Temple Garden Chambers is a leading common law set based in London and The Hague.
With excellence from top to bottom Chambers provides a first class service in a number of different fields.
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:
HM Senior Coroner for West Sussex has returned conclusions in respect of the deaths of each of the 11 men killed outside the Shoreham Airshow in 2015. In each case, the Coroner ruled that the deceased had been unlawfully killed as...
The inquests into two deaths following an outbreak of a waterborne pathogen at a world-leading cardiothoracic transplant centre. The deaths, at the newly-opened Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, followed infection by a form of bacteria – M.abscessus – previously unknown...
Ellen, led by Ali Naseem Bajwa QC and instructed by Faradays Solicitors, represented the family of Mrs S, a 78-year-old woman, in the inquest into her death following an elective revision total hip replacement operation in September 2018 at the...
Kathryn Howarth represented the London Borough of Merton in an inquest concerning the death of 17 years old Katrina Makunvoa, who was killed by a knife wound in an altercation with her ex-boyfriend at a block of flats in London....
Keith Morton KC, leading Fiona Canby, represented Transport for London at the inquests into the deaths of seven people killed in the Croydon Tram crash at Sandilands on 9 November 2016. The inquests were held over 10 weeks. The jury...
Inquest into the death of Janet Scott, a woman who was murdered by her ex-partner Simon Mellors (SM). William Irwin represented the National Probation Service (NPS), part of the Ministry of Justice. At the time he killed Mrs Scott, SM...