The Inquests Team at Goldsmith Chambers comprises accomplished and committed barristers drawing on wide experience of proceedings arising from prison and custodial deaths, police actions, Health and Safety legislation, as well as clinical and emergency response issues.

Our members frequently appear in complex and controversial 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 to society, of rigorous and fearless public examination of the circumstances surrounding these deaths.

By our representations of the past we have ensured thorough examination of a number of issues, including those arising from the involvement of health or social services, failures of care, bullying, individual and systemic neglect and criminal conduct. We achieve this by proactive pre-inquest 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 inquest hearings.

Members of the team are frequently instructed in relation to Judicial Review and Human Rights litigation. Team members have sat or continue to sit as coroners in several coronial areas in England.

The terms on which members of Chambers and working pupils offer their services to authorised professional clients, in the absence of express agreement to the contrary, are set out in The Standard Contractual Terms For The Supply Of Legal Services By Barristers To Authorised Persons 2012 (updated for the GDPR in 2018) – Annex T to The Code of Conduct and can be accessed by using the following link. Express agreement to the contrary must be in writing and agreed with the barrister concerned.

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