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Serjeants’ Inn Annual Inquest Seminar 2017

10th October 2017

To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, it’s not the things that you know that you don’t know that you need to worry about, it’s the things that you don’t know that you don’t know. Through the Serjeants’ Inn Annual Inquest Seminars we hope to help you reduce the size of the latter category – at least as far as the law related to inquests is concerned – by offering a digestible update on the key coronial law cases over the past year.

In this evening seminar, aimed at those who already have an understanding of inquest law, members of the Serjeants’ Inn Inquest Team will outline the important legal developments since September 2016 and discuss their practical relevance when representing clients in the coroner’s courts.


  • The presumption of death – Greathead
  • S.1 CJA duty and getting the PM report wrong – Heinonen, Tariq
  • DOLS and the meaning of state detention – Ferreira
  • Dealing with vulnerable witnesses and anonymity – Maguire, Tariq
  • Assessing complex medical evidence – Mc Donnell
  • State’s Art 2 duties where private activities put public at risk – Cevrioglu v Turkey
  • Art 2 and deaths abroad – Bakanova v Lithuania
  • A contractual right to “closure” – Shaw v Leigh Day
  • Seeking costs against Coroners – Gudanaviciene; Moore

This is an hour seminar which will be followed by networking drinks. Please be aware that we have limited places so you may wish to book early to avoid disappointment.

This seminar is now fully booked with a waiting list in place.

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