Coroner's Inquest Barristers
‘The set provides ‘an exceptional service to professional and lay clients, and counsel and clerks are always willing to assist – nothing is too much trouble’ Legal 500
Trinity’s Inquest barristers are instructed by both bereaved families and other interested persons such as NHS trusts, the Police and local authorities, in addition to private companies, trade unions and insurers. Trinity’s barristers can handle with meticulous care and skill all pre-inquest stages, including pre-inquest reviews, disclosure, expert evidence and witnesses. The team has a wealth of Human Rights expertise and regularly advise on the engagement of Article 2 and appear in jury inquests.
As part of Trinity’s multidisciplinary practice areas, the Inquest barristers are often instructed as part of wider civil, criminal, family and/or professional conduct proceedings such as claims pursuant to the Human Rights Act, personal injury/clinical negligence, death in custody, death by dangerous driving, manslaughter, health and safety, fitness to practise, misconduct and child neglect.
With experience of representing a range of interested persons, the team deals with cases involving controversial deaths while in state detention such as police custody, prison, secure psychiatric facilities or immigration detention. This includes cases where authorities were aware that the deceased was at risk from violent crime or self-harm and failed to protect them. The team also deals with fatal cases involving contact with the police, including police pursuits, shootings, restraint and use of force.
In parallel with Chambers’ Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams, Trinity is instructed in a wide range of healthcare, clinical negligence, road traffic, occupiers’ liability, military and work-related fatal accident and industrial disease claims. As such, the team deal with complex issues of causation involving extensive medical evidence, for example mesothelioma and asbestosis cases.
The team has been instructed in cases of deaths involving the vulnerable, such as the neglect of the elderly in a care home setting, together with children suffering abuse and neglect which may be part of wider local authority childcare and even criminal proceedings.
Given the breadth of experienced practitioners within Trinity, expertise is also available to deal with Judicial Review and other public law matters arising from inquests.