Inquests team

Coroner

His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC

His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC is the Recorder of London, the lead judge at the Central Criminal Court. He was appointed to that post with effect from 14 April 2020.

Between 1 October 2016 and 24 December 2020 HHJ Lucraft QC was the Chief Coroner of England and Wales. He was initially appointed as the Chief Coroner for a three year term. In September 2019 his term of appointment was extended by up to two years. On 22 December 2020 it was announced that His Honour Judge Thomas Teague QC was to be appointed as Chief Coroner of England & Wales, in succession to HHJ Lucraft QC.

HHJ Lucraft QC was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge on 22 November 2016. Prior to his appointment as the Recorder of London, he was a Senior Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) as from 7 February 2017, and a Circuit Judge as from 18 July 2012.

HHJ Lucraft QC also conducted the Inquests into deaths arising from the Westminster terror attack on 22 March 2017 and also the Inquests arising from the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack of 3 June 2017.

Counsel to the Inquests

Jonathan Hough QC

Jonathan Hough is a barrister with a civil, commercial and public law practice, who was called to the Bar in 1997 and took Silk in 2014.  He has considerable experience in substantial inquests and inquiries.  He has appeared as counsel to the inquiry in a number of important inquests, including those concerning: the terror attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge/Borough Market; the Hillsborough stadium disaster; the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed; the shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes; the explosion on HMS Tireless (nuclear submarine); and the Potter’s Bar and Grayrigg rail disasters.  In addition, he has special expertise in the law relating to coroners and inquests, having appeared in many of the recent cases in the High Court concerning challenges to coroners’ decisions. He is an editor of the latest edition of Jervis on Coroners.

Aaron Moss

Aaron Moss is a barrister at 5 Essex Court specialising in inquests, police and public law and data protection. He is experienced in inquests involving the police and ambulance service, as well as other public authorities. He appears for organisations and bereaved families, and has been instructed as junior counsel to a number of significant inquests concerning terrorism, arising from the Westminster Bridge, London Bridge/Borough Market and Tunisia beach attacks. He has a first-hand understanding of the work of the emergency services from five years in the Special Constabulary of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Solicitors to the Inquests

Sinéad Lester

Sinéad is a partner at BDB Pitmans LLP. Sinéad has experience of advising those conducting inquests, having been Deputy Solicitor to the Tunisia Inquests. She also has experience in advising interested persons in inquests, such work including having acted for St John Ambulance in the Hillsborough Inquests and for King Edward VII Hospital in the inquest into the death of Nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Natasha Davis

Natasha Davis is a senior associate at BDB Pitmans LLP. She has experience advising interested persons in a range of inquests, including those concerning the Hillsborough stadium disaster and the Vauxhall helicopter crash. She has also acted as deputy solicitor to the inquests arising from the Westminster Bridge and London Bridge/Borough Market terror attacks and was part of the solicitor to the inquests team for the Tunisia Inquests.