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 in a leading directory.  In a team led by Bridget Dolan QC, five members sit as assistant coroners and ten members of our inquest and inquiries team are ranked as leading barristers in the field. It will be no surprise that barristers from Serjeants’ Inn regularly appear in substantial and complex high media profile cases representing interested persons and as Counsel to the Inquest.

Our team covers all aspects of coronial law with members advising and representing bereaved families, individuals, public bodies and corporate entities in cases covering a vast range of complicated legal and factual issues. That we have specialist counsel of all levels of call ensures that we can offer a breadth of experience to suit every client’s needs and budget. Organisations often turn to Serjeants’ Inn when reputational issues are at stake. Families who have lost loved ones can find not only the skills of an experienced barrister but also someone sensitive to the uniquely stressful situation of managing legal proceedings so shortly after bereavement, when the loss is still so raw.

Our 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. We have particular expertise in bringing and defending Judicial Review challenges of coronial decisions.  Members of chambers have represented five coroners in such challenges over the past year.

Our Inquests team also writes a popular and frequently updated UK Inquest law blog, which can be found here. In addition the specialist 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.    As well as delivering our ever popular annual Inquest Law Update Seminars and other regular training for lawyers and staff from public bodies on all aspects of coronial law, Chambers contributes to the compulsory training for all Coroners (through the Chief Coroners Coronial Training course).

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


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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