Inquests & Public Inquiries
Sandesh is frequently instructed to represent interested parties at inquests. He has experience of inquests involving complex issues across a wide range of areas such as construction, transport, medical and social care, travel, retail and policing.
Sandesh is currently instructed to advise in connection with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Sandesh recently represented a charity which provides supported housing for homeless people. In January 2017 a resident at shared accommodation managed by the charity was fatally stabbed by another resident. The assailant was subsequently convicted of Manslaughter by reason of Diminished Responsibility and sentenced to a Hospital Order. An Article 2 inquest was held to examine whether any acts or omissions of the Mental Health Trust, the Metropolitan Police, the Local Authority or the charity contributed to the death. At the conclusion of the evidence, the Coroner ruled that it would not be safe for the Jury to consider any issues relating to the charity and that it was not necessary to issue a Regulation 28 Report.
Other examples of Sandesh’s extensive inquest experience include representing:
- Police officers involved in the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Underground station at an inquest lasting three months before Sir Michael Wright QC and in associated judicial review proceedings (led by QC).
- A major transport company at an inquest into the death of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest whilst being detained after travelling on the Metrolink in Manchester.
- A property developer at an inquest into the death of a construction worker following an explosion near Hampstead Heath in London.
- A major travel company at an inquest into the death of a passenger in Egypt.
- A company at an inquest into the death of a football fan who was found in an excavation close to his home in Luton.
- A shipping company at an inquest concerning the death of a dock worker who was crushed between two shipping containers at Portsmouth Dockyard.
- A major transport company at an inquest into the death of a coach driver involved in a crash near Alpe D’Huez in France.
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Professional Discipline Junior of the year (Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2018)
- Sandesh Singh has successfully represented a housing association at an Article 2 inquest concerning the fatal stabbing of a resident
- Mike Atkins and Sandesh Singh represent Principal Contractor and Principal Designer in timber frame fire safety case
- LLB (Hons), University of Bristol
- BVC, College of Law, London
“Whether leading or being led, Sandesh has an intimate knowledge of the documents and facts from the very outset in a case. This ability to “get into” the case stand him apart from his competitors and his preparation is unrivalled. He is able to adapt and think on his feet at a moments notice and it really gives clients faith that they are in good hands. He is always thinking about the bigger picture and understands the commercial implications for clients.”
“He’s incredibly diligent, hard-working, and his attention to detail is second to none. A brilliant junior.”; “He is very smooth, pragmatic and efficient.”; “He’s organised, meticulous and very good at getting into the details of a case and working through a large amount of documents.”
“Extremely clever and very thorough, he always gets to the heart of the case. Personable and great to work with, he is very hardworking, too.”
“He is brilliant, incredibly hard-working and pleasant to work with.”
“Sandesh has a very sharp eye for detail and a confident manner in court, and is good with clients as well.”
“A real pleasure to work with. He is extremely clever, thorough, positive and always responsive to queries.”
“His advocacy is measured, persuasive and smooth.”
“He has forensic attention to detail”
“An effective advocate who prepares very thoroughly and rolls up his sleeves to get on top of the issues in even the most technical of cases.”
“He has a great eye and mind for detail.”
“An effective advocate even when pitched against silks and senior juniors twice his call.”
“Incredibly user-friendly and well prepared.”