Barristers from Pump Court Chambers provide representation and serve as chairs in a wide range of Inquests & Inquiries, including private fact-finding determinations, for clients including bereaved families, private individuals, companies, authorities and other organisations.
Our team acts in Inquests and civil actions that arise from deaths in custody, deaths in prison and healthcare institutions, deaths during medical procedures, deaths in the armed forces, and deaths caused by individuals in a wide range of other circumstances.
We have extensive experience of representing police officers at Inquests and other tribunals. Most of the Inquests involving police officers are Article 2 (Jury) Inquests and, as well as providing high-quality advice and representation, we can provide officers with the high-level of support they are likely to require during Inquests that typically receive significant media attention.
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Our Inquiry Chairs, led by Nigel Pascoe QC, are all senior practitioners with judicial experience. Senior members of Pump Court currently sit as Civil and Criminal Recorders, Deputy High Court Judges, Chancellors in Consistory Courts and Legal Assessors in Employment and Regulatory Tribunals. Our Inquiry Chairs have experience of making findings of fact, enabling them to conduct discreet independent inquiries on behalf of companies and authorities and to investigate and reach independent conclusions on a wide range of public and private issues.
Local Authorities, public bodies and large and small companies sometimes require fact-finding inquiries to be conducted by an independent expert whose integrity is beyond question to resolve issues fairly and openly while avoiding unnecessary publicity. These can involve anything from reading prepared documents to investigation and hearing evidence. Having an independent outsider, our Inquiry Chairs take the role of inquiry investigator, hearing evidence, reading documents and reaching conclusions.
Pump Court Chambers Inquiry Chairs offer:
All work will be covered by agreed terms of reference and time scales.
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Our team represents individuals, companies, local authorities and a variety of organisations required to attend inquiries.
In one example of our work, a member of our team was instructed in the first War Crimes trial held in the United Kingdom and went on to complete two years as counsel representing a core participant in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry chaired by Sir William Gage, which was the largest inquiry into the murder and torture of civilians while in British Military custody in Iraq.