• In this webinar “Article 2 engagement and effect” our speakers Sunyana Sharma and Susan Jones explore the effect of the recent decision of Maguire v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool [2020] EWCA Civ 738 and the effect this will have on when Article 2 is and is not likely to be engaged. They also considered the impact of Article 2 on the inquest procedure with a particular focus on the impact it has on the...

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  • 3PB (3 Paper Buildings) has joined longstanding client Irwin Mitchell in championing the cause of suicide prevention, including yesterday’s World Suicide Prevention Day. Mark Lomas, Head of 3PB’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams said: “We see so many tragic instances of suicide – and its devastating effect on families - in my and the teams’ work at Inquests and in claims against UK institutions like hospitals, mental health clinics, prisons and the Armed Services....

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  • 3PB Barristers have created a dedicated webpage on its website to act as a hub for the many articles, briefings and webinar and podcast recordings about lockdown laws and regulations as well as practical issues like court attendance, e-bundles, remote and hybrid hearings. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to create employment, contractual and other legal challenges which are in many ways unprecedented. The impact of the virus is being felt, and in response, 3PB have...

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  • 3PB Barristers announce the appointment of one of its silks, Angela Grahame QC, as Senior Counsel to the Sheku Bayoh Public Inquiry. Chaired by Lord Bracadale, the Inquiry will seek to examine the circumstances of the death of Sheku Bayoh who died in police custody on 3 May 2015. It will also review if and to what extent, actual or perceived race played a part in the death of Mr Bayoh. The Inquiry is due...

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  • 3PB’s specialist Inquest team have just delivered the first of its three-part series of training sessions to many of its solicitors contacts and local authorities and following its success, we are now offering the same training to other clients and contacts. The first training module “Coroners Court jurisdiction: Evidence and Procedure” covers the purpose, scope and three phases of an Inquest as well as rules on collating evidence and disclosure and the need for expert...

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  • Susan Jones represented the former managing director of a small construction company, in a Jury inquest touching the death of a sub contractor who fell from a ladder on a construction site. The Jury heard that there had been breaches of safe working practices and that a colleague saw the deceased prior to the fall not holding the ladder and it looked as though something was wrong with him. Following conclusion of the evidence, Susan invited...

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  • 3PB is delighted to welcome Angela Grahame QC (Scot) to 3PB. Angela becomes the first female QC from the Scottish Bar to practice at the Bar in England and Wales. This move comes in the year that many in the legal profession around the UK are marking the Centenary of Women in the Law and notable female ‘firsts’.

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  • Properly-enforced safety procedures would have prevented the death of a dock worker crushed by a container, an inquest jury has concluded. Mieczyslaw 'Mitch' Siwak, 34, from Bognor Regis, was killed at Flathouse Quay, Portsmouth, in 2017. MMD Shipping Services, which operates the site, said it had introduced new safety measures since his death. A jury at Portsmouth Coroner's Court, concluded Mr Siwak's death was accidental. The BBC's coverage of the case said: 'Jurors were previously...

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  • 3PB barrister and inquests specialist Susan Jones – who did a six-month secondment with the Inquest Team at London offices of Capsticks in 2015/2016 * – below reviews High Court judgment in R (Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2018] EWHC setting out that at an inquest, the balance of probabilities is the standard of proof required for a short form or narrative suicide conclusion. Lord Justice Leggatt giving the judgment of the Court...

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