Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

London: 020 7520 6000 | chambers@18rlc.co.uk

East Anglia: 01245 280 880


Red Lion Chambers has outstanding expertise conducting hearings before the Coroners’ courts. Our members have advised and participated in some of the most high-profile inquests in the country, including the Home Office’s investigation into the 56 deaths (7/7 bombings) that took place on 7th July 2005.

Many of our professional clients find that our advocacy skills, which have been honed in the adversarial format of criminal courts, are easily transferable to an inquisitorial format.

Furthermore, when a lay client is likely to be the subject of an ensuing criminal trial, there is a distinct advantage to be gained by instructing the same counsel throughout.


Inquest work

Our work ranges from workplace deaths, road traffic accidents, hospital and care home deaths, deaths in custody, and multi-death inquests such as the 7/7 inquest. Members also help conduct judicial review work and lecture on Article 2 related topics.

Parties involved in inquests vary and they can include family members of the deceased, individuals involved in the ‘incident’, the Prison Service, the Home Office, and other Government departments.
Notable cases include:

  • Instructed by the Home Office to lead the team for the Metropolitan Police at the 2010-2011 Inquest into the 56 deaths on 7th July 2005, before Lady Justice Hallett. (Max Hill QC)
  • Advised and represented a number of the families of victims at the same Inquest. (Janine Sheff)
  • Represented a civilian Met Police employee facing disciplinary action in relation to the response of the emergency services to an emergency call. (Guy Bowden)
  • Appeared in a number of inquests on behalf of the Home Office in death-in-custody cases; in addition, he has regularly represented motorists who have caused fatalities, as well as the families of the victims. He has also been involved in inquests relating to health and safety at work and deaths in care homes/hospitals.(Gerard Pounder)
  • Instructed in cases relating to industrial accidents, for the deceased’s estate, the insurers of the relevant employer and third parties such as the Police (Tom Forster)
  • Represented prison governor during inquest lasting 4 weeks. (Guy Bowden)




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020 7520 6000

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DX: 478 London / Chancery Lane

East Anglia

01245 280 880

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102 New London Rd


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