Inquests team

Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroner

The Right Honourable Sir John Goldring

Goldring LJThe Rt Hon Sir John Goldring was the Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales from January 2010 until December 2012. He was called to the Bar in 1969 and became a QC in 1987. He was appointed a High Court Judge in December 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit. He was appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal and Deputy Senior Presiding Judge in October 2008 and Senior Presiding Judge on 1 January 2010. Sir John retired as a judge in November 2014.

Counsel to the Inquests

Christina Lambert QC

CL less sat-1Christina Lambert is a practising barrister at 1 Crown Office Row. She took Silk in 2009. She has extensive experience in a number of areas of civil and regulatory law, principally in a healthcare context, and linked coronial investigations. In October 2012 she was appointed as Lead Counsel to the Dame Janet Smith Review which was established by the BBC to undertake an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by Jimmy Savile and relevant culture and practices at the BBC.

Jonathan Hough QC

Jonathan HoughJonathan Hough is a barrister with a civil and commercial practice.  He took Silk in 2014. He has considerable experience in substantial inquests and inquiries, and has appeared as counsel to the inquiry in a number of important inquests, including those into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed; the shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes; the explosion on HMS Tireless; and the Potter’s Bar and Grayrigg rail disasters. In addition, he has special expertise in the law relating to coroners and inquests, having acted in many of the recent cases concerning challenges to coroners’ decisions.

Matthew Hill

MSH (2)Matthew Hill is a barrister specialising in public law, public inquiries and inquests, and medical law.  He has previously been instructed in the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry, the Detainee Inquiry, and the inquests arising out of the Lakanal House fire in South London. Before becoming a barrister, Matthew studied and taught modern history and worked on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Paul Reynolds

PXR_6721 CPaul is a practising barrister at One Crown Office Row. He particular experience of medical law (and related inquests), public law, regulatory law and indirect tax. Paul has a first class degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, a post-graduate BCL from the University of Oxford and a Diploma in French Law from the University of Poitiers.

Anthony Jones

AJ Right-1Anthony is a barrister practising in public and commercial law. Anthony has a first class degree in law from Oxford, as well as degrees from universities in Sydney and Beijing. Before coming to the bar, he worked in government in Australia, as an advisor to the Attorney-General of New South Wales and a speechwriter to the former Australian Foreign Minister and Premier of New South Wales.

Nikita McNeill

Nikita McNeillNikita is a barrister at 2 Hare Court. Nikita is an experienced jury advocate who has assisted in the preparation and conduct of complex prosecutions arising for deaths caused by Health and Safety breaches. In addition to criminal matters, she has expertise in regulatory law; both financial and medical. Before coming to the bar Nikita worked as an Adjudicator at the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Solicitors to the Inquests

Tim Suter

Tim SuterTim Suter is a partner at Fieldfisher LLP. He has experience of advising those conducting independent inquiries and inquests. He has previously acted as the deputy solicitor to the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry and the inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005. He has assisted a client in connection with the Leveson Inquiry and represents witnesses in the Al Sweady Public Inquiry. He is also instructed as solicitor to the Commission of Inquiry into the death of the second UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold, and as the deputy solicitor in the inquest into the death of the Russian dissident, Alexander Litvinenko.

Oliver Carlyon

Oliver CarylonOliver Carlyon is a Senior Associate at Fieldfisher LLP. He has experience of advising interested parties and others in relation to inquests. He has previously worked on significant inquests such as those into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005 and the Lakanal tower block fire.


Amanda Jeffery

AmandaAmanda has been appointed as Secretary to the Inquests, on secondment from the Judicial Office. She has held a variety of policy and operational roles within the Ministry of Justice and its predecessors. She was Private Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice from 2008 to 2011 and, most recently, was Head of Administration for the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.