5 Essex Court

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Inquests

Robert has experience of acting for public-sector clients in a variety of different circumstances. He has been involved in inquests considering deaths following restraint, cases in which the response of NHS bodies was challenged, and deaths in custody.Robert has acted in a large number of high-profile inquests (including many heard by juries) and has been particularly praised by clients for his handling of sensitive issues.

Notable cases:

Re the Birmingham Pub Bombings (ongoing) – Instructed (as junior to Jeremy Johnson QC) in the ongoing inquests into the deaths arising from the 1974 bombings.

Re Alexander Perepilichnyy (deceased) (ongoing) – Acting (as junior to Fiona Barton QC) for the Chief Constable of Surrey in the inquest into the death of a Russian businessman.

Re Leslie Douthwaite (deceased) (2016) – Appeared for the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall in this jury inquest in which there were allegations that positional asphyxia had been a contributory factor.

Re Michael Lawrence (deceased) (2015) – An Article 2 inquest concerning positional asphyxia.

Re William Hafele (deceased) (2014) – Acted in this two week Article 2 jury inquest in which the procedures relating to ‘informal in patients’ in mental health units were in particular focus.

Re Francis Andrade (deceased) (2014) – Acted for the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester at the inquest into the death of a professional musician found dead after giving evidence against a couple who had sexually abused her whilst she was a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.