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Rory Holmes

Call 2009

"He has a first-rate mind, pays great attention to detail and produces first-rate drafting. He is in a class of his own when it comes to difficult multiparty negotiations."
(Chambers & Partners)

Inquests

Rory has an established practice in the Coroner’s Court which dovetails with his practice in other areas.

He is frequently instructed on behalf of a variety of interested persons including families, companies, local authorities, and insurers. He has experience of a range of coronial proceedings, including Article 2 inquests and those where a jury is called.

He has experience of inquests involving complex issues across a wide range of areas such as transport, highways, medical and social care. He is often instructed at the outset of a case, where his involvement runs from the initial stages to the final hearing.

Examples of Rory’s work include:

  • (2024) – Inquest touching upon death of security contractor on board commercial vessel who died following drone strike from Yemen
  • (2024) – Inquest touching upon death following ‘thrill speed boat’ accident.
  • (2023) – Inquest touching upon death following house fire where adequacy of housing associations inspection regime was in issue
  • (2023) – Inquest touching upon care home death following unwitnessed fall
  • (2022) – Inquest touching upon suicide of voluntary patient recently discharged from mental health services. RH acted for the family of the Deceased.
  • (2021) – Article 2 Inquest touching upon suicide of patient under care of mental health services. RH acted for the family of the Deceased.
  • (2021) – Inquest touching upon death of patient following embolic stroke where central venous line was disconnected in unknown circumstances.
  • (2021) – Inquest touching upon care home death following unwitnessed fall. Inquest dealt with issues surrounding training of agency workers.
  • (2020) – Inquest touching upon issues relating to pressure sore management of geriatric patient at hospital and care home.
  • (2018) – Article 2 Inquest with Jury touching upon supervision within residential home of an epileptic resident with learning difficulties.
  • (2018) – Inquest touching upon care home death following unwitnessed fall.
  • (2017) – Inquest touching upon care home death in which various allegations of physical abuse and neglect were raised against staff.
  • (2017) – Inquest touching upon care home death focusing upon allegations of failure to provide adequate nutrition and hydration.
  • (2014) – Inquest touching upon death following tree fall on highway where inadequacy of local authority’s inspection regime was in issue.

Selected Cases

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Awards


  • Erasmus Scholar (2005)
  • St John’s College Cambridge, McMahon Post-graduate law scholarship (2007, 2008)
  • Middle Temple Lord Diplock Scholar (2008)
  • Pegasus Scholar (Singapore) (2013)

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Qualifications


  • Modern and Medieval Languages BA (Hons) (Cantab) (2003-2007)
  • La Universidad de Complutense, Madrid (2004-2005)
  • GDL (City University) (2007-2008)
  • BVC (City University) (2008-2009)
  • BVC-LLM (City University) (2010)
  • MA (Cantab) (2010)

Before coming to the Bar, Rory read Modern and Medieval Languages at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and at La Universidad de Complutense, Madrid.

In 2013 Rory was seconded to the commercial department of Rajah & Tann, Singapore, as a Pegasus Scholar.

Languages

Spanish and French.

Memberships


  • PIBA

Recommendations


“Rory is very forensic in his approach and his attention to detail is excellent. He knows the cases inside out and can identify the key issues in a case.”… “He is excellent in court and quick at turning things around.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Rory is always calm, collected and highly effective. He is a brilliant advocate and a joy to watch when on his feet.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Rory is a pleasure to deal with. He is excellent with clients and he always goes the extra mile.”

Chambers & Partners, 2023

“Rory is always up for the challenge of taking on technically complex procedural arguments.”

Chambers & Partners, 2023

“Rory is very capable and exceptional on his feet.”

Chambers & Partners, 2023

“Rory is unflappable and provides clear and concise advice at all times.”

Legal 500, 2023

“A soft-spoken but robust advocate, who is very good at drawing out technical legal points from complex cases and is very reliable too.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“He has a first-rate mind, pays great attention to detail and produces first-rate drafting. He is in a class of his own when it comes to difficult multiparty negotiations.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022


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