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William Lacey

Call 2022

Inquests & Public Inquiries

William regularly appears at inquests and PIRHs for families and other interested persons, including highly sensitive inquests arising from fatal accidents, suicide, suspected suicide, and/or allegations of misconduct by state entities. He is well-versed in the legal tests around scope of inquest, evidence, neglect and Article 2. His life experience and maturity enable him to interact with the various participants with respect and sensitivity, and to be robust where appropriate.

Current and recent work includes:

  • Representing a private health care provider at an inquest concerning a person whose death is alleged to have been partially caused by failures at a private care home.
  • Representing the family at the four-day inquest of a person who died shortly after being released from police custody, having had a life-sustaining medical device seized by the police.
  • Representing the family at a three-day jury inquest concerning the accidental death of an elderly person in a care home, including extensive submissions on neglect.
  • Representing the family of a person who took their own life after a series of alleged failures by state entities to care properly for them.
  • Being instructed to attend and report upon an inquest arising from a fatal road traffic accident, on behalf of the deceased’s family.
  • Advising an interested person who was required to give oral evidence at an inquest arising from a fatal accident.

William is able to represent interested persons on a public access basis, where appropriate.

Selected Cases

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• Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2021)
• Senior Advocacy Scholarship (The University of Law, 2021)
• Lord Brougham Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2020)




• Bar Practice Course (Outstanding); The University of Law
• GDL (Distinction); The University of Law
• MA Music (First Class); King’s College, Cambridge


  • BILA
  • PIBA
  • PNBA

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