Trainers: Leslie Thomas QC, Daniel Machover, Helen Stone and Adam Straw
LAG's annual inquests and public inquiries training course has a revised programme for 2020. Rather than splitting the day into introductory and advanced sessions we will run the full day programme at an intermediate level covering all the latest case-law and providing practical and tactical guidance from leading practitioners in the field.
9.00-9.30am Coffee and registration
9.30-10.45 Session 1
Introduction – inquests and increasing use of public inquiries in place of inquests
Urgent issues to consider following a death – who client is, post mortem, liaising with investigative team re securing of evidence
INQUEST – working with INQUEST
Funding – inquest (legal aid/CFA), public inquiry (funding by commissioning department, fixed rates)
Looking ahead on disclosure, PIRs and procedural hearings – how it works and how to maximise disclosure where possible
10.45-11.30 Session 2
Inquest or Inquiry?
Liaising with coroner/ other bodies if suspect inquest may be turned into inquiry eg through secret evidence; pros and cons - eg chair vs jury, role of family, type of questioning, inquiry team/counsel to the coroner/no team, conclusions vs report
11.30-11.45 Coffee
11.45-13.00 Session 3
Domestic case law – update, trends and forecast (will include public inquiries)
Civil claims case-law update
13.00-14.00 lunch
14.00-14.45 Session 4: European case law update, trends and forecasts
14.45-15.15 Session 5: Civil claims
15.15-15.30 Tea
15.30-16.15 Session 6: Evidence
Will include instructing and handling of expert witnesses, evidence in inquests and public inquiries and the differences, preparing for oral evidence, protective/special measures, video-links and witnesses abroad.
16.15-17.00 Session 7: Conclusions
Will include summing up, jury directions, short form and narrative conclusions and PFD reports in inquests, submissions, chair’s report and recommendations in public inquiries)
Civil justice, Practice and procedure