Share ThisShareThis PrintPrint ChatLAG Chat
Inquests: One day course



09:15 - 17:15

Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard

Fiona Murphy, Kate Maynard, Adam Straw and Daniel Machover

Level(s): Introductory & Intermediate (AM)/ Advanced (PM)

6 hours CPD

Commercial rate: £215 + VAT - commercial organisations including barristers and solicitors in private practice.

Standard rate: £205 + VAT - statutory and not for profit organisations.

This one day course will be split into two sessions, with the morning session catered for delegates at an introductory/ intermediate level and the advanced afternoon session covering more complicated areas of difficult inquest cases.

If you wish to attend the morning session only or afternoon session only, please click the relevant course title below to be taken to the correct booking page:


Morning session

Inquests: A practical approach

This course will provide a valuable overview of the law and procedure of the coroner's court and will inform those representing bereaved families how to achieve the best from the process. The key provisions of the Coroner's and Justice Act 2009 and the 2013 Coroners Rules will be covered.

Topics include:

1. Public funding and the inter relationship with civil claims for damages.

2. The particular features of representing bereaved families.

3. The investigation processes that will precede a custodial death inquest including tips as to how best to engage with those processes.

4. Pre-Inquest Review hearings: scope, Article 2 submissions, issues, disclosure and evidence.

5. The role of expert evidence in the coroners' court

6. What to expect at the inquest hearing

7. Conclusions and Preventing Future Death Reports (PFDs).


Aims and Objectives

1. This course is aimed at those who are new to this area of practice or who wish to develop their knowledge.

2.The aim is to ensure that those attending the course have a practical toolkit for each of the major stages of the investigation and inquest.

3. Pitfalls and tactics will be identified and discussed.

4. Attendees will acquire an overview of the Coroners Act 2009 and Coroners Rules 2013


Afternoon session

Inquests and Inquiries: Advanced

This advanced course will provide a comprehensive update of all significant legal and practical developments about inquests, investigations, inquiries and related civil claims over the last 12 months, help practitioners to get involved with important future legal developments, and give guidance on the issues that may be confronted in more complex cases. It is aimed at those representing families of the deceased or victims of breaches of articles 2, 3 or 4 ECHR.

Topics include:

1. A review of all important recent domestic and ECtHR cases and other legal developments, and an analysis of their implications for investigations, inquests, inquiries and civil claims.  

2. Hot topics over the next 12 months.

3. Complex cases, such as those involving large disasters, terrorism, sensitive material, historical deaths or abuse, and deaths abroad or caused by those abroad.

4. Systemic or regulatory failure, and obtaining court orders requiring public authorities to take action to prevent future deaths.

5. Public law challenges, including to coronial, CPS or IPCC decisions, failure to investigate, and failure to ensure disciplinary or criminal proceedings take place.


Course Materials/Resources

Lecture format. Case studies and question and answer sessions enable delegates to explore this area of law.  Comprehensive course handouts will be distributed to all delegates.



Fiona Murphy is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in claims against the police and other detaining authorities, inquests and related public law work.

Her notable cases include the Anthony Grainger Inquiry, the Hillsborough Inquests and R (Green) v Independent Police Complaints Commission (finding of irrationality in failure to conclude there was a case to answer for police misconduct). She is currently instructed in theUndercover Policing Inquiryand on behalf of the family of Dalian Atkinson.


Kate Maynard- Hickman Rose Solicitors: Specialist in private and public law claims relating to the criminal justice system. Acts for a number of prisoners in claims against the Ministry of Justice, for protesters and others in actions against the police, and victims of crime who have been failed by the police and criminal justice system.

She also represents bereaved families at inquests into deaths in custody, including deaths involving police restraint and following the use of force, prison murders and self inflicted deaths and deaths in immigration custody. Her international work includes assisting victims of torture and war crimes to pursue the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators both in the UK and elsewhere. She is experienced in multi party litigation against the state.


Daniel Machover- Hickman Rose Solicitors:  Daniel heads the firm's civil litigation department, which specialises in inquests, as well as public and private law actions against the police, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. He specialises in deaths in custody, representing bereaved families at inquests and is co-author of Inquests - A Practitioner's Guide 3rd Edition. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity INQUEST and writes regularly for the legal press including Legal Action in which he co-authors the regular column Recent Developments in Inquest Law. 

Relevant cases include the inquests into the deaths of Harry Stanley, Shahid Aziz, Godfrey Moyo and Sean Rigg and the public inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney, McCann and others v U.K. (1995) 21 EHRR 97 (in which Daniel co-authored Liberty's third party intervention at the European Court of Human Rights), R (Irene Stanley) v HM Coroner for Inner North London [2003] EWHC 1180 Admin, R (Graeme Reynolds) v IPCC [2008] EWCA Civ 1160 and R(E7) v Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry [2014] EWHC 452 (Admin).


Adam Straw- Doughty Street Chambers: Adam has recently acted in the inquests or inquiries into the deaths of Mark Duggan, Azelle Rodney, Anthony Grainger, Alexander Litvinenko, Alexander Perepilichnyy, and Hillsborough. He acts either for the family or the tribunal. He currently represents the family of Jermaine Baker who was fatally shot by the police, and Neville Lawrence in the pending public inquiry into undercover policing, and is leading counsel for the custodial investigations unit of the CSA inquiry. Adam has a particular expertise in public law cases relating to death, inquests and inquiries. For example, he acted for the claimants in the recent challenge to the unprecedented level of suicide at HMP Woodhill, and represented the family of Jean Charles de Menezes in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

He co-authored the 2014 book 'Inquests - a practitioner's guide', and wrote the section of the Emmerson and Simor Human Rights Practice encyclopedia about article 2 (the right to life). He was awarded the Chambers & Partners Human Rights & Public Law junior of the year 2014, and LAPG Young Legal Aid Barrister of the year in 2010.