5 Essex Court

Amy Clarke

Call 2010

Inquests

Amy has particular expertise in inquest law and is recommended by Chambers UK for Inquests and Public Inquiries (Band 3).

She regularly appears on behalf of the police, local authorities, NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers and charities. Amy is regularly instructed on jury inquests and cases engaging Article 2 of the ECHR. She has a particular experience in inquests involving deaths in custody, death following restraint, missing person investigations, complex mental health issues and multi-agency care and treatment.

Amy also has extensive experience acting in inquests involving healthcare and alleged clinical negligence. She has acted for NHS Trusts, local authorities and private healthcare providers in inquests involving post-surgical care, absconsion from hospital whilst detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, neonatal death, risk assessment of patients and geriatric care, among others. Amy undertook a secondment in the inquest team at a leading firm of solicitors in 2016, which has given her invaluable insight into the specific needs of NHS clients.

Amy is junior counsel for the Metropolitan Police at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and has been instructed since 2017. She also acted as junior counsel for British Transport Police at the Inquests following the London Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attack.

Recent and notable cases include:

Inquest into the death of Jason Lennon – acting for the Metropolitan Police; Mr. Lennon died after being restrained during an episode of acute behavioural disturbance.

Inquest into the death of Gaia Pope – acting as junior counsel for Dorset Police (led by Beatrice Collier). The inquest will examine evidence relating to complex mental health needs, the treatment of epilepsy and the efficacy of a missing person investigation.

Inquest into the death of Jack Ritchie – acting for Gamcare UK. The inquest will examine whether gambling caused or contributed to Mr. Ritchie’s death.

Inquest into the death of John Cooney – acted for Transport for London; Mr. Cooney died after falling and sustaining a serious head injury whilst attempting to board a train.

Inquest into the death of Melissa van der Klugt – acted for Ms. Van der Klugt’s family; Ms. Van der Klugt died after being struck by a motorcycle whilst crossing the road. A conclusion of unlawful killing was secured, which is highly unusual in cases involving dangerous driving.

Inquest into the death of Shane Gilmer – acted for Humberside Police; Mr. Gilmer died after being shot with a crossbow.

Inquest into the death of Natasha Crabb – acted for Surrey Police; Ms. Crabb died after consuming butane gas, and had had frequent contact with the police and other agencies in the weeks and years leading to her death.

Inquest into the death of James Lockett – acted for North Wales Police; the inquest examined the complex nature of management of medication prescribed to treat schizophrenia and treatment for the condition, as well as the training relied upon when dealing with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and decisions to arrest and detain such individuals.

Inquest into the death of Edna O’Connor – acted for BMI Healthcare; Ms. O’Connor died following complications from gallbladder surgery.

Inquest into the death of Sebastian Hibberd – acted for NHS Digital; this case involved the death of a six year old child, caused by bowel intussusception and a fatal delay in access to medical treatment. The inquest examined the clinical basis upon which algorithms are generated for use by the NHS 111 service, for which NHS Digital is responsible, and also addressed the operation of the NHS 111 service itself, the adequacy of training of call handlers and the adequacy of local GP services.

Inquest into the death of Susan Stansbie – acted for the Mental Health Trust responsible for the care of Ms. Stansbie, who suffered catastrophic injuries sustained as a result of being struck by a train shortly after her release from hospital.