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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 Bugaled Breizh inquests.
  • 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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Commercial
Inquests
Inquiries
Insurance
Personal Injury
Product Liability

Andrew Prynne KC

Call 1975 | Silk 1995

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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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Commercial
Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury

George Alliott

Call 1981

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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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Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Louise Jones

Call 2004

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

Kathryn Howarth

Call 2005

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Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Benjamin Seifert

Call 2007

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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 White

Call 2009

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Automated & Electric Vehicles
Inquests
Personal Injury
Motor Insurance Fraud

Emma Northey

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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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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Health & Safety
Professional Discipline
Environmental Law
Inquests
Inquiries

Daniel Walker

Call 2015

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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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Costs & Litigation Funding
Environmental Law
Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Insurance
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Harriet Gilchrist

Call 2016

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Clinical Negligence
Costs & Litigation Funding
Credit Hire
Inquests
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

Olivia Rosenstrom

Call 2018

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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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Automated & Electric Vehicles
Clinical Negligence
Credit Hire
Environmental Law
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

Grace Corby

Call 2021

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Re the Inquests touching the deaths of those killed at the Shoreham Airshow

20/12/2022

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...
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Royal Papworth Hospital Inquests

11/11/2022

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...
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Inquest into the death of SS

24/12/2021

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...
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Katrina Makunova

14/10/2021

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....
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Croydon Tram Inquest

21/09/2021

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...
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Inquest into the death of Janet Scott

02/03/2021

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...
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