Inquests and Inquiries

The team at Deans Court offer expertise as advisers and advocates in all areas of Inquest and Inquiry Law.


Deans Court Chambers is recognised as a leading set providing a comprehensive service and substantial expertise in Inquests. 

Chambers has wide expertise in the fields of clinical negligence, regulatory law, Professional discipline, health and safety, health care, criminal and police law, which means we are well placed to advise and represent individuals and organisations through all stages and proceedings pre inquest and those that can follow post inquest. Our extensive experience includes:

 -  Individual and organisational preparation for inquests;

 -  Members of the team having acted as Counsel to the Inquest;

 -  Advocacy in the course of inquests;

 -  Advice and advocacy in relation to challenges to the decisions of coroners. This has included members of the team acting for and advising Coroners in respect of claims for Judicial Review;

 -  Advice in the collation of and presentation of evidence and material to best address and avoid Coroner's regulation 28 Prevention of Future Death duty;

 -  Assistance in the aftermath of inquests in relation to the implementation of recommendation and ensuring organisational learning.


Members of the team have received instruction in many high profile inquests such as:

 -  Dr Harold Shipman;

 -  Inquiry into Hyponatraemia Related Deaths in Northern Ireland;

 -  Barrow Legionnaires Outbreak;

 -  Cockermouth Floods - PC Barker Inquest;

 -  M56 Britannia Hotels Multiple Fatality Crash;

 -  Fleetwood Sand Yachting Fatality;

 -  Chester-le-Street/Dreamscape Fatalities;

 -  Samuel Linton Inquest.


Such is the strength, depth and range of experience within the team that we can offer genuinely skilled and knowledgeable Counsel in the field of coronial law.

Members of the team regularly act for families, trusts, CCG, Fire Services, Local Authorities, medical professionals, the Care Quality Commission, drivers and companies in the fields of construction, rail and transportation, in cases covering a vast range of complex legal and factual issues. These frequently include high profile Article 2 inquests.