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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Representing Clients through a Public Inquiry

Susie Labinjoh
Susie Labinjoh
Partner
Alice Hardy
Alice Hardy
Partner
Cormac McDonough
Cormac McDonough
Partner
Jocelyn Cockburn
Jocelyn Cockburn
Partner
Nancy Collins
Nancy Collins
Partner
Sasha Barton
Sasha Barton
Partner
Claire Brigham
Claire Brigham
Senior Associate
Eloise Carey
Eloise Carey
Trainee
Olivia Pattison
Olivia Pattison
Trainee
Sion Morgan
Sion Morgan
Trainee

The Inquiries Act 2005 allows a government minister to set up a public inquiry where it appears to them that particular events have caused or may cause public concern.

A public inquiry can conduct an investigation across a range of different agencies. A public inquiry ensures lessons are learned.

Where a public inquiry is established under the Act, individuals may be granted the right to participate in the inquiry as ‘core participants’.

We benefit from a wide range of legal expertise across the firm and are able to represent individuals in relation to varied public inquiries.

Our team received praise in the 2023 edition of the Chambers & Partners UK legal directory. The team were commended for their “extensive experience representing bereaved families in inquests” and expertise in public law challenges relating to social housing and major public inquiries. The team has also been recommended for Legal 500, 2023.

Hodge Jones & Allen_Chambers UK 2023Legal 500 UK - Top Tier Firm-2023

Examples of Public Inquiries we have worked on

  • The Undercover Policing Inquiry
  • The Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry
  • The Contaminated Blood Inquiry

"THANK YOU FOR UPDATING ME ABOUT THE RECENT OFFER, HATS OFF TO YOU, IT'S ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION."

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Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors?

Representation you can trust

We will ensure that your concerns are properly investigated and your voice is heard by the public inquiry. Our solicitors understand how important it is for families to get their questions answered, and they’ll work tirelessly to get it.

Support & Guidance

We’ll provide support and guidance in what can be a very overwhelming and complex process. Our solicitors will always be available if you have any further questions before or during the inquiry. They’ll keep you up to date throughout.

Expertise

A public inquiry is a powerful way to hold the state to account. Therefore it’s important to have the right representation. Our lawyers are known as leaders in the field. They have represented people in many major inquiries in recent years.

Currently, they’re representing clients in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

"I FELT I COULD TRUST THE TEAM TO BE FIGHTING FOR MY CASE TO GET THE BEST OUTCOME, AND THAT THEIR ETHICS WERE GOOD, BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND WITH VALUES IN WITH MY OWN."

Independently recognised as leaders in the field

We’re top ranked in Chambers & Partners 2023 for Police Law and also ranked for Civil Liberties & Human Rights and Administrative & Public Law. We’re also ranked in Legal 500 for Civil Liberties & Human Rights and Administrative and Public Law.

“The whole legal team are professional and empathetic with excellent communication.” “They are excellent in all regards, and are extremely kind, patient and helpful.” “The quality of their lawyers, the work they generate and the way they handle cases are excellent.” – Chambers UK, 2023

“The team at Hodge Jones and Allen is of excellent quality, from the most junior member of the team up to the most senior of partners. They work exceptionally well as a team and have been involved in some of the most prominent and high profile cases of recent times.” – Legal 500, 2023

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How can you get in touch?

Contact our highly experienced team

Whatever your needs our team of highly experienced solicitors will provide you with the help and advice you need. To seek free advice from our specialist team of Human Rights solicitors you should contact one of our experienced team, either by telephone or through our online form.

We’ll gather the information to review your case

Once we have all the information we need we will let you know if you have a case which we can assist with. If you have a case we can help with we will arrange a time to meet or talk to discuss your needs and particular situation in greater detail.

Help you with the best resolution

You’ll be allocated a solicitor specialising in the field to help you find the best possible resolution during a stressful and often sensitive time.

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Featured Cases

Public Inquiry

Our human rights lawyers were instructed by almost forty residents of Grenfell Tower, the surrounding walkways and local flats to represent them at the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. Our human rights lawyers have worked closely with the housing team to prepare proposed terms of reference for the inquiry, to draft core participant applications and to advise our clients on the inquiry process. We represent bereaved family members and survivors.

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Frequently asked questions

What is public law?

This is the law which governs relationships between individuals and the government. Our day to day lives can be affected by public law which can include immigration, health, the environment and education. The role of public law is to regulate the relationship between the state and individuals.

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"Hodge Jones & Allen has a very strong, experienced and talented team in this area. They have litigated landmark cases to the highest levels (Supreme Court) and are creative and strategic in their approach." Legal 500, 2021