Inquest team

Ashley Underwood QC

Ashley Underwood QC
Counsel to the Inquest

Ashley Underwood was called to the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 2001. Ashley has a background in human rights and public law. He has considerable inquest and inquiry experience and is a founder of the website publicinquiries.org.

Michael Collins - Secretary to the Inquiry

Michael Collins
Secretary to the Inquest

Michael Collins is a career Civil Servant currently on secondment to this Inquest from the Ministry of Justice. He was formerly the Secretary of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry and has a background in policy development and operational posts within the justice system (most recently legal aid policy in Very High Cost Cases). He has also worked in judicial appointments (project managed the development of a pilot assessment centre for the appointment of the judiciary), human resources, learning and development and project management.

Judi Kemish, Solicitor and Junior Counsel to the Inquiry

Judi Kemish
Solicitor to the Inquest

Judi Kemish qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and is an accredited mediator. She is seconded to the Inquest from the Criminal Appeal Office, Royal Courts of Justice and has a background in criminal and civil litigation, adminstrative law, inquests, mental health and prison law. She is the Solicitor and Junior Counsel to the Azelle Rodney Inquiry and was formerly the Solicitor and Secretary to the Robert Hamill Inquiry. Judi can be contacted on 0207 404 6113.