Michael Rawlinson represents bereaved family at high-profile inquest: jury return scathing conclusion of suicide contributed to by neglect

August 9, 2016

Michael Rawlinson from Exchange Chambers has represented the family of Michael McMonigle, a popular school teacher, at the high-profile inquest in to his death.

Mr McMonigle, who worked at Hurworth School, near Darlington was treated for anxiety and depression at Lanchester Road Hospital, on the outskirts of Durham, before his death last August.

The 45-year-old, known affectionately as ‘Mr Mac’, was found hanged in nearby woodland after going missing from his ward.

The jury at the County Durham Coroners’ Court concluded his death was caused by suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed.  They said the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust’s policies were adequate, but not carried out to a satisfactory level, which “probably, more than minimally or trivially” contributed to Mr McMonigle’s death.

The jury said: “It has been decided that inadequate communication of potentially significant information between Michael’s family and staff members put Michael at significant risk.”

Michael Rawlinson was instructed by Thompsons Solicitors in Newcastle.

Michael specialises in acting on behalf of Police officers and healthcare professionals facing professional disciplinary and misconduct cases, criminal proceedings and inquests, and is recognised in the Legal 500 & Chambers & Partners in these specialisms.

He is part of the criminal team at Exchange Chambers.