5 Essex Court

Cicely Hayward

Call 2008

Inquests

Cicely has particular experience in inquest work. She frequently represents police, central government departments, local authorities and families in inquests. This work is often related to areas of her wider practice, including in particular civil claims against the police and personal injury litigation. Wherever possible she will aim to work with clients from an early stage to ensure early identification of the legal and practical issues ahead. Much of the inquest work Cicely is involved in engages issues of mental health, substance misuse, and capacity, and the approach to these issues by medical practitioners and other professionals, such as the police and social workers.

Notable cases:

Inquest into the death of Geoff Gray (Deepcut 3) [2018/2019] -  instructed as junior counsel for the Ministry of Defence in the further inquest into the death of Geoff Gray, who died of gunshot wounds to the head in 2001. Mr Gray was the third of four trainees to die at Deepcut Barracks in the period 1995 – 2002. Led by Nicholas Moss.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (Child Migration Programmes Case Study) [2017/2018] -  junior counsel for the Department of Health (representing all government departments) in the case study into institutional failings or organisations based in England and Wales relating to the sexual abuse of children involved in the child migration programmes (1940s – 1970). Led by Samantha Leek QC.

Inquest into the death of Justin Skrebowski [2018] - instructed by the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police in the inquest into the death of a man who was stabbed to death in Poundland by a man known to the police and mental health services. 

Inquests into the deaths of Michael and Nicola Beck [2017] - instructed by the estate of Michael Beck.

Inquest into the death of Milan Dokic [2017] - instructed by Transport for London in this inquest which raised questions about the surface used for London’s cycle Superhighways.

Inquest into the death of Craig Royce [2017] - instructed by the Ministry of Justice in the inquest into the death of a prisoner who was found suspended from a ligature in his cell at Chelmsford Prison in 2016.

Inquest into the death of Major General Alastair Duncan [2017] - instructed by the Ministry of Defence in the inquest into the death of a retired General who died in 2016. Successfully argued that the long term effects of the anti-malarial drug lariam were not within the proper scope of the inquest.

Inquest into the death of Lisa Moller [2015] - instructed by the Chief Constable of South Wales Police into widely reported case of a young mother found hanging in her home hours after the police had checked on her.

Inquest into the death of Bijan Ebrahimi [2014]  - instructed as junior counsel for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset in the inquest into the death of a man who was beaten to death by neighbours in Bristol, following numerous calls to the police. Following the criminal proceedings and disciplinary proceedings, and in light of the work done since the death by the police, a decision was made not to resume the inquest.

The Red Arrows Inquest [2014] - instructed as junior counsel for the Ministry of Defence in this 3-week inquest into the death of Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, a Red Arrows pilot, who was inadvertently ejected from his Hawk aircraft whilst it was still on the ground. Led by Nicholas Moss.

Inquest into the death of Mark Duggan [2013] - instructed as junior counsel by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (as was).

Inquest into the Death of Ibrahim Tejan [2012] - instructed by the City of London Corporation in this six-day inquest into the death of a man killed by a bus in central London.

Inquest into the Death of Ian Tomlinson [2012] - Article 2 inquest involving complex medical evidence as to cause of death.