5 Essex Court

Emma Price

Call 2007

Inquests

Emma has particular expertise in inquest work. She is regularly instructed on behalf of central government departments, police forces, NHS trusts, local authorities and families in inquests.

Emma has particular expertise in:

  • Inquests involving deaths in detention and custody, following both fatal acts of self-harm and restraint;
  • Inquests exploring alleged failings in the provision of mental and physical health care, including those investigating deaths occurring during detention under the Mental Health Act;
  • Inquests exploring alleged failings in the provision of social care; and
  • Inquests into military deaths.

She has significant experience in the article 2 issues often arising in these types of inquest and in subsequent civil article 2 claims. 

Notable inquests include:

The fresh inquest into the death of Sean Benton at Deepcut Barracks in 1995.  Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence as Junior Counsel to Nicholas Moss.  Issues explored in the fresh inquest included alleged bullying and physical abuse by fellow trainees and Sean’s superiors, the instructions given to trainees on armed guard duty and welfare provision for trainees. 

The fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks in 1995.  Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and two individual soldiers as Junior Counsel to Nicholas Moss.  The fresh inquest heard evidence from over 100 witnesses and explored third party involvement in the death as well as allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and bullying at Deepcut. 

The Inquest into the death of Joseph Phuong, who died whilst detained under the Mental Health Act, following mental health treatment in the community and a period of police custody and restraint.  Instructed on behalf of the London Borough of Richmond. 

The Inquest into the death of Edwin O’Donnell, who had a history of self-harm and violence and died following an act of fatal self-harm in prison.  Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. 

The Inquest into the death of Jack Portland, who died whilst he was on s. 17 Mental Health Act leave from hospital, following a period of detention in prison.  Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

The Inquest into the death of Luke Johnson, who died following his release from prison of heroin toxicity.  Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

The Inquest into the death of Olawale Adelusi, who died in hospital following an act of fatal self-harm in prison.  Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.  

The Inquest into the death of Andrew Ashman.  Instructed on behalf of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in this inquest into the death of a crew member sailing in the Clipper “Round the World Race”.