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Inquests and Inquiries

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 [2015] 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 Leveson Inquiry.
  • The inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.
  • 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.

Leading publications

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).


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Nick Armstrong
Called: 2001 Solicitor: 1998
Alex Bailin QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2010
Joanna Buckley
Called: 2011
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Anita Davies
Called: 2011
Raj Desai
Called: 2010 Solicitor: 2007
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Danny Friedman QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Tamara Jaber
Called: 2013
Jessica Jones
Called: 2013
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
Janet Kentridge
Called: 1999
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
Sara Mansoori
Called: 1997
Zoe McCallum
Called: 2016
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005 (England and Wales); 2013 (Northern Ireland); 2017 (Ireland)
Tim Owen QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
Jessica Simor QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2013
Lorna Skinner QC
Called: 1997 Silk: 2021
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
Dan Squires QC
Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
James Stansfeld
Called: 2008
Adrian Waterman QC
Called: 1988 Silk: 2006
Richard Whittam QC
Called: 1983 Silk; 2008