Prior to Alex’s work as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, about half of Alex’s trial work was accounted for by complex jury inquests. Alex is often instructed at an early stage and works closely with the client throughout the preparation process, including in respect of any organisational learning relevant to pre-empting Regulation 28 reports. His clients include police forces, prisoners/government departments, local authorities, Transport for London, private firms and NHS bodies. Alex is accustomed to dealing with inquests attracting significant media coverage. Alex’s recent inquests include:
- Two complex inquests involving the impact of unconventional road design on pedestrian deaths, involving detailed analysis of the design process spanning several decades;
- Death in custody inquests involving New Psychoactive Substances, bullying, mental health issues, drug interaction etc;
- Acting on behalf of a police force (and one of its police officers) in a 7-day Article 2 jury inquest, involving seven Interested Parties;
- Representing a police force in an inquest following a high-speed police pursuit death;
- Inquest relating to the murder of a young man, where several police forces are alleged to have responded inadequately to warnings from his family;
- Inquest relating to the death of a young woman following a drugs overdose, involving issues of multi-agency cooperation and where approximately ten public authorities were interested parties;
- Acting for local authorities in inquests concerning care assessments, placement in care homes, deaths related to hoarding while living in the community etc.
Alex has been instructed to provide training in relation to inquests to several police forces, including for members of their firearms units. Alex is very interested in expanding the inquests part of his practice further, including in relation to taking instructions on behalf of Families and commercial Interested Persons.