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Inquests & Public Inquiries

Jury and Coroner only Inquests are undertaken by a large number of our barristers, at all levels of call. Old Square Chambers has been at the forefront of public inquiries concerned with major accidents or disasters and those where civil liberties, industrial relations and human rights play a key role.

Barristers at all levels of call have acted for interested parties and core participants, including: victims, bereaved families, trade unions, health service clinicians, officials and patients; and public servants on a wide variety of subjects. Particular expertise relates to prisons, railway accidents and the NHS.

Michael Ford QC and Jonathan Clarke are co-authors of Redgrave, the leading textbook on health and safety law. Several members of chambers have contributed towards ‘Munkman’ a leading text on Employer’s Liability. Brian Cummins has been published in ‘Gatelodge’ the Prison Officers journal.

Regulatory Prosecutions

Coroner’s Inquests

Old Square Chambers barristers have appeared in the following hearings:

  • The Grenfell Inquiry –  also advising on potential civil claims
  • The Infected Blood Inquiry – assisting in a group civil claim and related Inquests
  • The Leveson Inquiry
  • The Shipman Inquiry
  • The Marchioness Inquiry
  • The King’s Cross Fire Inquiry
  • The Potters Bar Inquest
  • The Ladbroke Grove Inquiry – advising in subsequent civil claims
  • The Clapham Junction Accident Inquiry
  • The Victoria Climbie Inquiry
  • HMP Strangeways Inquiry
  • The Zahid Mubarek Inquiry
  • The Paterson Inquiry
  • The Ufton Nevert Train Crash Inquest
  • Aslef Internal Inquiry into financial affairs and operations
  • North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry
  • Southall Train Crash Inquiry
  • The Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry
  • Ashworth Hospital Inquiry
  • Cowden Train Crash Inquiry
  • Severn Tunnel Inquiry

    Key contacts

    William Meade

    Senior Clerk
    William Meade 020 7269 0360 Email

    Graham Smith

    Deputy Senior Clerk
    Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 Email
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    Out of hours

    William Meade (Senior Clerk)

    07970 649 755

    or

    Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

    07795 023 532