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 four solicitors who have a broad range and depth of experience:

Sarah Kellas
Tara Mulcair
Irène Nembhard
Marcia Willis Stewart KC (Hon)

Team Hillsborough

Constance Collard
Elizabeth Forrester
Ronnie Graham
Paul Ham
Rory Hearty
Joanna Kamath
Hazel Metcalfe
Marcia Willis Stewart KC (Hon)
Jung-ui Sul

Richard Carruthers – paralegal
Leila Chentouf – paralegal
Ben Nakama – paralegal
Rebecca Sillis – paralegal

Carol Thomas PA to Marcia Willis Stewart KC (Hon)

New enquiries

We receive new enquiries online only. In exceptional cases, we take enquiries over the telephone on Thursdays between 11am and 12pm.

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?