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Matthew Turner

Call 2018

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Matthew is currently instructed by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, assisting with the preparation of evidence on undercover deployments between 1983 and 1992.

He also has experience of civil claims against the police.

Matthew regularly represents both families and other interested persons (including, for example, NHS Trusts and care homes) at inquests. He also advises on civil proceedings arising out of inquests. He is well-placed to receive instructions relating to deaths arising from Covid-19.

Selected Cases

  • Representing the family of an elderly patient who died from a traumatic penile injury suffered when his indwelling catheter was accidentally pulled when his hospital bed was moved;
  • Representing an NHS Trust where a young boy with autism and Prader Willi syndrome (PWS) died after falling off a cliff during the first national lockdown due to Covid-19;
  • Representing an NHS Trust where a six-month-old baby died shortly after attending A&E due to undiagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM);
  • Representing two NHS Trusts where a middle-aged man died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) following a very unusual presentation of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) with no swelling around the calf;
  • Representing a care home where a resident died due to a fall following a dispensing error by the pharmacy supplying the care home;
  • Representing the driver of a car where an elderly lady died after being run over by a lorry which proceeded across a pelican crossing in the adjacent lane;
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  • Maxwell Law Prize (2014) – top graduating law student
  • JD & Elizabeth Marsden Prize (2014) – outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement
  • Clyde & Co Prize in EU/EC Trade Law (2012) – best performing student in EU law




  • Bar Transfer Test, BPP Law School (2018)
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School (2015), Distinction
  • LLB (Hons) Law with American Law, University of Nottingham (2010 – 2014), First Class with Distinction in American Law (top graduating student)


  • PIBA
  • BHRC

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