Inquiries

Inquiries & Investigations

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has long experience of appearing in public and private inquiries, both as counsel to the Inquiry and acting for participants in inquiries.

Our experience

Inquiries

Our barristers have been instructed in the most high-profile domestic inquiries, including:

  • the Jay inquiry
  • the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry
  • the Grenfell Tower inquiry
  • the Chilcot inquiry
  • the Rosemary Nelson inquiry
  • the Al-Sweady inquiry
  • the Leveson inquiry
  • the Hillsborough inquiry
  • the Hutton inquiry
  • the Bloody Sunday inquiry
  • the Bristol Royal Infirmary inquiry
  • the Ayling and Kerr-Haslam private inquiries
  • the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust inquiry
  • the Soham Inquiry
  • The Commission of Enquiry into the failure of CL Financial Limited, Colonial Life Insurance Company (Trinidad) Limited, CLICO Investment Bank Limited, British American Insurance Company (Trinidad) Limited, Caribbean Money Market Brokers L limited and the Hindu Credit Union Co-Operative Society Limited

We have represented clients in many inquiries in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

Our barristers have represented clients in litigation arising out of inquiries, including:

  • Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Scholes v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Inquests

We have extensive experience of inquests, both representing parties in high-profile inquests such as that into the death of Harold Shipman, the Deepcut Inquest and the Hillsborough Inquest as well acting in litigation about the scope of inquests, such as R (Lewis) v HM Coroner and Secretary of State for Justice.

Planning and environmental inquiries

Our barristers regularly appear at planning and environmental inquiries, hearings and examinations. These include all types of planning appeal, including retail, housing, waste, energy, Planning Act development consents and enforcement, environmental permitting appeals and water resources management plan inquiries.

We have promoted development plan documents through the examination process. Examples include acting in the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station Development Consent Order Application inquiry and the Camden Town Station Redevelopment public inquiry.

Legislation

We act in hybrid and private bill proceedings, including numerous instructions on the Crossrail bill.

Who to contact

Sheraton Doyle

Sheraton Doyle is the Senior Practice Manager for the Inquiries & Investigations team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1144


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 2002

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Steven Kovats QC

Steven Kovats QC

Call: 1989 Silk: 2010

Eleanor Grey QC

Eleanor Grey QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey
Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

The Rt. Hon. Lord  Dyson

The Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson

Call: 1968 Silk: 1982

Vincent Nelson QC

Vincent Nelson QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2001

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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