Serjeants’ Inn has a long-standing reputation for its members’ special expertise in inquests and inquiries. Barristers from the Serjeants’ Inn public law, police law, professional and regulatory law, and clinical negligence and healthcare teams regularly provide advice and represent clients at inquests and inquiries throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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“He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”: Disentangling the Scope of an Inquest
Coroner for the Birmingham Inquests (1974) v. Hambleton & Ors.  EWCA Civ 2081 (judgment here)
On the evening of 21 November 1974 two successive explosions tore through two busy city centre pubs in the heart of Birmingham. The bombings, thought to be perpetrated by the IRA, resulted in the largest UK mainland peacetime loss of life to terrorism in its time: 21 innocent people were killed and 220 more were injured.
The inquests were opened but adjourned pending a criminal investigation. The following year, six men were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The miscarriage of justice involving the West Midlands Police that led to the release of ‘the Birmingham Six’ by the Court of Appeal in 1991 is now notorious. Despite the subsequent police investigations no further convictions have followed and the perpetrators of these atrocities remain unidentified and unpunished.
Who then was responsible for the deaths of the 21 victims? How did they come to die in these circumstances? Could their deaths have been prevented? The answers as to what happened for over 44 years ago remain hidden in a metaphorical ‘chamber of secrets’.
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