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1 Crown Office Row is considered β€˜the go-to specialists for inquests and inquiries’. The set is involved in many of the most prominent inquests and inquiries as well as judicial reviews of coroners’ decisions. As an example of the work undertaken, Peter Skelton QC is counsel to the inquests into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham bombings case. Solicitors say β€˜the clerking is great’.

Doughty Street Chambers β€˜has a great team and are the leaders in the field’. Members undertake work that is often widely reported, representing families in inquests and core participants in public inquiries. Henrietta Hill is involved in a number of high-profile matters, including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy.

Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜is an excellent set for inquest and Court of Protection work, and is always willing to help achieve an appropriate outcome’. The set represents the police in high-profile inquests; John Beggs QC is instructed by Surrey police in a Deepcut inquest, and Sir Robert Francis QC is acting for the National Police Chiefs Council in relation to the undercover police inquiry. The team is also routinely requested to represent coroners when their decisions are challenged.

Matrix Chambers β€˜handles extremely high-profile and heavyweight cases and has a calibre of counsel which is not matched by any other set’. Acting for claimants, interveners and the government, the set brings multiple areas of expertise to inquests and inquiries. Jonathan Glasson QC is instructed on the inquest into the death of Kieran Doherty and he is also counsel to the tribunal in which Privacy International challenged the collection of data by intelligence agencies. Danny Friedman QC is lead counsel for five London law firms representing over 200 survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Temple Garden Chambers β€˜is wholeheartedly commended for inquests and inquiries’. The set is entrusted with significant roles in major inquires and inquests including in the Undercover Policing Inquiry where David Barr QC represented the Home Office. The set also acted for the Foreign Secretary and others at the inquests into the deaths of the 30 British nationals killed in Tunisia.

Three Raymond Buildings β€˜is a well-established and highly talented set with some very senior silks and up-and-coming juniors’. The chambers brings its criminal and regulatory expertise to inquests and reviews of coroners’ decisions. Patrick Gibbs QC acted for the principal officer involved in the death of a news vendor during the G20 demonstrations, and Hugh Davies QC’s recent work includes acting for the firearms officer who shot an individual during a covert police operation.

5 Essex Court’s barristers β€˜are intellectually very bright, professional and always prepared’. Fiona Barton QC’s police law expertise extends to acting for the National Crime Agency in the inquiry into the shooting by Greater Manchester Police officers and which included issues of public interest immunity. Jason Beer QC is leading a team in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who had central government responsibility for fire safety issues until 2016.

Garden Court Chambers β€˜has the full spectrum of high-quality counsel from very junior barristers to QCs’. The set combines its civil liberties, police law and inquests experience in assisting bereaved families; Leslie Thomas QC is acting for a number of families in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Brenda Campbell QC is acting in the Ballymurphy Inquests, representing the families of two individuals who were shot.

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