Inquests & Public Inquiries
Meredith regularly appears at inquests and this is an area of her practice she is keen to expand. She is regularly instructed by NHS Trusts, local authorities and private companies. Meredith has experience of inquests in which Article 2 is engaged and experience of inquests of a particularly sensitive nature including suicides or the deaths of children or infants.
Meredith has also been instructed on inquests in which there is a risk of a Prevention of Future Deaths Report and has experience of making both oral and written submissions on the same.
Meredith’s extensive personal injury practice means that she is well positioned to handle inquests where a claim has or may be brought in the future.
Meredith’s recent experience of inquests includes:
1) A four-day inquest representing an NHS trust following the death of a teenager by suicide following their discharge from in-patient mental health care. This inquest involved the added complexity that care was provided across two NHS Trusts;
2) A three-day inquest representing an NHS trust following the death of a baby from SIDS. This inquest involved the provision of written submissions concerning whether it was open to the coroner to find causation given the scientific research on SIDS;
3) A one-day inquest representing an NHS trust following the death from sepsis of a woman who had been discharged from hospital following surgery.
4) Various inquests involving highway authorities concerning whether defects in the road surface or the design of road systems were causally related to fatal traffic accidents.
Before joining chambers, Meredith was part of the legal team at the Infected Blood Inquiry – the largest public inquiry in UK history. She also worked on the appeal of a significant Coroner’s decision while working as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal.
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- Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2017)
- Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
- Oxford University Press Law Prize for highest graduating LLB student, University of York (2014)
- Fundamental dishonesty – the importance of ensuring that you’ve given sufficient notice and that your grounds go to dishonesty rather than incompetence
- Crown Office Chambers are delighted to welcome Meredith Daniel as our newest tenant, after successful completion of her pupillage
- BPTC, BPP Law School (2017)
- LLM, Distinction (1st in year), University of York (2015)
- LLB Law, First Class Honours with Distinction (1st in year), University of York (2011-2014)