Briony Ballard

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Briony specialises in Coronial Law. She has represented a broad range of interested persons, including families as well as NHS Trusts, individual doctors, police forces and the IPCC. The inquests in which she is instructed frequently concern issues of neglect and unlawful killing. The vast majority are lengthy complex inquests held in satisfaction of the investigative obligations pursuant to Art 2, including deaths in custody and deaths of detained patients. Her clients report being reassured by her specialist knowledge, sensitivity and tactical approach.

Inquests & Inquiries

“She is superb at inquests and a very good advocate on her feet. Precise and measured in her approach, she is a go-to for complex work.”
Chambers & Partners

Possible causation and Art 2 conclusions: Was Lewis possibly wrong?
Read Briony’s update on our UK Inquest Law Blog here.

experience & expertise

Briony is very well known and in demand for her inquest work where she uses her experience as an Assistant Coroner in South London. Over the years she has worked closely with many families, as well as individuals whose acts or omissions may have contributed to the death under investigation and public bodies. She deals with cases involving deaths in custody (both prison and police), breaches of health and safety, allegations of medical error and mental health cases and inquests following police contact. As well as appearing in inquests themselves, Briony has been instructed on behalf of Health Trusts and other coroners in related proceedings in the Administrative Court. She also undertakes a significant amount of related fatal accident litigation.

Cases and work of Note

The vast majority of inquests in which Briony is instructed are lengthy complex cases held in satisfaction of the investigative obligations pursuant to Art 2. As can be seen from the following selection of notable cases Briony really does act on behalf of the full range of interested persons.


“She is a class act and a real force to be reckoned with.” “She knows her stuff and is very good with coroners.”
Chambers & Partners

‘Her knowledge and experience of the coronial process is invaluable and provides clients with a strong and reassuring presence.’
The Legal 500

“She has an unbelievable sense of gravitas and knows how to steer the hearing. She’s incredibly knowledgeable, sharp as a tack, and the coroner looked to her for guidance throughout.”
Chambers & Partners

‘A firm favourite for inquest work and an absolute pleasure to work with.’
The Legal 500

“She is extremely well prepared and has a punchy style in court; if you have a battle to fight, you would be in safe hands with her.”
Chambers & Partners 

“Appears to inspire confidence in coroners and judges.”
The Legal 500

“She is always very well prepared, and doesn’t miss anything at all.” “She shows good judgement – she is forthright, but knows when to hang back.”
Chambers & Partners

“She approaches difficult sets of circumstances with a lot of clarity.” 
The Legal 500