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Inquests & Inquiries

Chambers is home to a highly respected team of specialist inquest and public inquiry barristers. Our barristers have a strong working knowledge of coronial law and the ability to give these cases the careful handling they require.

Parklane Plowden barristers have substantial experience of representing a broad range of interested persons at inquests and public inquiries. They have a proven track record of handling complex and high-profile cases concerning deaths arising in a variety of circumstances and settings. From deaths in custody, to those arising in care homes and other institutions, the wealth of expertise available to bereaved families and corporate bodies is second to none.

Feelings are often highly-charged at Coroner’s inquests and our barristers are sensitive to the anxiety caused by these proceedings. Outstanding court advocacy skills and sensitive handling of witnesses both in and out of court means that our team are in demand.

Chambers has been involved in many high-profile inquests and we are adept at handling media interest in cases.

We offer continuity of representation from inquests through to any civil actions for damages arising post-inquest. This helps foster strong barrister-client relations to ensure the best possible outcome.

Inquests & Inquiries Barristers

James Murphy

Called 1993

Howard Elgot

Called 1974

Richard Copnall

Called 1989

Andrew Axon

Called 1992

Elizabeth Hodgson

Called 1993

Tariq Sadiq

Called 1993

Corin Furness

Called 1994

Alan Weir

Called 1996

Kristian Mills

Called 1997

Elizabeth Jones

Called 2000

Ian Pennock

Called 2001

Andrew Scott

Called 2002

Stuart Jamieson

Called 2003

Mike Hill

Called 2004

Andrew Webster

Called 2005

Leila Benyounes

Called 2005

Gemma Lieberman

Called 2006

Bronia Hartley

Called 2006

Tim Wilkinson

Called 2006

Georgina Nolan

Called 2006

Natalia Levine

Called 2007

Hylton Armstrong

Called 2008

Anna Datta

Called 2009

Gareth Price

Called 2009

Abigail Telford

Called 2011

Colin Richmond

Called 2012
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2010

Paul Sangha

Called 2012

Richard Ryan

Called 2014
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2004

Tom Semple

Called 2016

Jade Ferguson

Called 2017

Bethan Davies

Called 2017

Megan Crowther

Called 2017

Areas of Expertise

Accidents at work, including industrial disease deaths

Prison, police and immigration custody

Article 2 Inquests

Psychiatric issues including those lacking capacity and/or suffering from a mental disorder – occurring both in and outside psychiatric facilities

Care Homes

Road Traffic Accidents

Healthcare – hospital and GP treatment

Schools and other educational establishments

High profile/public interest cases

Human Rights issues

Jury-led inquests

Military personnel


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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