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Leading Silks

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    • Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHis ability to digest complex expert evidence is exceptional.
    • Michael Rawlinson QC - Kings ChambersAn excellent advocate who works well with clients.
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersA highly intelligent lawyer who is totally committed to his clients’ causes.

Leading Juniors

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David Sandiford at Cobden House Chambers is particularly strong in inquests involving the criminal justice system. He represented the National Probation Service at an inquest into the death of a man who was killed by an individual that was on license for another murder at the time of the attack.

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones at Deans Court Chambers is often instructed in inquests, with a particular focus on custody deaths, often for private providers such as Serco, which runs prisons, and GEOAmey, which transports prisoners.

Exchange Chambers' members are instructed in a wide range of inquests and inquires, from extremely high-profile work such as Louis Browne QC's involvement in the Manchester bombing and Grenfell Tower inquiries (for Salford University and number of firefighters respectively), to the clinical negligence and personal injury-adjacent work undertaken by Sara Sutherland.

Members of Garden Court North Chambers are well-regarded for their expertise in inquests, covering both high-profile inquests involving many parties, as well as those dealing with individual deaths. Pete Weatherby QC represents the "G3 Group" of bereaved, survivors and relatives (which includes those represented by Howe + Co Solicitors and Oliver Fisher) in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and by bereaved families represented by Broudie Jackson Canter in the Manchester Arena inquests.

Kings Chambers is home to Michael Rawlinson QC, who is often instructed in inquests concerning deaths in the military - he represented two survivors of an explosion in a Challenger 2 tank during a live-fire training exercise, which killed two corporals.

Lincoln House Chambers is home to Austin Welch, who represents the families of three victims in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiries. Welch is particularly experienced with inquests that contain a health and safety element, in addition to frequently representing government departments in inquests.

Timothy Holloway at Oriel Chambers represents the prison service in death in custody cases and the probation service in inquests involving persons released on licence.

St John's Buildings is home to Laura Nash, who specialises in death in custody cases and care home deaths. Recent work includes representing a care home in  an inquest into the death of a resident with complex medical needs, and acting for the family in an inquest into the death of a Polish national suffering from paranoid schizophrenia while in custody, where mental health assessments were conducted without an interpreter. Nash also sits as an assistant coroner.

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