Are the bereaved better served by Inquests or Public Inquiries in controversial death and disaster cases?


An interactive session for solicitors, caseworkers and counsel 

4pm to 6pm, 3 October 2019 – Garden Court North Chambers, Manchester


  • When is a public inquiry appropriate? Can you have both?
  • What is the difference between the two statutory regimes and jurisdictions?
  • The importance and impact of Article 2
  • ‘Interested Persons’ and ‘Core Participants’: What’s the difference?
  • Professional Chair plus optional panel and assessors, versus a Jury
  • Representation, advocacy, questioning and speeches
  • Disclosure and candour
  • Public Interest Immunity and Open Justice – Section 19 and ‘closed’ hearings
  • Anonymity of witnesses
  • Funding and the imperative of a collaborative approach in multi-fatality cases


The session will be led by Pete Weatherby QC, Anna Morris and Brenda Campbell QC, and other members of the GCN Inquests and Public Inquiries team:


Pete has appeared for families and survivors in a number of Public Inquiries, including Sonny Lodge, Grainger and Grenfell.  He has appeared for families and others at inquests for more than 25 years, including Middleton and Hillsborough.  Pete is a Trustee of INQUEST.

Anna is an Assistant Coroner and senior barrister who appears in complex inquests and civil claims often with human rights issues.  She represented bereaved Hillsborough families.

Brenda appeared for bereaved Hillsborough families and regularly appears in Northern Irish Article 2 legacy cases including the ongoing Ballymurphy inquests.  Brenda is currently instructed in the new Guildford Bombing inquests.


There will be drinks after the session.  Please RSVP to


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When: 03 Oct 2019
Where: Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA
Start time: 16:00
End time: 18:00

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