Inquests and inquiries in Regional Bar
Emma Zeb heads St John's Chambers' inquests department, representing public bodies such as prisons and local health boards in inquests. She acted in Re Conner Marshall for the private contractor to the probation service in an inquest into the management of an offender who committed a high-profile murder. David Regan and Tom Leeper both sit as deputy coroners, with Regan acting in complex multi-party inquests on clinical negligence, deaths in custody and the workplace and motorway collisions. Leeper acts for bereaved parties in inquests which often focus on mental health provision. Matthew White frequently undertakes Article 2 inquests and Human Rights Act claims.
With 'great strength in depth with very able juniors', the members of Albion Chambers are considered 'down to earth but strong impressive advocates who always have a friendly nature'. The set is also praised for 'always putting on good seminars to showcase their wider team's knowledge and skills'. In the inquests and inquiries space, the set represents families of the deceased, NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals, emergency-service trusts, care homes, and the Care Quality Commission. With a strong background in criminal advocacy, Anna Midgley leads the set's inquest team and is active in both coroner-only and jury inquests. Head of Albion’s professional disciplinary team, Richard Shepherd has expertise in both inquests, regulatory and health and safety matters. Rising star Alexander West is typically instructed by public bodies who consider him 'a hugely impressive advocate'.