquest (2017) – Damning narrative conclusion in death of father-to-be found hanged in his cell at HMP Bristol. Reported in the media including the BBC. Significant settlement and apology secured as part of the civil claim.

Michael Forster Inquest (2018) – Neglect conclusion in a self-inflicted death at HMP Leicester.

Carl Bibby Inquest (2018) - Death in police custody following restraint. Failures identified by the jury against the police and ambulance service. Reported by The BBC.

R (Chidlow) v Senior Coroner for Blackpool and Flyde [2019] EWHC 581 (Admin) – Successful judicial review challenge on behalf of a bereaved family in a police restraint related death. Now a leading authority on causation, statistics, and expert evidence in the article 2 ECHR context. 

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Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities

Overview

Ifeanyi regularly acts for claimants in civil actions against the police and other public authorities, including personal injury claims, human rights and discrimination. He has also obtained substantial damages and settlements for bereaved families representing claimants in civil claims arising from inquests.

Notable Cases

Shannon v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2014) - A jury found that officers had used excessive and unnecessary force against the claimant by use of a taser.

R & Others v The Ministry of Justice & MerseyCare (2018) - Significant damages of £275,000 achieved following settlement in a civil claim arising from the inquest. A complex claim involving expert evidence of loss of earnings.

Smith & Others v The Ministry of Justice & Others (2018) – Three figure settlement and an apology from the MOJ achieved following in a civil claim arising from the inquest. A complex dependency claim involving cohabitees.

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Administrative and Public Law

Overview

Ifeanyi’s public law practice underpins and complements his other practice areas. He has particular expertise in judicial reviews arising from inquests, where he has been at the cutting edge of the law in this area, bringing a number of successful challenges against Coroner decisions.

Notable Cases

R (Hamilton-Jackson) v Assistant Coroner for Mid Kent and Medway [2016] EWHC 1796 (Admin) - Successful judicial review challenge of coroner's jury directions, quashing inquest conclusion. A leading authority concerning self-inflicted deaths and the coroner's duties in summing up. This significant judgment ensures that juries are fairly and properly directed in controversial deaths. The case was reported by The Telegraph.

R (Chidlow) v Senior Coroner for Blackpool and Flyde [2019] EWHC 581 (Admin) – Successful judicial review challenge on behalf of a bereaved family in a police restraint related death. Now a leading authority on causation, statistics, and expert evidence in the article 2 ECHR context. 

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PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE AND REGULATION

Ifeanyi is ranked as a leading barrister in sports law for his experience in acting in sports discipline cases, such as Football Association misconduct, and UK Anti-Doping (‘UKAD’). He also appears in regulatory proceedings, including fitness to practice hearings on behalf of healthcare professionals at the GMC, NMC and HCPC. 

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Employment and Discrimination Law

Overview

Ifeanyi represents Claimants in the full range of employment matters. He has a particular interest in claims involving discrimination.

Notable Cases

C v Barts Health NHS Trust (2013) - Successful claim in unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and flexible working against the NHS. Significant damages and re-engagement recovered for the Claimant.

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Latest News

Inappropriate police restraint contributed to the death of Kevin Clarke inquest concludes

Professor Leslie Thomas QC and Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests & Inquiries Team represented the family of Kevin Clarke. Instructed by Cyrilia Davies Knight and Ben Curtis of Saunders Law.

9 October 2020

Ifeanyi Odogwu wins Lawyer of the Year at British Nigeria Law Forum Awards

We are delighted to announce that Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers has won the award for Lawyer of the Year at the British Nigeria Forum Awards which took place in London on 22 November 2019.

26 November 2019

Sonali Naik QC and Ifeanyi Odogwu shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at Chambers Bar Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that Sonali Naik QC and Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers have been shortlisted for their Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.

10 September 2019

Jury concludes neglect contributed to Duncan Tomlin's death following police restraint

Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court represented Duncan Tomlin's partner Ann-Marie Botting in the inquest. He was instructed by Anna Thwaites of Bindmans LLP.

10 April 2019

High Court quashes conclusion in Carl Bibby inquest following successful challenge by family

Ifeanyi Odogwu was instructed by Leanne Devine of Broudie Jackson Canter for the family.

13 March 2019

Inquest finds that hospital death was in part contributed to by systemic neglect

The family was represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests and Inquiries Team.

17 September 2018

Catherine Oborne and Ifeanyi Odogwu shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2018

We're delighted to announce that Catherine Oborne and Ifeanyi Odogwu have both been shortlisted in the Newcomer category of the LALYs. 

2 May 2018

Ifeanyi Odogwu appointed to Sport Resolutions' Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators

Ifeanyi’s appointment will run from 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2021, alongside his usual busy practice. 

29 March 2018

Inquest finds neglect and failure to provide basic care to Michael Forster contributed to his death at HMP Leicester

The family is represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests & Inquiries Team.

12 March 2018

Latest inquest into prison death at HMP Chelmsford finds more failings, as jury conclude risks were not properly assessed

Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests team represented the family.

20 December 2017

Jury concludes that bullying, debt and drug abuse within HMP Liverpool exacerbated the conditions that caused the suicide of John Neil Duffey

Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests team represented the family.

19 December 2017

Jury finds prison failings at HMP Doncaster were causative of the death of vulnerable prisoner Gerard Scahill

Family represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu and instructed by Jenny Fraser and Leanne Devine from Broudie Jackson Canter Solicitors.

