Rhys Hadden

Call 2006



Rhys has experience of advising and representing parties at inquests, in particular where there is a mental capacity or mental health aspect. His knowledge of the law across a number of areas of public law enables him to bring an innovative perspective to complex or unusual cases. Rhys is on the Attorney General’s Regional B Panel and the Welsh Government’s Junior Counsel A Panel. He is described in Chambers & Partners as “a brilliant advocate“.

“A brilliant advocate who provides solid, sensible, well-researched and well-presented arguments for collaboration.”
Chambers and Partners 2019

The Barrister magazine covers Rhys Hadden’s move to Serjeants’ Inn.

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experience & expertise

Rhys undertakes inquest work, especially where there is a mental health aspect to the case or where there has been a death in state detention or in a health or care setting. He is currently instructed on several Article 2 inquests in relation to suicides in prison where criticism has been made of the different public bodies involved.

Rhys has detailed knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the responsibilities on public authorities arising under the Act, which are often key issues in inquests involving psychiatric patients. He also has expertise in in cases where local authorities may face potential criticism in connection with its child or adult safeguarding duties.

He has experience of cases where there may be reputational issues. He is always aware that some cases may require a particularly sensitive and subtle approach, while retaining a focus on potential tactical issues that may arise in subsequent litigation.