Described by The Legal 500 as a “first port of call” for inquests and inquiries, Serjeants’ Inn is ranked as a tier one set, with ten members of our team individually ranked as leading barristers in this field. Our team of specialist counsel at all levels of call ensures that we have the breadth of experience to suit every client’s needs and budget.  

Whether acting in substantial and complex high profile Article 2 inquests, or in equally important half day inquests helping a family understand how their loved one died, we cover all aspects of coronial law. Members advise and represent bereaved families, individuals, statutory bodies and corporate entities in cases covering a vast range of factual scenarios. That the team includes two members who are also Assistant Coroners allows for a helpful shared understanding of the experience from the other side of the bench. 

Our members regularly act pro bono, particularly for bereaved families through the Bar Pro Bono Unit and other charitable organisations. Whilst those team members with public access accreditation also accept instructions directly from lay clients.

As well as hosting the UK Inquest Law Blog, the specialist Inquest Law Reports are edited by two of our barristers Bridget Dolan QC and Briony Ballard. The Medical Law Reports are also written and edited by a team from Chambers led by Angus Moon QC.

In addition to appearing in Coroners Courts, our members appear regularly in judicial review proceedings arising from inquests in the High Court (recent examples include Tainton, Chambers, Shafi, and Pereplichnaya) and are often instructed as ‘Counsel to the Inquest’ by Coroners – most recently in the two fresh inquests into the deaths of soldiers at Deepcut Barracks in 1995.


Barristers from Serjeants’ Inn have appeared in many of the recent lengthy headline grabbing inquests including:


As well as our regular and very popular Legal Update Seminars our inquest team are always happy to provide training for lawyers and staff from public bodies (such as the police and health & social care professionals) and others on all aspects of coronial law.



Our Inquest & Inquiries team provides a 24 hour service, 365 days a year to arrange for urgent advice and representation on applications including injunctions. For more details about our emergency service please click here.