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Jack Murphy

Call 2013

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Jack has extensive inquest experience, having undertaken a 3 month full time secondment to Capsticks Solicitors LLP, where he conducted and appeared at inquests on behalf of NHS Trusts. He regularly appears at both Pre-inquest Review and Inquest hearings, both with and without juries. He has been instructed by a range of national and international healthcare providers, as well as by families of the deceased and non-professional interested persons. He has particular expertise in respect of deaths in the health and social care sphere. Much of his work has involved public bodies, and he is used to dealing with cases involving organisations such as police forces, prisons and NHS trusts, the engagement of Article 2 ECtHR, and the need for a jury.

Selected Cases

Recent work has included:

  • Drafting written submissions in a case involving a suspicious death on the issue of scope and the bar against the inclusion within the ambit of the inquiry of matters which are no more than speculative in light of R (Speck) V HM Coroner for the District of York [2016] EWHC 6 (Admin).
  • Appearing as sole counsel in 3 day jury inquest on behalf of an international care provider.
  • Appearing as sole counsel for the London Ambulance Service in a 4 week jury inquest involving the death in custody of a foreign national facing extradition.
  • Appearing as sole counsel for the London Ambulance Service in a 2 day inquest concerning, inter alia, the policy on referrals to hospital from domestic care.
  • Successfully appearing on behalf of the family in an inquest concerning the death of a woman in a fire caused by the spontaneous combustion of her BEKO tumble dryer. This case attracted significant media coverage –
  • Appearing as sole counsel on behalf of a national care home provider in a multi-party inquest involving an unexplained orthopaedic injury.
  • Appearing as sole counsel on behalf of BUPA in a 2 day inquest.
  • Drafting legal submissions and appearing before the Chief Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull in an application concerning the applicability of Article 2 and the need for a jury in cases where a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding Order has been applied for but not granted prior to death.
  • Drafting legal submissions in support of an anonymity application on behalf of an interested person, where that person was deemed to lack capacity and was implicated in the death of two individuals.
  • Appearing as sole counsel on behalf of both an NHS hospital Trust and an ambulance service in a complex two day inquest involving concerns over proper drug administration and emergency call handling.
  • Acting as a McKenzie Friend on behalf of an interested person in the Tunisia Inquests.
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  • Lincoln’s Inn Denning, Bowen & Hardwicke Scholarships
  • BPTC, City Law School
  • GDL, City University
  • BA Hons (Oxon)

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