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Inquests: A practical approach (morning session only)



09:15 - 13:00

Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard

Fiona Murphy and Kate Maynard

Level(s): Introductory/Intermediate

3 Hours CPD

Commercial rate: £115 + VAT - commercial organisations including barristers and solicitors in private practice.

Standard rate: £105 + VAT - statutory and not for profit organisations.

This course will provide a valuable overview of the law and procedure of the coroner's court and will inform those representing bereaved families how to achieve the best from the process. The key provisions of the Coroner's and Justice Act 2009 and the 2013 Coroners Rules will be covered.

If you wish to attend the one day course or afternoon session only, please click the relevant course title below to be taken to the correct booking page:

Inquests: One day course

Inquests and Inquiries: Advanced



Topics include:

1. Public funding and the inter relationship with civil claims for damages.

2. The particular features of representing bereaved families.

3. The investigation processes that will precede a custodial death inquest including tips as to how best to engage with those processes.

4. Pre-Inquest Review hearings: scope, Article 2 submissions, issues, disclosure and evidence.

5. The role of expert evidence in the coroners' court

6. What to expect at the inquest hearing

7. Conclusions and Preventing Future Death Reports (PFDs).


Aims and Objectives

1. This course is aimed at those who are new to this area of practice or who wish to develop their knowledge.

2.The aim is to ensure that those attending the course have a practical toolkit for each of the major stages of the investigation and inquest.

3. Pitfalls and tactics will be identified and discussed.

4. Attendees will acquire an overview of the Coroners Act 2009 and Coroners Rules 2013


Course Materials/Resources

Lecture format. Case studies and question and answer sessions enable delegates to explore this area of law.  Comprehensive course handouts will be distributed to all delegates.


Fiona Murphy is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in claims against the police and other detaining authorities, inquests and related public law work.

Her notable cases include the Anthony Grainger Inquiry, the Hillsborough Inquests and R (Green) v Independent Police Complaints Commission (finding of irrationality in failure to conclude there was a case to answer for police misconduct). She is currently instructed in theUndercover Policing Inquiryand on behalf of the family of Dalian Atkinson.


Kate Maynard- Hickman Rose Solicitors: Specialist in private and public law claims relating to the criminal justice system. Acts for a number of prisoners in claims against the Ministry of Justice, for protesters and others in actions against the police, and victims of crime who have been failed by the police and criminal justice system.

She also represents bereaved families at inquests into deaths in custody, including deaths involving police restraint and following the use of force, prison murders and self inflicted deaths and deaths in immigration custody. Her international work includes assisting victims of torture and war crimes to pursue the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators both in the UK and elsewhere. She is experienced in multi party litigation against the state.