Benjamin Harrison

Viewing: Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law for Benjamin Harrison

Ben has considerable experience appearing on behalf of families and NHS Trusts at coronial inquests, especially where mental health treatment and mental capacity are in issue. He is sensitive to the strain that these proceedings can place on both the family of the deceased and other expert witnesses.
Ben has experience appearing at Pre-inquest Hearings where Article 2 ECHR and the need for a jury inquest are in issue.
During pupillage Ben assisted Ian Brownhill represent the interests of a domiciliary care company in a number of inquests where the care provided to the deceased prior to their death was in issue.
Notable Cases
An inquest touching upon the death of Mary Hoare [HM Area Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull]
Ben represented an NHS Mental Health Trust in a three-day inquest where the deceased had been discharged from the service and ultimately ended up at an inappropriate placement in the community, before committing suicide. Ben successfully persuaded the Coroner that no PFD report was necessary in this case against his client.
An inquest touching upon the death of Ellen Armstrong [HM Senior Coroner for Suffolk]
Ben acted for the family in this inquest, which attracted some media attention. The NHS Trust concerned accepted that it needed to remedy identified failings in the care it provided to the deceased before she took her own life: https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/ellen-armstrong-beccles-suicide-not-preventable-nsft-ipswich-cornoers-court-1-6100963. A PFD report was not issued in this case, because the Trust was already in the process of responding to an earlier PFD report issued by the Coroner, which concerned similar matters. Instead, Ben persuaded the Coroner to follow-up with the Trust for an update on the progress being made in response to those earlier concerns.
Awards
BPTC Scholarship: The William Shakespeare Memorial Award, Gray’s Inn
BPTC Scholarship, BBP University
Foundation Scholarship, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Winner of the Brick Court Team Moot, University of Cambridge (2015)
Finalist in the Quadrant Chambers Fledglings Moot Competition, University of Cambridge (2015)
Memberships
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Ecclesiastical Law Society
Qualifications
M.A. (Cantab.) Law
Publications
Ecclesiastical Law (OUP, 4th ed.)
March 2018
“Ecclesiastical Law“, by Mark Hill QC, has established itself as the leading authority on the laws of the Church of England. In this fourth edition, Ben co-authored two Chapters: chapter 3 (“The Parish”) and chapter 6 (“Clergy Discipline”). Other co-authors for this volume include Professor Norman Doe and Matthew Chinery).
The Jackson Reforms and the future of access to justice: an examination (LexisNexis Future of Law Blog)
13 June 2018
An article examining the current climate of access to justice in light of the Jackson reforms, and analyses what the future holds when it comes to extending the rule of law.

Latest News & Publications

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has recently published guidance (July 2020) which aims to help people across social care and health settings apply the best interests decision making framework contained in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for or on behalf of people who lack capacity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic....

Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020
In R (on the application of EG) v The Parole Board of England and Wales and Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWHC 1457 (Admin) the High Court held that the Parole Board Rules 2019 contain a power for the Parole Board to appoint a litigation friend to act on behalf of prisoners who lack capacity to conduct their parole review....

Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2020