5 Essex Court

Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Inquests

Jonathan is regularly instructed on behalf of public bodies, organisations and bereaved families in inquests. In 2020 he was appointed to the part-time position of Assistant Coroner for Northamptonshire. He also acts on behalf of Coroners. He represented the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the Inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005, the St John Ambulance in the Inquests into the deaths arising from the Hillsborough Stadium disaster and the Coroner in the Tunisia Inquests. Jonathan regularly appears on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in contentious Article 2 inquests arising from deaths in custody. He is an Associate member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

Recent or significant cases include:

Inquest touching the death of Keith Abbott - instructed on behalf of HM Senior Coroner for Cumbria as Counsel to the Inquest in a two-week inquest before a jury. Mr Abbott died following a serious sexual assault whilst detained at HMP Haverigg.

Inquest touching the death of Osvaldas Pagirys - three-week Article 2 inquest concerning the self-inflicted death of a prisoner at HMP Wandsworth. Instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Inquest touching the death of Lewis Skelton - acting on behalf of the Chief Constable of Humberside in an inquest following a police shooting.

The Tunisia Inquests - instructed on behalf of the Coroner, HHJ Nicholas Loraine-Smith as Counsel to the Inquests in the inquests concerning the deaths of 30 British nationals who were killed in an attack in Sousse, Tunisia on 26th June 2015 (led by Samantha Leek QC).

R (Heinonen & Sawko) v Coroner for Inner South District, Greater London [2017] EWHC 1803 (Admin) - acted on behalf of the Coroner in a judicial review of a decision not to order further investigations into a death.

Inquest touching the death of Jonathan Zucker - instructed on behalf of the family of Mr Zucker, the well-known author.

Inquest touching the death of Daniel Dunkley - acted on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in one of a number of inquests concerning deaths at HMP Woodhill.

Inquests into the deaths arising from the Hillsborough Stadium disaster - instructed on behalf of the St John Ambulance (led by Anne Studd QC).

Inquest into the death of Dr Abbas Khan - instructed as junior counsel to HM Chief Coroner (led by Samantha Leek QC) in the inquest arising from the death of a British doctor detained in Syria.