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Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law

We provide representation at Inquests on behalf of various parties including bereaved relatives, statutory agencies, the armed forces, individuals implicated in the death, healthcare professionals including those who face civil and/or criminal proceedings.  We have experience of acting for the health and safety executive, corporate bodies and various governmental organisations and charitable bodies, as well individuals. 

We offer a robust yet highly sensitive approach and cover inquests relating to fatal accidents, medical errors and suicides involving psychiatric patients and deaths in custody.  No5 counsel have also been instructed in numerous inquests involving deaths of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and public inquiries such as the Hillsborough disaster.

No5 Chambers also recognises that Coroners may require specialist, confidential and highly responsive legal advice. We have therefore developed a specialist legal support service for Coroners and have represented Coroners in both High Court appeals and judicial review challenges. Our barristers include those who sit as part time Coroners and others who have extensive public law and Judicial Review experience. We offer responsive, cost effective and completely confidential advice to Coroners.

Members of the team are registered for public access and therefore welcome instructions for specific pieces of advice, representation at the inquests or appointment as counsel to the Inquest through to responding to Judicial Review cases. Instructions are welcome by telephone, email or paper documents.