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Between 10th and 28th July 2023 Sir Ernest Ryder, appointed as Judge Coroner heard the inquest into the death of Marine Benjamin McQueen at the Royal Courts of Justice. The Judge Coroner ruled that Marine McQueen died on 14 November 2018 during arduous military training for operarions with an elite unit. Marine McQueen, 26, drowned during a diving training drill at Portland Harbour, Dorset.
Nicholas Moss KC was instructed to advise HM Senior Coroner for Dorset and then instructed as Counsel to the Inquest by the nominated Judge Coroner Sir Ernest Ryder, working with Catherine Turtle (TLT Solicitors), Solicitor to the Inquest.
Kathryn Howarth represented the Ministry of Defence, with Edward Pleeth and led by Neil Sheldon KC.