Our Specialisms

We are a modern, common law set, handling some of the most interesting litigation in England and Wales today.

 

Serjeants’ Inn specialises in important, high profile medical, police, regulatory, criminal and public law cases, often involving political, ethical or social issues. Our barristers deal with litigation relating to the issues of our day such as assisted suicide, the refugee crisis, historic child abuse allegations and national security, to name just a few. Many of our cases span elements of both public and private law. They affect the rights of both individuals and the state.

Our cases often involve new and important points of law and we are frequently instructed to act in test cases: recent examples include proceedings brought by a killer against the NHS for damage arising from her crime and a false imprisonment claim relating to “rolling containment” policing of football matches.

Crucially, our cases are always of the utmost human significance: with this in mind, we work in partnership with our instructing solicitors to secure the best outcome and to support the lay client throughout.

We are delighted therefore that – as well as being in the top 25 chambers for proportionate number of rankings – we are one of Chambers & Partners top 20 client service sets. The directory notes that “this co-operative, helpful and responsive team is noted for being particularly easy to deal with and highly approachable”.

Recent examples of work include:

  • the Tunisian terrorist attack inquests;
  • the David Rathband (Raoul Moat) civil claim and the earlier inquests;
  • the Supreme Court appeal of Re JM, concerning the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection;
  • the Hillsborough inquests;
  • the Briggs case dealing with the right of autonomy and right to life;
  • the Squier disciplinary proceedings concerning expert evidence in shaken baby cases;
  • the Deepcut inquests;
  • the undercover policing investigation; and
  • the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Please click on the links to the left for further details of our specialist fields.

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