Inquests & Inquiries

“Solicitors are confident that this set provides a plethora of knowledge, skill and experience”
The Legal 500


Serjeants’ Inn has substantial expertise in inquests and inquiries. Described by The Legal 500 as a “first port of call” in this field, we are ranked as a tier one set for the field, with ten members of the team ranked as leading barristers in the field. Bridget Dolan QC leads the team.

We have specialist counsel of all levels of call, ensuring that we have the breadth of experience to suit every client’s needs and budget. We cover all aspects of coronial law with members advising and representing bereaved families, individuals, statutory bodies and corporate entities in cases covering a vast range of complex legal and factual issues. These frequently include high profile Art. 2 inquests.

This wide expertise in inquests combined with the fact that we are a leading set in the fields of clinical negligence, police and regulatory law means that we are well placed to advise and represent parties through all stages of the civil litigation that can often follow an inquest.

The Inquest Law Reports are edited by two barristers from Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, Bridget Dolan QC and Briony Ballard, and the Medical Law Reports are also written and edited by a team from Chambers led by Angus Moon QC. Members of Chambers often provide training for lawyers and staff from public bodies (such as the police and health & social care professionals) and others on all aspects of coronial law.

Our members regularly act pro bono, particularly for bereaved families through the Bar Pro Bono Unit and other charitable organisations. Furthermore, some members of our team have public access accreditation and so can accept instructions directly from lay clients.

Our Inquests team also writes a popular and frequently updated Inquest law blog, which can be found here.


24 Hour Urgent Advice

Our Inquest & Inquiries team provides a 24 hour service, 365 days a year to arrange for urgent advice and representation on applications including injunctions. For more details about our emergency service please click here.

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