The Goldsmith Chambers Inquests and Inquiries Team brings a wealth of multi-disciplinary experience from across our public law, civil, family and crime practice areas. This breadth of knowledge is particularly valuable in our work confronting the broad and varied issues raised within public inquiries and inquests.
The Team comprises accomplished and committed barristers at all levels including silk, drawing on wide experience of proceedings arising from deaths in custody including prisons, alleged police misconduct, possible breaches of Health and Safety legislation, as well as clinical and emergency response issues.
Members of the team are currently instructed in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the team has experience with acting both for core participants and as counsel to the inquiry. Our members also frequently appear in complex and contentious matters, inquests involving numerous “Interested Persons” and matters with international dimensions.
Having a particular focus on cases in which the Article 2 ECHR investigatory obligation arises, we recognise the importance to the bereaved and the wider public interest of rigorous and fearless examination of the circumstances surrounding these deaths.
Through our representations, we have ensured thorough and rigorous attention has been brought to various fundamentally important issues, including those arising from the involvement of health or social services, failures of care, institutional collective misconduct, bullying, individual and systemic neglect and criminal conduct. We achieve this by proactive pre-inquest or inquiry work (such as identification of avenues for further coronial investigation, and stimulating disclosure of material from coroners) as well as by focused and informed advocacy at the hearings. This may lead to subsequent civil claims which we are well-positioned and happy to pursue.
Members of the team are frequently instructed in relation to Judicial Review and Human Rights litigation. Some team members sit as Coroners in several coronial areas in England.
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