Alison Hewitt has specialised in inquests and coronial law for nearly 20 years and is recognised as a leading barrister in the field, being recommended as a Band 1 Individual for Inquests and Public Inquiries by Chambers UK. She is a Specialist Editor of Jervis on Coroners.
Alison acts regularly as Counsel to the Inquest in complex, high-profile and sensitive investigations, and represents a wide range of clients, including police forces, prisons, NHS Trusts, care homes, and coroners, in inquests and associated judicial review and civil proceedings.
She also has a significant police law practice which covers civil claims, judicial review and misconduct proceedings, as well as public inquiries and inquests, and she maintains her long-term personal injury practice. Additionally, she undertakes regulatory work and is a legal advisor to the General Dental Council.
Examples of prominent matters in which Alison has acted include: the Ian Tomlinson Inquest, the Jimmy Mubenga Inquest, the Poppi Worthington Inquest, the Surrey Puppy Farm Murders Inquests, the Shipman Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and R (Maughan) v HM Coroner for Oxfordshire (the Supreme Court consideration of the standard of proof for suicide and unlawful killing conclusions in inquests).
Alison was appointed HM Senior Coroner for the City of London (a part-time post) in 2016 and also sits as an Assistant Coroner in Surrey.