We provide advice, assistance and representation to families whose loved ones have died in controversial circumstances involving the State and Public Bodies including deaths in:

  • police custody , prison, immigration and psychiatric detention
  • police shootings
  • use of unlawful restraint
  • failures by public bodies leading to wide scale disasters, e.g. fires in publicly managed buildings or sporting venues
  • other deaths where there is an issue concerning a public body’s actions or omissions that may have contributed to the death

We also represent interested persons at public inquiries examining State misconduct.


Who we are

Our team consists of seven solicitors who have a broad range and depth of experience:

Tolu Agbelusi
Sarah Kellas
Tara Mulcair
Irène Nembhard
Shakiratu Sanusi
Marcia Willis Stewart QC (Hon)
Harriet Wistrich

Team Hillsborough

Kay Glynn
Ronnie Graham
Paul Ham
Patricia Hampel
Rory Hearty
Hazel Metcalfe
Hilary Nelson
Marcia Willis Stewart QC (Hon)
Shakiratu Sanusi
Jung-ui Sul

Carol Thomas PA

New enquiries

We receive new enquiries online only. In exceptional cases, we take enquiries over the telephone on Thursdays between 2pm and 3pm.

Prospective clients are asked to complete the form below in order that we can understand your potential case, what you hope to achieve and whether we can assist you. If we require further information in order to consider your enquiry, a member of the team will contact you by phone.

If you are unable to submit the form below, please send a brief email which includes your answers to the above questions, to civilenq@birnbergpeirce.co.uk.

We will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Your Name*




Your Email

Date of birth


Date of death of the deceased

What are your concerns about the deceased's death? (in no more than 100 words)

What would you like to achieve at an inquest?