5 Essex Court

Public Inquiries

“5 Essex Court has developed an enviable team for inquests and public inquiries work”
Chambers UK

Having appeared in most of the significant Public Inquiries of the last two decades, 5 Essex Court is ranked as a top-tier set with our barristers recognised as leaders in the field. 

The Public Inquiries team provides expert advice and advocacy in this niche specialism representing a broad range of clients including government departments, public authorities and police forces. Members are also regularly instructed as counsel to the Inquiry.

Public Inquiries are inherently high profile and members of our Inquiries team are consistently praised for their effective handling of the sensitivities and challenges facing clients who are often in the spotlight for an extended period.

We provide a comprehensive service covering all aspects of a Public Inquiry including advice and training on issues arising from Core Participant status. We also assist clients with witness and organisational preparation and  representation in the course of an inquiry. Following the conclusion of an inquiry, we can advise on challenges to Inquiry decisions and also in relation to the implementation of recommendations and organisational learning

Members of our team have been instructed in numerous Public Inquiries, often with multiple members instructed in the same inquiry, including:


  • The Post Office Inquiry
  • The COVID Inquiry
  • The British Virgin Island Inquiry
  • The Infected Blood Inquiry
  • The Magnox Inquiry
  • The Jermaine Baker Inquiry
  • The Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry
  • The Grenfell Tower Inquiry 
  • The Anthony Grainger Inquiry 
  • The Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry 
  • The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 
  • The Undercover Policing Inquiry 
  • The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 
  • The Harold Shipman Inquiry 
  • The Marchioness Inquiries 
  • The Bichard Inquiry 
  • The Hutton Inquiry 
  • The Zahid Mubarek Inquiry 
  • The Billy Wright Inquiry 
  • The Baha Mousa Inquiry 
  • The Al-Sweady Inquiry 
  • The Leveson Inquiry 
  • The Azelle Rodney Inquiry 

We are regularly called upon to provide training and deliver lectures, and have written extensively, in relation to public inquiries. Chambers produces a newsletter providing our professional insight on public inquiries and inquests.  Our Head of Chambers, Jason Beer QC, is the author of the leading text on Public Inquiries (OUP).

For more information, contact our clerking team.