Inquests and Inquiries
Our Inquests and Inquiries team have worked on a number of high profile, complex and lengthy investigations into unexplained death, and subsequent judicial review proceedings against the decisions of coroners.
Notable inquest cases include:
- European Court of Human Rights challenges arising from the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.
- R (Fullick) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London  EWHC 3522 (Admin) involving the test for a jury inquest.
- Smith, on whether Articles 1 and 2 apply to the Inquests into the deaths of soldiers on deployment overseas.
- The Hillsborough Inquests, where we advised the Attorney General to make an application for new inquests.
- The deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed.
- Middleton, the case concerning the application of Article 2 to Inquests.
- Jamieson, on the circumstances where “neglect” may be returned.
- The investigation into the shooting down of Hercules XV179 and resulting death of 10 men.
- The case of Harry Stanley, which established the key requirements of Article 2 of the ECHR in relation to fatal shootings by police officers.
Notable inquiries include:
- The inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.
- The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, where two members are Counsel to the Inquiry.
- The inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney.
- The Baha Mousa Inquiry.
- The Robert Hamill Inquiry.
- The Saville Inquiry.
- The BSE Inquiry where we represented the families of the victims of variant CJD.
Members have also acted on inquiries overseas including Turks & Caicos Islands Commission of Inquiry.
Matrix members are actively involved in the development of the law in this area, both through casework and through writing and campaigning. A number of members regularly write and lecture on inquest law and related areas.
Our publications include:
- Inquests: A Practitioner’s Guide (LAG)
- Blackstone’s Guide to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (OUP, 2010)
- Writing on deaths in custody in Prison Law (OUP, 2008).