5 Essex Court

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Inquests

Mark has extensive and wide-ranging inquest experience. He regularly appears in Article 2 inquests before juries on behalf of Chief Constables, care homes, care agencies, insurers and individual clinicians.

He is sought after by clients for his proactive, hands-on approach and reassuring manner with witnesses. He provides early advices as to the risks of coronial proceedings and how best to manage the inquest process.

Re Douglas Oak (Dec’d) (representing Dorset Police) – an Article 2 jury inquest following the death of a man suffering from Acute Behavioural Disorder, which is examining the response of the police and ambulance service.

Re Suleyman Yalcin (Dec’d) (representing the Metropolitan Police) – an Article 2 jury inquest following the death of a pedestrian following a collision with a police van travelling on an emergency response.

Re Ryan Mason (Dec’d) (representing a care and housing charity) – an Article 2 jury inquest following the death of a young man suffering from epilepsy. Includes issues of correct deployment of assistive technology within a care environment.

Re Maylyn Couperthwaite (Dec’d) (representing Greater Manchester Poice) – an Article 2 jury inquest following the killing of Miss Couperthwaite by her neighbour, which examined the management and assessment of risk posed by the neighbour.

Re Jane Penny (Dec’d) (representing the London Borough of Southwark) - inquest following a death in a fire in local authority housing.

Re Shola Abiona (Dec’d) (representing a carer) – inquest following the death of a young man suffering severe disabilities who died when his tracheostomy became dislodged and was not reinserted. Included detailed examination of issues surrounding tracheostomy care.

Re Louisa Mendes (Dec’d) (representing Warwickshire Police) – an Article 2 jury  inquest following a 12-hour delay to dispatch police resources to a vulnerable woman who had alleged she was being assaulted. Led by Anne Studd QC.

Re Harbhajan Kaur (Dec’d) (representing the City of London Police)  – a jury inquest following the collision of a police motorcycle with a member of the public.

Re Chi Van Nguyen (Dec’d) (representing Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis) – inquest following a chase of suspect by police officers.

Re Simon Burgess (Dec’d) (representing Hampshire Constabulary) – a jury inquest following a rescue/recovery operation of a collapsed man in boating lake, particularly addressing issues of primacy between the emergency services.

Re Benjamin Tate (Dec'd) (representing West Mercia Constabulary) – an Article 2 jury inquest following the death of a Royal Marine whilst receiving specialised motorcycle training at high-speeds.