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Great Set for Inquests.

Temple Garden Chambers has vast experience in all aspects of coronial law, with members of chambers advising and representing bereaved families, individuals, public bodies, government departments and corporate entities.

Our particular expertise in inquests is reflected in regular instructions to act for Coroners, both as counsel to inquests and in judicial reviews of coronial decisions. Some members of chambers sit part-time as Assistant Coroners.

Members of chambers have extensive experience covering all kinds of military, prison, detention centre, police, national security, health and social care, aviation, insurance/road traffic and health and safety related deaths.

Temple Garden Chambers’ particular expertise and experience in inquests, combined with our expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence, and health & safety, means that members of chambers are well placed to advise and represent interested persons in the civil litigation that can often follow after the inquest.

Our breadth of experience extends to members of chambers advising the Coroners, Burials, Cremations and Inquiries Policy Team within the Ministry of Justice.

Our members accept instructions to act pro bono for bereaved families in cases involving the Armed Forces through the Royal British Legion scheme.

We publish a twice-yearly Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which members of chambers have been involved. Members of chambers also provide seminars and training in this area.

Members of chambers have represented interested persons in many of the high-profile inquests in recent years. Examples include:

  • The inquest into the death of Molly Russell.
  • The inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala.
  • The inquest into the death of Sabina Rizvi.
  • The Shoreham Airshow inquests.
  • The inquests into the deaths of the four victims killed by Stephen Port.
  • The inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess.
  • The inquest into the death of Sudesh Amman (the terrorist attack on Streatham High Road).
  • The Croydon Tram inquest.
  • The Fishmongers’ Hall inquests.
  • The inquest into the death of Ella Adoo Kiss-Debrah.
  • The London Bridge inquests.
  • The inquest into the deaths of the Westminster Terrorist Attack victims.
  • The Deepcut inquests.
  • The Hillsborough inquest.
  • The Brecon Beacons inquests.
  • The Vauxhall Helicopter Crash inquest.
  • The inquest into the 7 July 2005 London Bombings.
  • The inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed.

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For more information contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7583 1315 or send us an email.

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Inquests Barristers

Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury
Environmental Law

Keith Morton KC

Call 1990 | Silk 2011

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Health & Safety
Inquests
Professional Discipline

Simon Jackson KC

Call 1982 | Silk 2003

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Public Law
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests

Robin Tam KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2006

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Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury
Public Law

David Barr KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2014

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Inquiries
Inquests
Public Law
Personal Injury

Andrew O’Connor KC

Call 1996 | Silk 2015

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Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Cathryn McGahey KC

Call 1990 | Silk 2016

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Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury
Product Liability

Dominic Adamson KC

Call 1997 | Silk 2020

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Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Nicholas Moss KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2021

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Inquests
Personal Injury

John Bate-Williams

Call 1976

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Clinical Negligence
Inquests
Personal Injury
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Ian Ashford-Thom

Call 1977

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Inquests
Personal Injury
Professional Discipline

William Hoskins

Call 1980

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Personal Injury
Clinical Negligence
Professional Negligence
Inquests

Paul Kilcoyne

Call 1985

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Clinical Negligence
Health & Safety
Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury

Charles Curtis

Call 1992

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Clinical Negligence
Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury

Emma-Jane Hobbs

Call 1996

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Clinical Negligence
Inquests
Personal Injury

Benjamin Casey

Call 2000

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Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury

Fiona Canby

Call 2001

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Environmental Law
Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Nicholas Chapman

Call 2001

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Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Inquests
Health & Safety
Credit Hire

Tim Sharpe

Call 2002

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International Law
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law
Business & Human Rights

Kathryn Howarth

Call 2005

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Costs & Litigation Funding
Inquests
Inquiries
International Law
Personal Injury
Public Law

Sian Reeves

Call 2006

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Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
International Law
Public Law

Émilie Pottle

Call 2008

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Clinical Negligence
Credit Hire
Health & Safety
Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury

David R White

Call 2009

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Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Saoirse Townshend

Call 2010

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Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

William Irwin

Call 2010

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Automated & Electric Vehicles
Inquests
Personal Injury
Motor Insurance Fraud

Emma Northey

Call 2009

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Clinical Negligence
Inquests
Inquiries

Susan Jones

Call 2011

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Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Anthony Lenanton

Call 2011

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Clinical Negligence
Costs & Litigation Funding
Health & Safety
Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

Richard Boyle

Call 2012

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Credit Hire
Inquests
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury

Piers Taylor

Call 2012

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Clinical Negligence
Costs & Litigation Funding
Health & Safety
Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury

Ellen Robertson

Call 2013

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Inquests
Inquiries
International Law
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Zeenat Islam

Call 2013

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Personal Injury
Motor Insurance Fraud
Inquests
Costs & Litigation Funding
Health & Safety
Insurance
Collective Redress

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Inquests
Inquiries
Health & Safety
Environmental Law
Professional Discipline

Daniel Walker

Call 2015

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Inquiries
Inquests
Public Law
Health & Safety
Professional Discipline
Environmental Law

Harriet Gilchrist

Call 2016

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Public Law
International Law
Business & Human Rights
Collective Redress
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Commercial
Costs & Litigation Funding

Juliet Wells

Call 2016

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Inquiries
Inquests
Personal Injury
Credit Hire

Alice Hands

Call 2015

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Credit Hire
Inquests
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law
Clinical Negligence

Rochelle Powell

Call 2019

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Automated & Electric Vehicles
Extradition & Interpol
Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Insurance
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law
Professional Discipline

Anisa Kassamali

Call 2020

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Personal Injury
Public Law
Inquests
Inquiries
Extradition & Interpol

Amy Lanham Coles

Call 2021

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Personal Injury
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Nancy Kelehar

Call 2022

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The Inquest touching upon the death of RH concluded at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on 2 July 2024. The jury, having heard evidence from 32 witnesses, concluded that RH died by “ligaturing himself in circumstances where his intention could not be...
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21.12.23

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Inquest in to the death of PS Matt Ratana

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Inquest into the death of Marine Benjamin McQueen

01.08.2023

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...
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Inquest touching on the death of CR

Daniel Walker, instructed by Caroline Hayward, represented the Security Industry Authority (‘SIA’) in a seven-day Coroner’s Inquest before HMAC Christopher Long at the Lancashire and Darwen Coroner’s Court, sitting at Preston County Hall. On 4th April 2021 a member of...
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Inquest into death of Stuart Coburn

27.03.2023

Ellen Robertson represented the family of the deceased, Stuart Coburn, at the inquest into his death in Iraq in 2016.   Former British soldier Stuart Coburn, 43, was unlawfully killed when he was attempting to neutralize a 100kg improvised explosive...
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Great Set for Inquests.

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A high quality and impressive set when it comes to inquest work

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Temple Garden Chambers is amongst the best in the field for inquests and inquiries. The Silks are highly regarded, the senior juniors well known and highly regarded in the market with some excellent up and coming juniors.’

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