The team at KBW frequently act in inquests involving reputational issues and significant media attention, providing continuing advice in related proceedings such as criminal, health and safety, and disciplinary proceedings. As one of chambers' members with Developed Vetting security clearance, Ian Mullarkey is able to act in cases containing highly sensitive material. He acts for police forces and healthcare providers in inquests relating to deaths in custody, including Article 2 matters.
Inquests and inquiries in Regional Bar
Park Square Barristers counts assistant coroners, treasury counsel and specialist regulatory panel members among its team. The set takes on pro bono work as well as representing the Government Legal Department and Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Head of the team, Lorraine Harris, was formerly the Head of Crime Scene Investigation for Kent Police, and uses her breadth of knowledge and experience in representing interested parties including families, health care, local authorities, unions, and emergency workers. Janine Wolstenholme frequently undertakes Regulation 28 reporting and Article 2 matters, representing the Treasury Solicitor in an Article 2 inquest into a prisoner's death which involved far-reaching systemic failings. Tom Gent is experienced in acting for companies and individuals in inquests which involve the HSE as an interested party, as well as in representing local authorities and care providers in inquests over care home deaths. Former solicitor Simon Connolly has developed an impressive death in custody inquest practice.
New Park Court Chambers
New Park Court Chambers' team has worked on high-profile inquests including the Hillsborough Inquiry, for which four members of the set were instructed. Paul Greaney QC and new silk Nicholas de la Poer QC represent a core participant in the Grenfell Tower inquiry and are also involved in the Manchester Arena Bombing inquest, with Greaney instructed as leading counsel in the latter. Greaney also regularly acts in inquests involving health and safety issues and conduct of the police or healthcare practitioners. De la Poer specialises in crime and regulatory work.
Parklane Plowden barristers undertake matters from inquest to civil action, with an emphasis on client care and sensitive handling of witnesses. Richard Copnall implements his personal injury expertise and scientific background to specialise in Human Rights Act claims, Article 2 inquests, and associated civil actions. He was recently instructed in high-profile cases involving the death of a child after discharge from hospital and a death during a police pursuit. Georgina Nolan represents bereaved families in inquests regarding deaths in custody and the workplace, clinical negligence, and industrial disease. Leila Benyounes also frequently appears in Article 2 inquests investigating media sensitive deaths in custody and inquests dealing with hospital deaths with complex medical issues.