ARDL Seminar – Public Inquiries and Inquests

Public Inquiries and Inquests

Thursday 16 June 2016


Speakers: Christina Lambert QC, Jenni Richards QC and Rachel Langdale QC

The Chair for the seminar is Vikram Sachdeva QC

Public Inquiries and Inquests are at the forefront of the legal and news agenda following the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and, more recently, the Hillsborough Inquests and the re-opening of the Inquest in the Birmingham pub bombings.

Against this backdrop, ARDL is delighted to welcome Christina Lambert QC, Jenni Richards QC and Rachel Langdale QC, all leading silks in this area of law to deliver the next in its regular seminar series.

Christina Lambert QC will focus on the Hillsborough Inquests. Christina was appointed by Lord Justice Goldring as lead counsel to the Hillsborough Inquests (2013 – 2016), leading a team of 7 counsel.  Before the inquests, she was lead counsel to both the Jimmy Savile Review and the Stuart Hall investigation.  Her wide-ranging practice encompasses inquiries, inquests, clinical negligence and regulatory and disciplinary work.

Jenni Richards QC will focus on the obligations of investigation and inquiry imposed on public bodies by the Human Rights Act (in particular by virtue of Articles 2 and 3 of the ECHR) and will examine the developing case-law in this area. Jenni has an extensive public law and regulatory practice acting for individuals, public bodies and public interest groups in all areas affected by public law, human rights and regulation. She appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Protection, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and before a range of tribunals. She was instructed by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.

Rachel Langdale QC will talk about her experience in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012).  Rachel has significant experience in public inquiries, the most recent being the ‘Mid-Staffordshire’ inquiry where she was instructed by the Trust.  The work at the Inquiry was extensive and involved analysis of the whole of the evidence, the calling of witnesses and the opening and closing submissions.  Rachel has acted in a number of childcare and healthcare inquiries, mainly surrounding the plight of children in care.

Eleanor Grey QC will chair the seminar.  Eleanor Grey took silk in 2011. She has a thorough understanding of public authorities, especially the health and social care sector, and of disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. Clients include the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Department of Health, the Professional Standards Authority and the General Medical Council, as well as numerous other public bodies. As a long-standing member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel prior to taking silk, she possesses great experience in the field of administrative and public law, including in areas such as mental health. She has also acted in cases involving vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection.

Eleanor has acted as senior Counsel in a number of major public inquiries, most recently acting for the former Healthcare Commission in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. She is currently chairing an independent review of paediatric cardiac services in Bristol. She has represented clients in high-profile and sensitive hearings such as the 8-day public hearing of Ian Brady’s application to the Mental Health Tribunal for discharge from hospital. She has developed extensive expertise in the law relating to freedom of information and data protection.

The presentations will be followed by questions and discussion. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion.

Time: Registration & tea/coffee – 5.30pm
Seminar: 6pm – 7.30pm
Refreshments- 7.30pm
Venue: Chambers of 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD


ARDL seminars qualify for CPD. Please remember to sign the relevant CPD sheets at the seminars.

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