Family Law Inquiry and Inquests

4PB has significant expertise in Inquests and Inquiries. In recent years, members have appeared in many of the leading family law inquiry and inquests, including, the Hillsborough Inquest, the Inquest into the death of Ellie Butler and various strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

4PB’s expert barristers provide:

  • Early advice on strategy
  • Assistance with all ‘pre-hearing’ issues, including managing significant disclosure exercises
  • Representation at family law inquiry and inquests

Members have appeared in the following inquests and inquiries in recent years:

IICSA: Lambeth Council
Alex Verdan QC, Cleo Perry QC and Andrew Powell represented LB Lambeth

IICSA: Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks
Jane Rayson and Charlotte Baker represented Bristol City Council
Cleo Perry QC, Andrew Powell and Harry Langford represented LB Tower Hamlets

IICSA: Accountability and Reparations
Cleo Perry QC represented LB Tower Hamlets

IICSA: Residential Schools
Jane Rayson represented Bristol City Council

IICSA: Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings
Cleo Perry QC represented LB Tower Hamlets

IICSA: Institutional Responses to Allegations Concerning Lord Janner
Alex Verdan QC, Sam King QC, Michael Edwards and Pippa Sanger represented Leicestershire County Council

Ellie Butler Inquest
Alex Verdan QC and Michael Edwards represented LB Sutton

Hillsborough Inquest
Professor Jo Delahunty QC acted on behalf of 75 families

Isle of Man Commission of Inquiry into the Care of Young People
Alex Verdan QC was Counsel to the Inquiry; Ceri White acted as his junior

Victoria Climbié Inquiry
Alex Verdan QC represented LB Enfield

Assistant Coroner, Mid Kent and Medway 2010–12, Hertfordshire 2011–14
Alison Grief QC