Inquest touching the death of Ellie Butler

March & April 2018

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Instructed by Pamela Clarke of South London Legal Partnership, Emma acted for two primary schools in this Article 2 Inquest before Dame Linda Dobbs DBE.

Ellie was only 6 years old when she was murdered by her father, less than 13 months after she had been returned to the care of her parents. The Coroner found that there had been some failings by the relevant agencies, which she addressed in a PFD report, but was satisfied that no acts or omissions by them had contributed to Ellie’s death.

The Inquest took place over 11 days in March and April 2018.

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TEMPLE GARDEN CHAMBERS is a market leading set with recognised excellence in a myriad of practice areas with awarded leaders in twelve specialist areas. TGC has the privilege of being well placed in the Temple and The Hague with superb facilities.

Currently consisting of 17 silks and 60 juniors with outstanding leadership and a long established clerking team acknowledged for their exceptional client services and business development, we are keen to expand upon our key areas.

To accommodate the growth in our core practice areas we are inviting applications from established practitioners and/or teams to further enhance our excellent reputation in the following fields:

• Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
• Inquests & Inquiries
• Health & Safety
• Costs & Litigation Funding

TGC is widely recognised for its friendly ethos and its commitment to Equality & Diversity and Wellbeing. We are especially keen to encourage applications from underrepresented groups at the bar – women, people with disabilities, those from ethnic minority groups and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Applications will be treated with the strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Head of Chambers, Keith Morton QC

In advance of any formal application both Keith Morton QC and Dean Norton (Senior Clerk) would be delighted to have a confidential discussion. To arrange a meeting please contact Dean on 020 7842 8641 or