Inquests & Public Inquiries
Gudrun is regularly instructed in coronial proceedings for both individuals and companies. She is a member of the Coroners’ Inquests and Public Inquiries team in chambers and provides advice and representation in relation to these areas. Her recent experience includes representing the family of a patient who died in hospital in which a finding of neglect was made in relation to the sub-standard treatment he had received, a death in custody, and a high profile case involving a man who had committed suicide following significant failures in his psychiatric care.
Gudrun is currently instructed on behalf of several care homes regarding deaths of elderly patients.
Inquest into the death of Abigail Elson
Currently instructed in ongoing inquest proceedings on behalf of superbike racer Sean Emmett in the inquest of his wife Abigail Elson, who fell to her death from a hotel room in Dubai when they were returning from their honeymoon in 2014.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash
Currently instructed to represent the family of Jonathan Udall, who along with his new wife and 3 of their friends was killed in a helicopter crash over the Grand Canyon whilst on honeymoon in February 2018.
Inquest touching upon the death of Una Davies (2020)
Gudrun represented the care home where Una Davies was an elderly patient with kidney disease. She died of kidney failure following a fall from her wheelchair whilst unaccompanied in her room after which members of staff had lifted her onto her bed. She sustained a number of broken bones and other injuries during the incident as a result of which she was unable to receive dialysis treatment leading to her death. The Coroner found that the actions of the care home had not caused or contributed to her death.
Inquest touching upon the death of VH (2020)
Gudrun represented a Consultant General Surgeon who was involved with the care of a 54 year old woman who died in hospital of bowel obstruction following a catalogue of missed opportunities to diagnose and treat the problem. The inquest was originally opened in 2012 but then adjourned following a consideration by the CPS as to whether or not to bring charges of gross negligent manslaughter against some of the doctors.