4-5 has a high level of expertise in relation to inquests and public inquiries. Our members have acted in a number of high-profile inquests and inquiries at all levels, right up to chairing inquiries.

Members have experience acting for bereaved families and interested persons in inquests, and understand the differing needs and levels of care required in representation of all participants. Our members have acted in inquests at all levels – from short inquests into the death of an individual right up to some of the highest profile inquests of the last two decades.

We also currently have members of Chambers acting in some of the highest profile public inquiries of recent times, both for core participants and as Counsel to the Inquiry.

The work undertaken by members of chambers spans the entire range of preparation and advocacy – from research and analysis at the earliest stages right through to drafting and oral advocacy at the hearings stages.

Members of Chambers are well aware of the unique challenges presented by inquests and public inquiries and are dedicated to ensuring that their work is of the highest standard.

In addition, members are regularly called upon to present seminars and lectures on the topics of public inquiries and inquests, full details of which are published through the website as they occur.


Notable Public Inquiries and Inquests include:

  • The Grenfell Inquiry,
  • The Dobbs Inquiry
  • The Undercover Policing Inquiry
  • The Post Office Inquiry
  • The Brook House Inquiry
  • The HIV Haemophilia Group litigation
  • The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry into the abuse of children
  • The Hillsborough Inquest
  • The Inquest into the Terror Attacks at the Fishmongers’ Hall in November 2019
  • Independent Inquiry relating to Afghanistan
  • UK COVID-19 Inquiry
  • Infected Blood Inquiry