In this blog Cressida Mawdesley-Thomas considers the decision of the High Court in HM Senior Coroner for West Sussex v Chief Constable of Sussex Police & Ors  EWHC. This case arises out of the Shoreham air show disaster where 11 people were killed and 13 injured after a Hawker Hunter crashed onto the A27 … Continue reading Disclosure of Protected Evidence Denied in Inquest following Shoreham airshow disaster
New guidelines for legal professionals practising within the Coroners’ Courts have been published by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and CILEx Regulation. The new guidelines were introduced in response to concerns, particularly about the adversarial approach adopted by some lawyers. The key takeaways are summarised below.
In this blog Edward Ramsay and David Sharpe QC discuss the landmark appeal to the Supreme Court (‘UKSC’) which considered the appropriate standard of proof to be applied when determining coronial conclusions of suicide (and unlawful killing). By a majority, the UKSC dismissed the appeal, holding that the standard of proof for all conclusions at an inquest is the balance of probabilities.