Inquests & Public Inquiries
Mark regularly attends inquests on behalf of all properly interested parties including families, NHS Trusts, surgeons, insurers and employers.
He has particular experience in relation to deaths occurring in hospital and in custody. He has detailed knowledge of the systems and procedures operated in hospitals and prisons and the health care arrangements pertaining to both organisations.
Mark has been involved in several inquests involving the implications of surgical procedures and the consequences of the MRSA virus.
He has experience of appearing before juries at inquests and has a particular interest in the issue of neglect arising from the lack of appropriate medical treatment.
Mark has considerable experience in dealing with article 2/ ‘Middleton’ inquests and the scope of the inquiry to be undertaken to satisfy the requirements of the Human Rights Act.
He was instructed by the family of Yvonne Simmons who died as a result of a hernia which was not appropriately treated. An urgent referral to an upper gastro-intestinal surgeon had been identified as being necessary but did not occur. A jury returned a verdict of accidental death contributed to by neglect.
He has been instructed to represent private and NHS hospitals in relation to deaths occurring following procedures such as heart transplant surgery, hip and other orthopaedic operations. He has experience in dealing with the consequences of deep vein thrombosis and the precautions necessary to avert such a risk.
He was instructed by an insurer in the inquest into the death of Bernard Rayner who died as a result of a serious road traffic accident whilst riding his motorbike.
He recently acted for a primary care trust in the inquest into the death of James Yarnell. This article 2 inquest involved a prisoner who had received an overdose of oral chemotherapy drugs following his attendance at hospital. Mark represented the PCT which provided health care services in the prison. A jury heard four weeks of evidence relating to the systems in place for the prescribing, dispensing, storage and control of oral chemotherapy drugs. The inquest involved extensive submissions in relation to the scope of the inquiry, the evidence to be presented to the jury and the potential verdicts to be returned.
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- MA (Cantab)
- LLM (Cantab)