5 Essex Court


“We view them as the leading set for inquests”
Chambers UK

5 Essex Court is widely recognised as a top-tier set for inquests offering an outstanding and comprehensive service.

Our Inquest team comprises a large number of inquest and coronial law specialists at all levels – including a Senior Coroner - many ranked as leaders in the field.

In addition to our renowned expertise in inquests involving the police, members of our Inquest team have extensive experience of representing clients from a range of sectors. These include: other emergency services, healthcare providers, government departments, local authorities, prison services, security firms, the military, publicly listed and private companies.

We recognise the sensitive nature of inquest proceedings and deploy inquisitorial advocacy skills appropriate to the high-profile clients we represent. Our barristers are regularly commended for their excellent client care skills and incisive and practical approach to handling difficult circumstances.

The Inquest team's expertise covers all aspects and stages of the inquest - from pre-inquest issues, such as investigation, disclosure, the need for a jury, anonymity, the ambit of inquests and the application of Article 2 of the ECHR; to assistance in the aftermath of inquests in implementing recommendations and ensuring organisational learning.   

Members of the Inquest team have appeared in the most high-profile inquests of recent years, both as counsel to Interested Persons and as Counsel to the Inquest, including:

  • The Deepcut inquests
  • The London Bridge Attack inquests
  • The Westminster Terror Attack Inquests
  • The Birmingham Pub Bombing Inquests
  • The Hillsborough Inquests
  • The Poppi Worthington inquest
  • The Tunisia Shootings Inquests
  • The Paris Bataclan inquest
  • The Inquest into the death of Stephen Akinyemi
  • The Inquest into the death of Mark Duggan

Our Inquest team also provides advice and assistance to the victim support charity, Murdered Abroad.

We provide in-house training, present an annual Inquests Conference and publish a newsletter focusing on inquests and inquiries.

For more information, contact our clerking team.