5 Essex Court

Charlotte Ventham

Call 2001

Inquests

Charlotte has acted in a number of sensitive and document-heavy inquests engaging public interest immunity issues and necessitating the careful handling of allegations of failings/Article 2 breaches on the part of state agencies. These have included:

  • Firearms incidents eg the shooting of Anthony Grainger – acted for IPCC; Chandler’s Ford inquest (interception of armed robbery on a cash in transit vehicle by members of the MPS “flying squad”) – acted for Hampshire police.
  • Unlawful killings eg Lucinda Port (fatal stabbing of the deceased following history of domestic violence) – acted for MPS.
  • Various prison deaths (including suicides) involving inmates with substance misuse issues, self-harming behaviours and physical and psychiatric ill-health.
  • Deaths in police custody eg Martine Brandon (deceased choked to death in a police cell as a result of consuming her own underwear) – acted for Hampshire police.
  • Deaths following emergency services’ response eg Daniel McMahon (deceased hit by train following 999 call) – acted for MPS.
  • Deaths involving psychiatric patients eg Preuss (deceased absconded from psychiatric hospital whilst suffering from psychotic delusions and jumped in the River Thames where she drowned) – acted for MPS.
  • Charlotte was junior Counsel for City of London Police in the inquest into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005.