Counsel to the Inquiry

The Counsel team is led by a senior barrister, and appointed by the Inquiry Chairman. Counsel is there to provide legal advice to the Inquiry panel in any Inquiry-related matters, and to question witnesses at oral hearings.

Robert Jay QC

Robert Jay Q.C. was called to the Bar in 1981 and took Silk in 1998. He has a wide-ranging practice in public and administrative law, regulatory law and large-scale multi-party litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants. He is a Recorder of the Crown Court, a Deputy Judge of the High Court, and Joint Head of Chambers at 39 Essex Street (www.39essex.com).

David Barr

David Barr was called to the Bar in 1993 and has a wide experience of civil litigation both at first instance and appellate level.  Administrative and public law work includes inquests, human rights cases, immigration work and public inquiries.


Carine Patry Hoskins was called to the Bar in 2000 and is a public and administrative law specialist. She also has a wide-ranging planning and environmental law practice. Prior to commencing practice she worked at the New York State Defenders Association (New York Office) and also completed a stage at the European Court of Human Rights.

Additional Counsel to the Inquiry for Module 2

Lucinda Boon was called to the Bar in 2002 and has wide experience of civil litigation and public law. She specialises in police law (civil and public law claims, inquests and misconduct), human rights, personal injury and immigration and asylum. She sits as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) on the South Eastern Circuit.


The following members of the team are qualified barristers who are providing legal assistance to Counsel to the Inquiry.

Toby Fisher was called to the Bar in 2008 and specializes in public and environmental law. He is co-author of the chapter on freedom of expression in Human Rights Practice (Simor, ed; Sweet & Maxwell).

  Josephine Norris

Josephine Norris was called to the Bar in 2008. Her practice includes public law, regulatory work and personal injury law. She is Assistant Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law and an Editor of the 39 Essex Street Court of Protection newsletters.

William Irwin

William Irwin was called to the Bar in 2010. He is building a broad practice which includes public law, personal injury and employment work.


Heather Emmerson was called to the Bar in 2009. She specializes in public and administrative law, and has a broad practice encompassing local government law, human rights law, planning and environmental law, immigration and education law.