John acts for a wide variety of interested persons in both jury and non-jury inquests, including family members, but has particular experience representing police forces and Government departments in both Article 2 and non-Article 2 inquests.
He has also acted in cases involving suicide or sudden death following arrest or other police contact, substantial inquests following deaths in custody, and deaths of Armed Forces personnel both in the UK and on operations. He is also familiar with applications under s.13 of the Coroners Act 1988 for a fresh inquest.
In 2018, John was led by Francesca Whitelaw on the Sean Benton Inquest after working extensively with her on the Cheryl James Inquest in 2016. In both inquests, John and Francesca acted for individual soldiers and NCOs who had been made Interested Persons. Both inquests arose out of deaths of trainee soldiers following gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks in 1995 and were extensively covered in the media.