Chris Daw QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2013


In recent years, Chris has been instructed in some of the most high profile and difficult inquests and inquiries, including the Hillsborough Inquests and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.  Generally acting for clients facing allegations of wrongdoing, Chris approaches such instructions with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that the public record of his client’s actions is stripped of the rumour and innuendo which can infect high profile proceedings of this kind.

Inquests and Inquiries

The Hillsborough Disaster Inquests – acted for two retired Chief Superintendents in these inquests, which continued over two years and were heard by Sir John Goldring.

“An outstanding barrister who prepares extremely well.” 

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Experience and expertise

Perhaps more than in any other legal forum, sensitive public inquiries and inquests demand the sort of judgement and presentational skill for which Chris is known in all areas of his professional practice.

High profile cases include:
The Hillsborough Disaster Inquests – acted for two retired Chief Superintendents involved in the South Yorkshire Police investigation into the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989. That investigation is alleged by some to have involved a “cover-up” of police responsibility for the disaster. The longest inquest and the longest jury proceedings in English legal history concluded in April 2016.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – acting for and advising a Chief Constable in respect of policing issues arising from historical criminal investigations under consideration by the IICSA.

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