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The leading regional team in the South West, ranked in Tier 1 of the Legal 500, with experience from silk down to junior tenants. We act for the full range of interested persons across the public and private sectors, with great depth at all levels of experience.

Our stages of advice includes early contact with the coroner and issues of disclosure, representation at pre-inquest reviews and advocacy at inquests both with and without juries. Our early involvement can ensure effective legal arguments being raised in relation to whether or not a jury is required, whether the provisions of Article 2 are engaged, and other legal matters which will have a significant effect on the inquest proceedings.

We are also able to advise on routes of appeal following inquests.

Members of the team have experience representing many different parties, including:

  • Family of the deceased
  • Primary Care Trusts
  • Mental Health NHS Trusts
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Fire and Ambulance services
  • Police authorities and individual officers, (through the Police Federation)
  • Prisons, prison authorities, National Offender Management Service

The team has experience of inquests where unlawful killing verdicts are considered, including those cases where the evidence of medical experts such as neurologists and pathologists is rigorously tested. We also regularly assist Trusts to avoid Coroners’ reports under Rule 43/Preventing Future Deaths by demonstrating that procedural changes have been implemented.

The breadth of experience within the team is further exemplified by the cases cited on individual profiles.

Some members of Albion Chambers are licensed to undertake work under the direct Public Access Scheme. Please see a list of public access barristers and more about our public access services.

Under public access, members of the inquest team provide a flexible service. In some cases we have provided full representation at inquest, and in others we have given advice and legal support to family members who wish to represent themselves.

Our Inquest team clerks are our Chambers Director, Nick Jeanes and Ken Duthie who are always happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable member of the team for each individual case.

Continuing education, internal and external, is important to us. We run programmes of seminars, together with in-house training sessions and are accredited CPD providers. Please contact our Chambers’ Director, Nick Jeanes for further information.

‘Albion Chambers is a very good set. In terms of Inquests, I have taken part in training that has been offered by them and this was very good. The number of barristers who practice in this area is small, but those who do are very good.’ Legal 500 2024
'An impressive set. Everyone I’ve dealt with has been very well prepared, personable and effective.’ ‘The set has great depth at all levels of experience.’ Legal 500 2023
'A lot of strength and depth' ‘Impressive, providing seamless support.’ ‘Excellent clerking – will always go the extra mile to help.’ Legal 500 2022