Rare HSE prosecution of NHS trust over clinical failing
Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016
The team is consistently recognised for its public inquiry expertise, with over twenty five years of experience representing individuals, public figures and organisations in all the major inquiries.
Recently, we have acted for clients in Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry investigating the culture, practices and ethics of the press; the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry into the role of monitoring, supervisory and regulatory bodies in the failings of this NHS Trust; the Chilcott inquiry into the Iraq conflict, Lord Hutton’s inquiry investigating the death of Dr David Kelly and the Baha Mousa Inquiry into the mistreatment of detainees in Iraq.
Inquiries are set up to address significant public concern about major events, in order to learn the facts of what happened as well as lessons for the future. They are high profile, emotionally charged and the focus of intense media scrutiny. Appearing before one is a daunting experience, whether you are an individual, senior professional, public official, major corporation or public sector body.
We know that you will also have wider interests at stake, be they reputational, professional, commercial or financial, and we carefully help you chart a course which focuses on those concerns, alongside the immediate demands of the inquiry.
You will either be a witness or, what is known as a ‘core participant’ in an inquiry. You will be designated a core participant if you played a direct and significant role in the events under investigation, you have a significant interest in the events, or, if you may face significant or explicit criticism when the inquiry publishes its final report.
Being a core participant may mean that you face greater scrutiny, but you will have the advantage of being able to access all the evidence collected by the chairperson’s inquiry team to help you in your preparations. It is important that you know an inquiry chairperson cannot make you a core participant without your consent, and even if you are a core participant, you might not be called to given evidence.
We will work very closely with you to gain complete insight into your situation from the outset. The breadth of our expertise means that you can be confident that your interests are taken care of from the moment you instruct us, from communicating with the inquiry and assisting you prepare your evidence, to ensuring you are ready to appear at a hearing, and taking care of your reputation management needs.
Our public inquiry lawyers have acted – in particular, representing core participants and key witnesses – in the following major inquiries:
Led by Adam Chapman, Stephen Parkinson and Emily Carter, our expertise in public inquiries extends across the firm and includes members of our clinical negligence, disputes and criminal teams, allowing us to resource a substantial and truly experienced inquiry team.
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Sources praise the group's abilities in 'sensitive, high-profile, politically inflected work' and attest that 'what is really refreshing is their commitment to their clients and the care they take'...
Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013
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