Inquiries are an increasing feature of public and corporate life, as the expectation of greater accountability becomes the norm. Inquiries are highly charged emotional experiences for those involved, more so as they are conducted under intense media scrutiny.
Individual members of the team have been involved in many of the major Public Inquiries held in the UK over the past 20 years, including the Leveson Inquiry; the Chilcot (Iraq War) Inquiry; the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA); the Undercover Policing Inquiry; the Manchester Arena Inquest/Inquiry and the Grenfell Inquiry. In those various inquiries, members of the team have acted for both individual and corporate Core Participants at all stages of the process: advising on issues including participant status, immunity agreements and the privilege against self-incrimination; assisting with the preparation of written evidence to the Inquiry; and making representations on Inquiry management issues such as disclosure, anonymity, confidentiality, data protection and legal professional privilege.
In addition, the Inquests and Inquiries team is able to provide advice and representation in coroner's investigations and inquest proceedings. Members of the team have appeared in many high profile inquests over in recent years, many of which were concerned with deaths of vulnerable people in custody or healthcare settings. Past experience includes acting for families who have lost loved ones following admission to hospitals and care homes; police officers following deaths in police stations and mental health units and prison governors following prison suicides.