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Public Inquiries

We have a dedicated team of lawyers with extensive experience in advising a wide range of clients and organisations involved in assisting independent, public and statutory inquiries. We deal with matters attracting intensive international media attention, and help clients through these important and highly sensitive reviews.

Our range of experience and diverse client base, including a long term commitment to the public sector, has resulted in our involvement in almost every major Public Inquiry in the past ten years. Whilst we have a comprehensive understanding of the procedural and regulatory framework for all types of public inquiries, we are attuned to the needs of both public and private clients and work with them to map the organisation through the challenges of the process, encompassing crisis management, technological solutions and pastoral support.

Timeline of notable cases

Over the past few years, our teams have represented clients in a number of high profile public inquiries.

  1. 2020

    Fishmongers' Hall and London Bridge Inquests

    Representing the interests of one of the blue light agencies involved in the response to the terrorist attack of 29 November 2019.

  2. 2019

    Manchester Arena Bombing Public Inquiry

    Acting for the principal NHS Trust involved in the emergency response to the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017.

    London Bridge & Borough Market Inquests

    Advising one of the main blue light agencies involved in responding to the marauding terrorist attack of 3 June 2017.

  3. 2018

    Inquests into the deaths caused by the 1974 Guildford bombings

    Representing one of the state agencies centrally involved in the response to the terrorist attack of 5 October 1974 and subsequent investigations.

    Infected Blood Public Inquiry

    Acting for one of the principal organisations at the Inquiry investigation the treatment of individuals with infected blood and blood products since 1970.

    Inquests following four suspicious deaths of soldiers at Deepcut army barracks

    Representing the interests of a police constabulary regarding suspicious deaths at an army barracks between 1995 and 2002.

  4. 2017

    Independent Public Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

    Represented a number of organisations, including local authorities, charities and police constabularies in relation to the extensive inquiry into historic child sexual abuse.

    Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry

    Providing assistance to a cohort of employees whose organisation was contracted in the partial refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.

    Undercover Policing Public Inquiry

    Representing a number of police constabularies involved in the Inquiry into the use of undercover officers between 1968 and 2008.

  5. 2016

    Croydon Tram Crash Inquest

    Representing one of the police constabularies involved in the emergency response to the crash on 9 November 2016 and the criminal investigation which was conducted thereafter.

  6. 2014

    The Al Sweady Public Inquiry

    Acting for a number of former translators providing evidence to the Inquiry into the unlawful treatment of Iraqi nationals during the Iraqi conflict in 2000s.

  7. 2013

    The Francis Public Inquiry

    Representing the interests of an NHS agency at the inquiry into failings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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Our public inquiry solicitors can help you prepare for an enquiry from advising on documents and system review to conducting a full internal investigation.

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Martin English
Martin English


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