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Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersVery hard working and immensely knowledgeable in his field. He is approachable and easy going with clients. Meticulous attention to detail is apparent in his advocacy and written submissions. A very capable barrister, who is well regarded by his clients and is highly recommended.
Michael Rawlinson QC - Kings ChambersThere are a handful of silks with his expertise in military claims and he is respected by both claimant and defendant lawyers. He fights hard for his clients and his solicitors. He has a very human touch and can speak to any client at their level, which makes every difference in sensitive claims involving loss, injury and death. He is also fearless with his opponents and very effective at negotiations; he balances charm and menace expertly.
Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersInstructing Pete on your case is like having a master chess player on your team. You may be thinking about the next move whereas Pete is thinking 3, 4, 5 moves ahead. Pete is a genius strategic thinker and a major asset.

2021 Silks

Sophie Cartwright QC - Deans Court ChambersShe is simply brilliant.

Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersShe is fantastic with clients and witnesses and provides the necessary reassurance they often so desperately need. She comes across as really down to earth and approachable, but is equally ready to fight your corner if so required. She is always in the detail and super prepared, and you can guarantee that she will give you and your client 110%.
Tim Holloway - Oriel ChambersParticularly experienced with deaths in custody.
Laura Nash - St John's BuildingsLaura is an absolute expert in the arena of inquests and enquiries. She quickly identifies the key issues in any case and instantly knows the best approach to take to address the issue. She has a pleasant but direct manner with clients and counsel alike and is firm but fair when addressing the judiciary and her instructing solicitors on what she believes to be the correct course of action.
David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersWell-prepared with great attention to detail.
Kate Stone - Garden Court North ChambersShe is meticulous and good with clients, always remembering that the case is about them and not the lawyers. She is good at drafting, clever, and brave on her feet. She does not shy away from difficult issues.
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara is a knowledgeable and confident lawyer. She is excellent in handling witnesses and is sensitive and empathetic to their needs thus ensuring that she gets the best of them to achieve the best possible and realistic result for her client. She is sensible and grounded in her advice.
Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersA committed and exceptionally talented barrister; without doubt a future QC. He is meticulous in his approach to the case and excellent with the client, he was reassuring, confident and worked hard to ensure a positive outcome for the client.
Richard Borrett - Kings ChambersRichard is excellent with our Local Authority clients, cutting through the extraneous matters and getting to the issue at hand. Inquests involving social care input are by their nature document heavy and in many cases complex and Richard has a great aptitude for identifying the salient points quickly.
Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy's Chambers Patrick Cassidy is a highly experienced inquest advocate with particular experience of Article 2 inquests and of jury inquests, who keeps abreast of developments in Coronial law and practice and who presents his submissions in a persuasive and authoritative manner. He is well known as Counsel who undertakes such work in complex cases.
Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersLeila is an exceptional find! She has a background in local authority work which ideally suits some of the issues that arise in inquests and inquiries. Leila is an extremely competent advocate, compelling and impressive on her feet, always meticulously prepared and provides her clients with utmost confidence.
Virginia Hayton - Deans Court ChambersShe is is very calm under pressure and sympathetic and supportive with witnesses giving evidence at inquests. The quality of her paperwork is also excellent.
Anna Morris - Garden Court North ChambersAnna being a deputy coroner is a true expert in the field of Inquests therefore I felt very confident that I had found the best barrister to represent my client. She has also a particular interest in deaths arising out of alleged probation failings which was the subject matter of the inquest and so I felt she gave additional knowledge in this area.
Simon Murray - St John's BuildingsSimon is an excellent barrister. He is articulate, has an excellent approach with instructing solicitors, clients and witnesses, and is clearly well respected by coroners. He is confident, very knowledgeable and reliable.
David Pojur - St John's BuildingsHe is approachable, accessible and flexible, very good with lay clients and robust in hearings. He is our first choice for serious inquests in the North of England where his experience as assistant coroner holds him in good stead. His knowledge of the coroner's rules often exceeds those of the coroner he is appearing in front of.
Peter Smith - Deans Court ChambersHis main strength is his technical knowledge of the law and the rules and procedures that apply. Allied to tenaciousness and an ability to get to grips with problem cases and issues, this is a formidable and impressive combination.

