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An informative new public inquiries handbook

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    Eversheds Sutherland’s Public Inquiries & Investigations team, alongside Nottingham Trent University, publish ‘The Practical Guide to Public Inquiries’

    Experienced practitioners from Eversheds Sutherland’s Public Inquiries & Investigations team, have authored a new guidebook entitled The Practical Guide to Public Inquiries, an invaluable stage-by-stage guide on the process of public inquiries, together with Dr Emma Ireton.

    The guidebook offers legal practitioners, participants, witnesses and those with an interest in public inquiries practical advice and guidance on the functions, processes and procedures of a public inquiry.

    Authors from Eversheds Sutherland’s Public Inquiries & Investigations team include Sarah Jones, Partner and Head of Public Inquiries & Investigations; Peter Watkin Jones, Consultant; and Isabelle Mitchell, Principal Associate; Dr Emma Ireton is a former member of the Eversheds Sutherland’s Public Inquiries and Investigations Team and is now a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, specialising in public inquiry research.

    The book draws on the team’s considerable experience from inquiries such as the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry, Leveson Inquiry and Grenfell Tower Inquiry, providing guidance on the life-cycle of a public inquiry. The topics covered range from the appointment of the chair to selecting an appropriate venue, to using experts and publishing inquiry findings.

    The book is available in hardcover and PDF formats, and will be published on 10 December 2020 by Hart Publishing.

    Sarah Jones, said:

    “This book covers the lifecycle of a public inquiry in a practical and user-friendly format; with quotes from others experienced in the field of public inquiries, useful checklists, and insights into the trickiest issues that inquiries, and those involved with them, have to deal with. This is a must read for practitioners, which we hope offers unique insight from the authors’ own experiences in numerous, high-profile public inquiries.”

    Isabelle Mitchell, also said:

    “We know first-hand how challenging public inquiries can be, often dealing with personal, emotional and sensitive topics. With this context, it’s crucial public inquiries are facilitated in a proper and professional way, and we hope the book goes some distance in ensuring this by offering very real, practical advice.”

    Emma Ireton, said:

    “Public inquiries address matters of public concern, which can affect us all. In addition to providing guidance for practitioners, this book provides valuable insight into the role of public inquiries, how they are run, and what to expect of a public inquiry, for participants, witnesses and all those interested in the public inquiry process.”

    This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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