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Leading Juniors

Richard Copnall – Parklane PlowdenHe is very logical, organised and has a commanding presence as an advocate. Coroners and defendants respect him.
Lorraine Harris - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Lorraine is a fountain of coronial law knowledge and experience. She is a well prepared, excellent advocate with excellent attention to detail. She puts all clients at ease and ensures rigorous questioning of any witnesses who appear before her.
Kirsten Mercer - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Kirsten is an advocate with faultless attention to detail. She is brilliant with witnesses, and always prepared to ask difficult questions when required.
Georgina NolanParklane PlowdenGeorgina is an impressive advocate, and a leader in the field of inquests arising from deaths in custody. A reassuring yet authoritative presence in the court.
Kate Wilson - Park Square Barristers Ltd.An unflappable advocate with a calm and measured advocacy style. She excels at her craft.
Janine Wolstenholme - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Janine is a safe pair of hands. She is thoroughly prepared and extremely knowledgeable regarding deaths in custody. She is extremely capable in court.
Simon Connolly - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Simon is a fantastic inquests lawyer. In addition to having an encyclopedic knowledge of coronial law, he has impressive medical knowledge. He is always well-prepared.
Matthew Crowe - Trinity ChambersMatthew is extremely intelligent and very thorough in everything he does. He always makes sure the client is the priority during inquest proceedings.

Rising Stars

Tom Semple - Parklane PlowdenTom has a very methodical approach to cases. He can communicate with the client in a way they understand and makes them feel at ease.

Inquests and inquiries in Regional Bar

Park Square Barristers Ltd.

The team at Park Square Barristers Ltd. has ‘strength in depth‘, made up of ‘counsel who are experienced and knowledgeable in coronial law‘. Head of the team Lorraine Harris‘ ‘background and work as an Assistant Coroner means she can assist with the entire coronial process‘. Kirsten Mercer frequently acts for government departments in complex Article 2 inquests, and Kate Wilson is noted for her ‘strong expertise in coronial proceedings arising from deaths in custody‘. Janine Wolstenholme acts for interested parties in inquests into deaths in prison, deaths in hospitals and care homes, and those detained under the Mental Health Act. Former solicitor Simon Connolly has a ‘wealth of knowledge of inquest work‘, and is instructed in inquests into deaths in custody as well as acting for healthcare professionals in medical inquests.



‘The set is going from strength to strength in inquests and inquiries.’

‘They always have a good availability of counsel who are specialist practitioners in their respective areas.’

‘Park Square Barristers is a go-to set for inquest work. The inquests team consists of superbly qualified, often uniquely experienced, barristers dedicated to inquest work. The chambers is able to represent the vast range of interested persons that coroner’s inquiries encompass and as such are able to provide a fully rounded service for anyone needing specialist legal representation in the Coroners Court.’

‘There are always high calibre advocates available within the team should a first choice not be available.’


‘Madeleine Gray, the Senior Clerk, is second to none and very much at the centre of the team’s success. She really understands the work and the client base, and is always striving to ensure clients receive an excellent service.’

‘Madeleine Gray is an exemplar of her craft. She has the ability to perfectly match a client with the right barrister based on her in-depth knowledge of the teams strengths and the clients needs. She has a wealth of experience and her personal manner ensures instructing solicitors are reassured that she will provide the very best bespoke representation. Patrick Urbina is already showing that he has learned from the master that is Madeleine, and is proving to be a strong junior clerk, one to watch for the future.’

‘What Senior Regulatory Clerk, Madeleine Gray, doesn’t know about the inquest/regulatory legal field frankly isn’t worth knowing. Madeleine is the beating heart of the inquest team. Her commitment to the team’s members and its clients knows no bounds. Madeleine is very ably supported in her role by Patrick Urbina who demonstrates that he has learned and is learning from a master in Madeleine, in his approach to the effective management and development of the team and its clients.’

Parklane Plowden

Excellent setParklane Plowden is home to barristers who represent bereaved families and private companies in inquests and associated civil actions. Head of the inquests team Leila Benyounes is sought-after for her expertise in handling inquests arising from hospital deaths, as well as Article 2 inquests investigating deaths in custody. Human Rights Act claims form a core pillar of Richard Copnall‘s practice. Tariq Sadiq was appointed to the circuit bench in September 2021.



‘An excellent wide-ranging set. Clerks provide a superb service and counsel is always readily available.’

‘PLP is always impressive in the consistent excellence of its barristers, particularly in this area. I have worked with several counsel from the chambers from senior-junior down to pupils, and all have been outstanding. You can always depend on PLP to be able to provide someone with the expertise to handle inquests expertly, and to be flexible in accommodating instructions wherever possible.’

‘A great set that offers variety in experience and approach. They are always keen to help whether it be urgent instructions or a quick query.’


‘Senior Clerks Sharon Robson and Mike Stubbs are the heart of this set of chambers. Laura Storr also provides an excellent service.’

‘The clerks in general are all very helpful but Laura Storr in particular is excellent and always a pleasure to work with. She is very accommodating and you can trust her recommendations for counsel where needed.’

‘The clerks room is excellent – they cannot do enough to help.’

‘The clerks are extremely helpful and professional. Laura Storr in particular goes above and beyond to address your needs, and to recommend and facilitate suitable counsel.’