Inquests & Public Inquiries
Paul has developed a strong practice in Coroners’ inquests, particularly those concerning deaths of children and deaths in custody. His experience includes representing individual medical professionals and medical practices who find themselves identified as interested persons, as well as families of the deceased. Paul’s experience extends to Coroner’s inquests and public inquiries that engage a range of health and safety legislation and regulation, including food standards and building regulations.
Whether making submissions to a coroner as to the proper scope of an inquest, or putting questions to witnesses, including expert witnesses, Paul’s professional, but personable and considerate manner enables him to effectively represent the varying concerns of a range of different clients.
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Paul is currently instructed to act on behalf of one of the Core Participants of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Inquest into the death of NEL
Paul represented a junior doctor in a case concerning the death of a fifteen-year-old girl from anaphylaxis brought about as a result of eating a Pret a Manger baguette that, unbeknownst to her, contained sesame seeds. Paul’s client, who attended to NEL whilst she was suffering anaphylactic shock on board a British Airways flight to Nice, was praised during the Coroner’s summing up for having acted admirably. Paul was instructed by Radcliffes Le Brasseur and the Medical Protection Society.
Inquest into the death of TM
Paul represented a primary care practice in a case concerning the death of a fourteen-year-old girl from a severe asthma attack. Paul successfully resisted submissions by Queens’ Counsel acting for the family of the deceased, inviting a finding of neglect. The Coroner for South Tyneside gave a brief narrative verdict. Paul was instructed by the Medical Defence Union.