Jason Beer QC instructed as leading counsel to the Anthony Grainger Inquiry

Jason Beer QC has been instructed as leading counsel to the Anthony Grainger Inquiry.  Mr Grainger was shot by a Greater Manchester Police officer on 3rd March 2012.  On 17th March 2016 the Home Secretary established a public inquiry into Mr Grainger’s death pursuant to the Inquiries Act 2005.  The Chairman of the Inquiry is HHJ Teague QC.  The terms of reference of the Inquiry are:

“To ascertain when, where, how and in what circumstances Mr Anthony Grainger came by his death during a Greater Manchester Police operation, and then to make any such recommendations as may seem appropriate. In particular it will investigate:

  1. The objectives and planning of the operation;
  2. The information available to those who planned the operation, and the accuracy, reliability, interpretation, evaluation, transmission and dissemination of such information;
  3. The decision to deploy armed police officers and to make arrests, and the criteria applied in reaching those decisions;
  4. The command and control of the operation, its implementation, the actions of officers during the arrest phase, and the circumstances in which the officer who fired the fatal shot came to discharge his weapon;
  5. The suitability or otherwise of the firearms, ammunition and other munitions deployed in the operation;
  6. Any relevant firearms policies, protocols or manuals in force at the material time, together with any subsequent revisions or amendments;
  7. Whether (and, if so, to what extent) the judgment, reactions or operational effectiveness of any of the planners, commanders or firearms officers were compromised by extended hours of duty or by limitations in their professional capabilities;
  8. The extent to which Mr Grainger’s injuries would have incapacitated him whilst he remained conscious;
  9. Whether, after Mr Grainger was shot, his life could have been saved.”

Jason has appeared in 12 public inquiries and is the author of ‘Public Inquiries’ by Oxford University Press