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16 Oct 20 Back to Listing

Members of Chambers appear at the first hearing of the Fishmongers’ Hall Inquests

The Chief Coroner for England and Wales, HHJ Lucraft QC, today held the first hearing of the Inquests into the deaths of Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt, who were killed at Fishmongers' Hall in the City of London on 29 November 2019. The attacker, Usman Khan, was shot dead by police officers on London Bridge​. This was a Pre-Inquest Review, held at the Central Criminal Court. The Chief Coroner reserved his decision on the issues raised. The Inquests themselves will also take place at the Central Criminal Court, and are due to commence on 12th April 2021, with a time estimate of 6-7 weeks.

Members of Chambers are instructed in the Inquests as follows:

  • Aaron Moss is instructed as junior counsel to the Inquests.
  • Samantha Leek QC and Francesca Whitelaw are instructed by the Secretary of State for the Home Department and Secretary of State for Justice.
  • Fiona Barton QC is instructed on behalf of the Commissioner of the City of London Police.
  • Jason Beer QC is instructed on behalf of the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police