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Interested persons and their legal representatives


A number of people are entitled to ask relevant questions of witnesses at an inquest hearing, so long as they persuade the Coroner that they are one of the following:

In addition, any other person may seek to persuade the Coroner they have a proper interest in the inquest proceedings and, if the Coroner agrees, they too may question witnesses.

Anyone the Coroner designates as entitled to question witnesses is called an Interested Person.

The Inquest Team

Legal team:

Mr Hugo Keith QC, Mr Andrew O’Connor and Mr Benjamin Hay Counsel to the Inquest, instructed by Mr Martin Smith (Solicitor to the Inquests) and Mr Tim Suter (Deputy Solicitor to the Inquests), Partner and Associate respectively of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP.


Judy Anckorn
Secretary to the Inquests and responsible for all administrative and logistical arrangements. She is assisted by Lale Ozdemir

Legal representatives for the Interested Persons


Instructed by:

Counsel to the Inquests - Hugo Keith QC, Andrew O’Connor & Ben Hay

Martin Smith, Solicitor to the Inquests

Fiona Barton and Charlotte Ventham City Solicitor, City of London Police

John Beggs QC, Ian Skelt and Ian Mullarkey

Force Solicitor, West Yorkshire Police

Kerstin Boyd

London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority

Christopher Coltart

Kingsley Napley on behalf of 7 bereaved families

James Eadie QC, Neil Garnham QC and Jonathan Hall

Treasury Solicitor on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Security Service

Patrick Gibbs QC

Mariel Irvine, solicitor to the British Transport Police

Max Hill QC, Hugh Davies, Rebekah Hummerstone and Jonathan Dixey

Directorate of Legal Services, Metropolitan Police Service

Keith Morton and Fiona Canby

Transport for London

Patrick O’Connor QC and Caoilfhionn Gallagher

Anthony Gold on behalf of 6 bereaved families

Gareth Patterson

Lovells LLP on behalf of 4 bereaved families

Sarah Przybylska

Tube Lines

Neil Saunders

Russell Jones & Walker on behalf of 10 bereaved families

Janine Sheff

Sonn Macmillan Walker on behalf of 3 bereaved families

Sarah Simcock

Capsticks on behalf of London Ambulance Service
Sarah Ormond-Walshe and Richard Furniss Barts & The London NHS