The Inquiry Team

Sir William Gage - Inquiry Chairman

William Gage, chairmanThe Right Honourable Sir William Gage was called to the Bar in 1963 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982. He was made a High Court judge in 1993, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. In 2004 he became a member of the Court of Appeal, from which he retired in November 2008. On 21 July 2008 he was invited by the then Secretary of State for Defence, Desmond Browne, to be the Chairman of the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry.


Lee Hughes CBE - Secretary to the Inquiry

Lee HughesLee Hughes is a Senior Civil Servant in the Ministry of Justice. He was Secretary to the Hutton Inquiry and to the Inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed. He has a background in legislation, as the lead official on the Protection from Harrassment Act 1997 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. He was appointed CBE in 2004.
Read more about the Inquiry's Secretariat here.


Sophie Eloquin* - Solicitor to the Inquiry

SESophie Eloquin is a lawyer on secondment to the Inquiry from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). She was called to the Bar in 2000 and was a member of 13 KBW, practising in criminal law, until 2007 when she joined the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office (now part of the CPS); as part of the Proceeds of Crime Unit she specialised in dealing with the recovery of the proceeds of large scale frauds, drug and excise importations. 

Read more about Sophie and her team here.

*Sophie Eloquin took over from Sara Carnegie from 14 February 2011. Please click here to view details of previous incumbents.


Gerard Elias QC, Nicholas Moss, Patrick Halliday - Counsel

Patrick HallidayNick MossPhotograph of Gerard Elias QCGerard Elias is lead counsel to the Inquiry. He has been involved in many significant criminal cases and more recently in two major public inquiries. Nicholas Moss and Patrick Halliday are junior counsel to the Inquiry.

Read more about Gerard and his team here.


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