Course date: 1st February 2019
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers
Course Time: 9.15am-5.15 pm
Accreditation: 6 hours CPD
Lecturers’ Names: Kate Maynard and Daniel Machover/ Adam Straw and Fiona Murphy
Commercial rate: £215 + VAT
Standard rate: £205 + VAT
Description and brief synopsis
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
Trainers: Kate Maynard and Daniel Machover
This course will provide an overview of the law and procedure of the coroner's court and of public inquiries. It is aimed at those representing bereaved families at inquests, and those representing bereaved families or members of the public who are core participants at public inquiries.
Topics include:
1. The key provisions of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and Coroners Rules 2013, together with the Inquiries Act 2005 and Inquiry Rules 2006.
2. Public funding for inquests and the relationship with civil claims for damages.
3. Client care, disclosure, gathering evidence, pre-inquest review hearings and preparation for the inquest.
4. The inquest hearing: witnesses, written evidence, juries and conclusions.
5. Working strategically on cases with INQUEST (led by a caseworker from INQUEST).
6. Applying to be a core participant at a public inquiry, getting funding.
7. Preparation for a public inquiry, the preliminary and final hearings, and the Inquiry’s report.
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, inquest or inquiry.
3. Pitfalls and tactics will be identified and discussed.
4. Attendees will acquire an overview of the Coroners Act 2009 and Coroners Rules 2013 and the Inquiries Act 2005 and Inquiry Rules 2006.
Afternoon session
Trainers: Adam Straw and Fiona Murphy

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. It will help practitioners to get involved with important future legal developments, and give guidance on the issues that may be confronted in more complex cases.
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. Tips and tactical issues in public inquiries and other forms of inquiry, such as permission to question witnesses.
4. Complex cases, such as those involving large disasters, terrorism, sensitive material, historical deaths or abuse, and deaths abroad or caused by those abroad.
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
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.
Details of speakers
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 and Rose Solicitors: Daniel heads the firm's civil litigation department, which specialises in inquests and inquiries, actions against the police, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office and civil fraud. He 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, the public inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney and the on-going Grenfell Tower Inquiry; 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, R(E7) v Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry [2014] EWHC 452 (Admin) and Power v HM Senior Coroner for Inner London [2017] EWHC 3117 (Admin).
Fiona Murphy is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in claims against the police and other detaining authorities, inquests and inquiries, and related public law work.
Her current inquest and inquiry work includes the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Anthony Grainger Inquiry, the Undercover Policy Inquiry and instruction in relation to the restraint related deaths of Dalian Atkinson and Shane Bryant. She is also currently instructed in the Hillsborough Victims Misfeasance Group Litigation having been instructed in the 77 families’ team at the new Inquests. Other notable inquest and related litigation work the restraint related deaths of Jimmy Mubenga and Richard O’Brien who were found to be unlawfully killed and R (Lewis) v Shropshire Coroner. Fiona represents victims of human rights infringements.
Adam Straw- Doughty Street Chambers: Adam has 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 public inquiry into undercover policing, and is counsel for the inquiry in 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 Birmingham Bombings inquest, and represented the family of Jean Charles de Menezes in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
Adam 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.
Booking rates
Commercial rate: £215 + VAT - commercial organisations including barristers and solicitors in private practice.
Standard rate: £205 + VAT - statutory and not for profit organisations.
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