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Inquests and inquiries frequently capture the attention of the public and media due to their often widespread political and civil impact. The Hillsborough inquest has dominated this area for over two years, with several ranked barristers spending the majority of their time involved in proceedings. The inquest announced its verdict in May 2016, exonerating fans of blame and concluding unlawful killing. Other notable inquests and inquiries of recent times include the Tunisian terror attack, the Dame Janet Smith Review and the Vauxhall helicopter crash inquest, as well as the upcoming Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Medical inquests remain a steady stream of work for the Bar, with barristers often drawing on their health and safety, clinical negligence and personal injury backgrounds. Other allied areas of expertise are crime and public law.

For inquests and inquiries, One Crown Office Row is ‘a real leading set on clinical negligence and healthcare-related issues’. The set has recently been involved in several headline inquiries, notably Hillsborough. Members regularly act for claimants and defendants.

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘one of the first ports of call’ for inquests and inquiries work, particularly relating to police law and clinical negligence. Solicitors are ‘confident that this set provides a plethora of knowledge, skill and experience, as well as reassurance that your matter will be dealt with professionally and with a service that is of the highest standard’.

Counsel at Doughty Street Chambers make ‘a very impressive team’ with experience in the major public inquiries of recent times, including Hillsborough and Litvinenko. The set is particularly well regarded for its claimant work.

Temple Garden Chambers is a popular set for inquests and inquiries work due to members’ strong background in clinical negligence, personal injury and public law. In 2015, members were involved in the Independent Jersey Care inquiry.

Three Raymond Buildings is ‘a first-rate set with no weaknesses’, which approaches inquests and inquiries work from a criminal law angle; as a result, the set is strong in custody and police cases. Several members acted for claimants in the Hillsborough inquest.

5 Essex Court is highly regarded for its work in the police law context, acting for both claimants and defendants.

Garden Court Chambers is ‘very good at developing junior barristers’. The set is recommended by clients for members’ ability to handle lower-value matters as well as big-ticket work, and for representing claimants.

Matrix Chambers has an ‘excellent range of barristers with inquiries experience’, and provides a ‘high level of service’. The set is well known for appearing in the In Amenas and Mark Duggan inquests.

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