5 Essex Court

Samantha Leek QC

Call 1993
Silk 2012


Sam is rated as a 'Band 1' Silk in Inquests and Public Inquiries in Chambers UK. She represents individuals, Police Forces, private and public companies, coroners, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and other government departments and agencies. She frequently gives lectures to solicitors, clients, police and coroners on the conduct of inquests; appeared on Radio 4’s “Unreliable Evidence” to discuss inquests and was the Times “Lawyer of the Week” following her role as Counsel to the Tunisia Inquests. In addition to advising coroners in relation to law, practice and procedures, notable cases include:

Inquests into the deaths of the victims of the Fishmongers’ Hall Terrorist Attack

The Grenfell Inquiry – on behalf of the Buildings Research Establishment

Numerous strands of IICSA - including Lambeth (for the MPS) ; Residential Schools (for Clifton College); Child Sexual Exploitation (for Warwickshire Police); Lord Janner (for Leicestershire Police).

Westminster Bridge and London Bridge / Borough Market terrorist attacks – Representing the Government in the forthcoming inquests. 

Birmingham Pub Bombings – Acting on behalf of the government in the inquests (and related judicial review proceedings) into the deaths of those killed in the Birmingham Pub Bombings in 1974.

Barwell - Representing Serco in the inquest into the death of Lorraine Barwell, a Serco employee who was killed by a prisoner whilst on duty.   This also involves related Health and Safety and Civil Proceedings. 

Tunisia Shootings Inquests - Appointed as Counsel to the inquests by HHJ Loraine-Smith.

Inquest into the death of Bijan Ebrahimi -  Instructed as counsel for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset for the inquest and civil proceedings arising out of the death of Bijan Ebrahimi, who was murdered by neighbours who wrongly thought him to be a paedophile.

Hillsborough - Represented Operation Resolve, appointed by the Home Office to investigate all criminal aspects of the Hillsborough disaster, including Health and Safety issues under the Health and Safety at Work Act and potential criminal responsibility of the ambulance service and local authority.   There was ongoing liaison throughout the inquest process with HSE, IPCC and CPS. 

Inquest into the death of Dr Abbas Khan - Counsel to HM Chief Coroner in the inquest arising from the death of a British doctor detained in Syria.

Inquest into the death of Mark Duggan - Mark Duggan was shot by officers from the MPS in August 2012.  His death sparked riots in London and elsewhere.  In the inquest into his death Sam represented the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which had provided to the MPS the intelligence upon which their surveillance operation was based.

Inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson -  Represented the Metropolitan Police Service in the inquest (and related civil litigation) into the death of Ian Tomlinson, who died shortly after being pushed over by an MPS officer, during the G20 riots.

Inquest into the death of Terry Nicholas - Counsel for the 3 Metropolitan Police Service ‘Specialist Firearms Officers’ who discharged firearms and fatally wounded Terry Nicholas.

Inquest into the death of Simon Murden - Counsel for the Chief Constable of Humberside in the seven-week inquest into the shooting of Simon Murden.

Inquest into the death of Stephen Brown -  Acted on behalf of Serco Home Affairs in the four-week inquest into the death of Stephen Brown who died of septicaemia whilst in Doncaster Prison. The inquest centred on alleged failures in healthcare at the prison.

Inquests into the deaths of David Christie / Paul Macaulay - Acted on behalf of the Ministry of Defence in the inquests into the deaths of members of the Royal Navy, who died whilst undergoing training to be Navy divers.