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:
Dominic Adamson KC acted on behalf of Su Bushby in the inquest into the death of her partner, Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was murdered by Louis De Soysa in a holding cell at Croydon Custody Centre following his arrest in...
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...
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...
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...
Daniel Walker, instructed by Georgia Ford of Capsticks Solicitors, was instructed to represent an NHS Hospital Trust (‘the Trust’) at a 10-day Article 2 Jury Inquest before HMAC Darren Stewart (‘HMAC’) at Winchester Coroner’s Court. RE had a history of...
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...