Inquests & Inquiries
“She provides valuable advice and has extremely good interpersonal skills.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
experience & expertise
Cecily has experience of cases involving deaths following treatment in hospitals, detention in mental health institutions, and contact with the police including 999 calls and other emergency including suicide situations. Recent cases in the medical field have involved treatment in care homes and/or community mental health teams; and in the police field, firearms cases and cases involving restraint.
Cecily is regularly instructed in lengthy and complex inquests, before a jury and Coroner alone. She acts on behalf of individuals and organisations and frequently advises on “PFD” issues.
Cecily is particularly interested in human rights arguments (typically engaging Articles 2, 3, 5 and 8 ECHR) having worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
cases & work of note
Cecily’s recent cases have included a number of high-profile, sensitive inquests.
- Undercover Policing Inquiry (ongoing)
Junior counsel to Sir Robert Francis QC on behalf of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
- Inquest touchingthedeathof Alexander Perepilichnyy (2016 to 2018)
Junior counsel to the widow of a Russian businessman who died in Surrey in 2012. After evidence hearings in June 2017 and April 2018, the Coroner ultimately found that Mr Perepilichnyy’s death was attributable to natural causes. Please see here and here for media coverage.
- Inquests into thedeaths of soldiers at Deepcut Army Barracks (2016, 2018 and 2019)
Junior counsel to Surrey Police in the fresh inquests ordered following the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut Army Barracks between 1995 and 2002. Inquest into the death of Geoff Gray to be heard in Woking Coroner’s Court in spring 2019.
- Inquest touching the death of Sally Hodkin (2018)
Acting for the Metropolitan Police Service in this inquest concerning the death of a woman killed by Nicola Edgington who had previously been convicted of manslaughter after killing her mother. Please see here for media coverage.
- Inquest touching the death of Rashan Charles (2018)
Acting for the Metropolitan Police Service in this inquest concerning the death of a young man who was restrained by police in Hackney and a plastic package was later retrieved from his mouth. The jury found the death to have been accidental. Please see here for media coverage.
- Inquest touching the death of Richard Davies (2017)
Acting for Bedfordshire Police in Cambridgeshire’s first fatal shooting inquest, in front of a jury, which returned a conclusion of lawful killing after hearing complex ballistics evidence. Click here for press coverage.
- Inquest touching the death of Stella Alao (2017)
Article 2 inquest into a maternal sepsis death, acting on behalf of the hospital trust.
- Inquest touching the death of Estyna Blunnie (2016)
Cecily represented Essex Police at a 3 week jury inquest into the tragic death of a woman murdered by her former partner. Click here for press coverage