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Barrister - Ian Brownhill

Year of Call:  2009

Position:  Deputy Head of Public Law Group

Ian Brownhill Inquests Public Inquiries and Coronial Law CV

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Senior Practice Manager:
Abdul Hafeez

Practice Group Clerks:
Craig Wain
Gavin John
Lucas Bennett
Christy Irvine

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

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Ian Brownhill - Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law

Ian has particular expertise in the rights of persons who are detained, be it in police stations, prisons, immigration detention or care homes under the DOLs provisions. Ian’s expertise outside of inquests, in particular in public law, combined with his experience as a jury advocate mean that he often appears in high profile inquests and advises on the legality of coronial decisions.

Ian’s inquest clients have varied from one of the Big 4 supermarkets to the family of prisoners. Ian is approved Counsel for a number of insurance companies when it comes to appearing on their behalf, especially in road traffic death inquests. Ian provided inquest training to various Fire Brigades’ lawyers.

Ian’s Court of Protection practice means he is well placed to advise in cases which involve DOLs and article 2.


BA Hons (Oxon), Jurisprudence, Lincoln College, Oxford.

BVC College of Law


Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

Tancred Student, Lincoln’s Inn

Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn


INQUEST lawyers’ group

Prisoners’ Legal Rights Group

Amicus ALJ

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

International Lawyers Network (Avocats Sans Frontières)


Re: Philip Townshend, death of Deputy Leader of Coventry Council, acting for the family:

Re: Edward Ham, death of prisoner in private prison, acting for the family:

Re: B, death of an individual killed during a police pursuit, acting for the family.

Re: D, death of employee of ‘big four supermarket’, acting for the supermarket.