Training & Knowledge: Inquests & Public Inquiries

27th Jan 2023News

The Relevance of Motive where there is Evidence of Foul Play Case Comment: R (on the application of Leeson) v HM Coroner for Manchester South, Donald McPherson, Scottish Widows & Others [2023] EWHC 62 (Admin)

Facts The facts of this unusual and unhappy case concerned the drowning of Ms Leeson in an indoor swimming pool in remote holiday accommodation in Denmark where she had been holidaying with her husband, Donald McPherson. The medical evidence showed that Ms Leeson had drowned but also identified blunt force injuries on her body. These […]

6th May 2015Articles

Exceptional Inquest Funding Left To Incoming Government

It may not be quite at the top of the in-tray for whoever is Prime Minister after Thursday, but exceptional inquest funding will need some attention after the voting is over. In February this year Joanna Letts successfully challenged the decision of the Legal Aid Agency not to grant her funding for representation at the […]

24th Oct 2017Newsletters

Inquests and Public Inquiries: Differences in Scope

In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy in which at least 80 people died the Prime Minister announced a judge led public inquiry into the circumstances of the fire. The decision to launch an inquiry was not universally welcomed. Some argued that an inquest rather than a judge lead public inquiry should investigate […]