5 Essex Court

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Inquests

Claire is regularly instructed in inquests with particular experience of dealing with deaths in or on release from custody (including police and prison custody and immigration detention) and after contact. She has an excellent relationship with clients who comment favourably on her pragmatic and straightforward approach to the process. Claire is also instructed in a number of civil claims arising out of cases connected to inquests. 

 Recent cases include:

  • Instructed by a Police force in respect of a death in police custody giving rise to issues of searches and the potential ingestion of drugs;
  • Inquest for the Ministry of Justice in relation to a prisoner who confessed to the murder he had previously denied in the face of a high-profile innocence campaign;
  • Inquest for a Police force including detailed consideration of the Prisoner Escort Record forms and information communication;
  • Three-week inquest for the MOJ relating to a death in custody;
  • Inquest for GCHQ in respect of the death of one of their employees.

Claire’s employment experience has been particularly invaluable in two recent cases where the (deceased) individuals were employed by state agencies. Her experience of disability discrimination cases in the Employment Tribunal and civil courts is valuable in addressing cases involving issues relating to mental health.