Being involved in a public inquiry or other major investigation can impose a heavy burden on an organisation and on the individuals within it. Whether you are a core participant or a witness there will be understandable concern to protect your reputation and interests. The challenges of disclosure can also be significant and time-consuming. Individuals will have concerns about their own evidence and the expectations placed upon them.

Our lawyers have significant experience in representing clients in public inquiries and other investigations. This experience runs across the firm including our clinical law, public law and litigation teams. This means that we are able to quickly mobilise a team with real practical experience of both inquiries and your area of work.  

We have worked on many of the most high-profile and significant public inquiries in recent years. For example, acting for the London Ambulance Service at the Grenfell Tower public inquiry, an individual at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and are currently assisting Greater Manchester Police on the Manchester Arena public inquiry.

How can Capsticks help?

  • Preparation for inquiry

    We have been closely involved in establishing statutory public inquiries and other major investigations. We can advise you on the implications of the terms of reference and on any possible application for core participant status. In our experience it is crucial to get ahead of the process, in particular in relation to disclosure obligations. We are used to dealing with inquiries (and high profile inquests/investigations) which raise national security issues and we have appropriately vetted lawyers who can assist. We will work closely with you at this early stage to ensure the proposed representation meets your needs and budgetary requirements.

  • Reputation management

    Almost every public inquiry or major investigation will attract significant media interest. Our lawyers have experience of working on high-profile inquiries such as the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press and the non-statutory investigations into Jimmy Savile. When we are assisting you in the preparation of your evidence and ensuring that you are fully prepared to give evidence, we will always keep in mind the impact on the reputation both of organisations and individuals.

  • Handling related proceedings

    A feature of public inquiries is that they tend to involve related proceedings, whether during the course of the inquiry itself or in the aftermath of the inquiry’s report. Across the firm we have teams who can assist with those proceedings—for example our specialists in health and safety or clinical negligence work—and their expertise can also be called upon during the inquiry itself.

  • Representation at the hearing

    Giving evidence at a public inquiry can seem a daunting prospect. We will ensure that you are fully prepared to make the process as straightforward as possible. We will also advise on the most effective way for the organisation to participate in the inquiry.

  • Advising on final report

    If necessary we will advise you on potential criticisms in the draft inquiry report. We have a track record of successfully making representations which have resulted in changes between the draft and the final version. After the report has been published we will advise on any necessary follow-up action to give effect to the report’s recommendations.

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