19 October 2017

Jury finds neglect at HMP Liverpool contributed to the death of Ned O’Donnell

The family is represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers civil liberties and inquests teams.

18 July 2017

Jury finds series of failings at Bristol prison caused death of father-to-be

Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers Civil Liberties Team represented the family at the inquest.

25 May 2017

Jury find prison officers' unlawful use of restraint causative of death at HMP Manchester

Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers represented the family of John Ahmed at the inquest.

31 March 2017

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Jury found that neglect contributed to the death of Ashley Gill at HMP Liverpool

The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Chris Topping, Leanne Dunne and Alice Stevens from Broudie Jackson Canter Solicitors and Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers.

20 September 2016

High Court quashes inquest verdict following Coroner's unlawful jury directions

Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers represented the claimant.

25 July 2016

Jury finds that neglect significantly contributed to a black prisoner’s death

The family was represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers.

5 May 2016

Jury finds several failings caused death of young prisoner at HMP Leicester

The family was represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers.

15 March 2016

Inquest jury finds multiple prison failures to address bullying contributed to young prisoner’s death

Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers’ Inquests Team represented the family of the deceased during the inquest.

1 February 2016

Ifeanyi Odogwu appointed to Football Association Judicial Panel

The panel hears the full range of cases in connection with disciplinary and regulatory matters.

4 December 2015

Court awards £19,000 in damages in claim against Metropolitan Police

The claimant was represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers.

23 November 2015

Inquest finds multiple failings caused death of vulnerable patient

Jury criticises the acts and omissions of a private hospital in a damning narrative verdict. Ifeanyi Odogwu represented the family.

5 November 2014

Inquest finds prison failings contributed to death in custody

Jury criticises G4S prison in damning narrative verdict. The family was represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu.

10 October 2014

Highly critical narrative conclusion in inquest into death of ‘one punch’ victim

Ifeanyi Odogwu secures highly critical narrative verdict and a Preventing Future Death Report.

8 August 2014

Police officers found to have used excessive and unnecessary force

Jury finds that police officers used excessive and unnecessary force against the claimant, represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu

10 June 2014

18 Garden Court barristers instructed on Hillsborough Inquest

Garden Court Chambers are pleased to announce that 18 Garden Court barristers have been instructed on the Hillsborough inquest.

18 October 2013

Azelle Rodney: Unlawfully killed

Azelle Rodney was shot dead by a Metropolitan Police officer on 30 April 2005. Today, in a historic report, Sir Christopher Holland, the Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry, found that the death of Azelle Rodney was unlawful.

5 July 2013

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Background

Ifeanyi has a passion for social justice, and working with marginalised and disadvantaged groups.

Prior to coming to the Bar, he worked as a researcher to Professor Oba Nsugbe QC SAN, volunteered at Reprieve, the Free Representation Unit, and interned at the Public Defender's Office in North Carolina.

He provided 'Know Your Rights' workshops to community groups and schools. He is a mentor for young people at the Amos Bursary and has also worked with Dianne Abbott MP's London Schools and the Black Child ('LSBC') initiative where he was a speaker at the 10 year anniversary conference.

Ifeanyi successfully completed his pupillage at Garden Court under the supervision of Leslie Thomas QC.

Alongside his Chambers practice, Ifeanyi works closely with INQUEST as part of the INQUEST Lawyer Group (ILG) and also sits on the Steering Group (ILGSG). He also works with StopWatch. In addition, Ifeanyi is recognised  as a leading barrister for sports law, and acts in sports disciplinary proceedings and private law matters for clubs, individuals, and governing bodies. He has been appointed to various sports arbitrary panels including Sport Resolutions' Panel of Arbitrators and Mediator, the Football Association (FA) Judicial Panel, The FA Anti-Discrimination Chairman Panel, Sport Resolutions' Pro Bono Panel.

Publications

"Player Contracts: Football transfers v. European Union law: analysis" World Sports Law Report Volume: 12 Issue: 2, February 2014.

"Know Your Rights on stop and search: A mapping of rights information for young people" StopWatch, Runnymede & Open Society, June 2012.

Training and Seminars

In January 2016, Ifeanyi delivered a four-day training workshop in Abuja to members of the Nigerian judiciary in child rights, as part of the Bar Human Rights Committee which partnered with Coram Children's Legal Centre and UNICEF.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Ifeanyi has been a speaker on a number of virtual conferences, including 'The Impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic on Sports, Banking & Finance Law' by BNLF and on ‘Racism in Football’ as part of the Law In Sport Football Law Conference 2020.

Awards

Lawyer of the Year award at the British Nigeria Law Forum 2019.

‘Future Leader’ award category for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion by the Chambers Bar Awards 2019. (Shortlisted)

Newcomer category of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2018 (Shortlisted)

Nnebisi Elegant Ladies Club of Asaba (UK) award for Young Achiever of Asaba Community 2012.

Toastmasters International Early Bird Speakers, Best Table Topic Award 2012

Ifeanyi Odogwu, Dianne Abbott MP London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Prize winner for Outstanding Achievement 2011

Education

  • LLB, First Class (Kingston)
  • Law with American Law (University of North Carolina Charlotte)
  • Lord Diplock Scholar, Middle Temple

Professional Membership

  • British Association for Sport and the Law (BASL)
  • The British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF)
  • The Football Association (FA)
  • INQUEST Lawyers Group
  • Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG)
  • Black Solicitors Network (BSN)