Inquests and inquiries in Regional Bar

Cobden House Chambers

Cobden House Chambers is a go-to for interested parties, healthcare professionals, and custody officers in a range of inquests, from accidental deaths to those caused by medical or nursing errors, as well as providing prior advice. David Sandiford advises and acts for the police in civil actions and inquests, representing Operation Resolve in the recent Hillsborough inquests.

Kenworthy's Chambers

Peer barristers praise Kenworthy's Chambers' 'unflappablePatrick Cassidy for his hard work and empathetic nature which is 'no doubt a reassuring presence for clients in difficult cases'. Cassidy is a highly experienced practitioner, particularly in Article 2 inquiries. He is a go-to for death in custody cases, prisoners who kill while on license, as well as failures in medical treatment of patients in care homes and hospitals.

Oriel Chambers

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.

Deans Court Chambers

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones at Deans Court Chambers specialises in Article 2 cases, particularly clinical cases involving a death in hospital, acting for both public bodies and healthcare professionals. She represented Cheshire Constabulary in the high-profile Lauren Lelonek inquest into failure to prosecute bullies; no criticism of the police was made. Appointed an assistant coroner in 2012, the 'simply brilliant' Sophie Cartwright is also worthy of note at the set, as is the 'calm under pressure' Virginia Hayton and Peter Smith who is 'pound for pound amongst the best value on the circuit'.

Garden Court North Chambers

Garden Court North Chambers members are instructed by bereaved parties at inquests and inquiries, undertaking pro bono matters and working with INQUEST, a charity advising on state-related deaths. 'A genius strategic thinker and a major asset' to cases, Pete Weatherby QC leads teams in high-profile cases such as phase one of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, representing 80 victims, and the Hillsborough inquest, representing 22 bereaved families. Described as 'meticulous and does not shy away from difficult issues', Kate Stone acted as part of the team for the Hillsborough inquest, with a practice complemented by expertise in civil claims arising from inquests. Anna Morris is highlighted by clients for her 'encyclopaedic knowledge of Coronial law that meant she was able to robustly challenge and push back against the Coroner's decision-making every step of the way'.

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers specialises in inquests involving Article 2 ECHR matters, taking a multi-discipline approach. Louis Browne QC represents parties in the high-profile Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena inquiries, acting for a senior commander of the London Fire Brigade and Salford University respectively. He also appeared for the Probation Board at the inquest into the murder of a young man on probation by others also supervised by the board. Sara Sutherland sits as an assistant coroner and advises both bereaved families and health boards throughout the process of an inquest, from advancing submissions to conclusion.

Kings Chambers

Members of Kings Chambers act for bereaved parties, public bodies such as the police and fire services, and care homes. Michael Rawlinson QC specialises in inquests for military deaths, including those for injuries from faulty equipment, as well as deaths occurring within the NHS. He was instructed by the bereaved family in the Olivia Perks inquest, regarding the first death of a female cadet at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. At the junior end, Richard Borrett is praised by solicitors for providing 'great support for nervous witnesses – he is a great fit for clients/witnesses in the health and social care sector'.

Lincoln House Chambers

Lincoln House Chambers' inquest work is aided by its expertise in regulatory matters and disciplinary cases involving medical professionals. Eight members of the team are currently acting in the Manchester Bombing Arena inquiry, including Austin Welch, who represents three bereaved families. He is also instructed by the former lead investigator in the inquiry regarding the institutional response to allegations of child sexual abuse by Lord Janner. Welch has particular experience in inquests that involve health and safety issues. A 'commanding and authoritative presence on her feet', Leila Ghahhary  is also one to watch in this area of practice.

St John's Buildings

St John's Buildings' inquests team support and represent clients throughout the inquest and inquiry process, with specific expertise in clinical negligence, death in custody and unlawful killing. Laura Nash, who sits as assistant coroner, has particular expertise of inquests into deaths in custody, with a more recent specialism in acting for care homes. She has represented individuals after a death occurred during their employment, such as a 17-year-old lifeguard in an inquest into a child's death during a swimming lesson, as well as bereaved families and police officers. Simon Murray and David Pojur are also go-to juniors in chambers.