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Inquests and Inquiries: Advanced (afternoon session only)



13:30 - 17:15

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

Adam Straw and Daniel Machover

Level(s): Advanced

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 advanced course will provide a comprehensive update of all significant legal and practical developments about inquests, investigations, inquiries and related civil claims over the last 12 months, help practitioners to get involved with important future legal developments, and give guidance on the issues that may be confronted in more complex cases. It is aimed at those representing families of the deceased or victims of breaches of articles 2, 3 or 4 ECHR.

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

Inquests: One day course

Inquests: A practical approach


Topics include:

1. A review of all important recent domestic and ECtHR cases and other legal developments, and an analysis of their implications for investigations, inquests, inquiries and civil claims.  

2. Hot topics over the next 12 months.

3. Complex cases, such as those involving large disasters, terrorism, sensitive material, historical deaths or abuse, and deaths abroad or caused by those abroad.

4. Systemic or regulatory failure, and obtaining court orders requiring public authorities to take action to prevent future deaths.

5. Public law challenges, including to coronial, CPS or IPCC decisions, failure to investigate, and failure to ensure disciplinary or criminal proceedings take place.


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.


Daniel Machover- Hickman Rose Solicitors:  Daniel heads the firm's civil litigation department, which specialises in inquests, as well as public and private law actions against the police, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. He specialises in deaths in custody, representing bereaved families at inquests and is co-author of Inquests - A Practitioner's Guide 3rd Edition. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity INQUEST and writes regularly for the legal press including Legal Action in which he co-authors the regular column Recent Developments in Inquest Law. 

Relevant cases include the inquests into the deaths of Harry Stanley, Shahid Aziz, Godfrey Moyo and Sean Rigg and the public inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney, McCann and others v U.K. (1995) 21 EHRR 97 (in which Daniel co-authored Liberty's third party intervention at the European Court of Human Rights), R (Irene Stanley) v HM Coroner for Inner North London [2003] EWHC 1180 Admin, R (Graeme Reynolds) v IPCC [2008] EWCA Civ 1160 and R(E7) v Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry [2014] EWHC 452 (Admin).


Adam Straw- Doughty Street Chambers: Adam has recently acted in the inquests or inquiries into the deaths of Mark Duggan, Azelle Rodney, Anthony Grainger, Alexander Litvinenko, Alexander Perepilichnyy, and Hillsborough. He acts either for the family or the tribunal. He currently represents the family of Jermaine Baker who was fatally shot by the police, and Neville Lawrence in the pending public inquiry into undercover policing, and is leading counsel for the custodial investigations unit of the CSA inquiry. Adam has a particular expertise in public law cases relating to death, inquests and inquiries. For example, he acted for the claimants in the recent challenge to the unprecedented level of suicide at HMP Woodhill, and represented the family of Jean Charles de Menezes in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

He co-authored the 2014 book 'Inquests - a practitioner's guide', and wrote the section of the Emmerson and Simor Human Rights Practice encyclopedia about article 2 (the right to life). He was awarded the Chambers & Partners Human Rights & Public Law junior of the year 2014, and LAPG Young Legal Aid Barrister of the year in 2010.