Louis Browne QC

Call 1988
Silk 2017


"Highly skilled barrister with excellent knowledge of his working area."

The Legal 500 2021
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Inquests and Inquiries

Louis has very extensive experience in acting for families and public authorities/government bodies at Inquests and Inquiries. He also advises/appears at judicial reviews arising from inquests.

Louis has a first class honours degree in law and the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law from Balliol College, Oxford.

Louis is ranked Tier 1 for his inquests and inquiries work in The Legal 500 2021 guide – “Very hard working and immensely knowledgeable in his field. He is approachable and easy going with clients. Meticulous attention to detail is apparent in his advocacy and written submissions. A very capable barrister, who is well regarded by his clients and is highly recommended.”

Louis is also ranked in Chambers and Partners 2021 in Inquests & Public Inquiries – “He cares deeply about his cases and is a pleasant advocate.”

Inquests and Inquiries

He has recently appeared at the following Inquests/Judicial Reviews:

Manchester Arena Bombings
Representing Salford University, where the bomber, Salman Abedi was a student. The inquest into the deaths from the bombing are likely to take place next year and will raise issues about what, if anything, the authorities knew of Abedi’s plans to carry out the bombing.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Acting for the Fire Officers Association and Senior Fire Sector Commander on the night, who made the most significant decisions as to the implementation of search and rescue, in one of the most important public inquiries of its time.

Tyrell v. HM Senior Coroner for Durham/Ministry of Justice [2017] 153 BMLR 208 [2016] Inquest LR
Important case concerning the extent of the procedural duty under ECHR Article 2 and whether a Middleton complaint inquest was required where a prisoner had died of natural causes in custody.

Christopher Hope July 2017
Represented the Prison Service at the inquest into the death of a serving prisoner whose death was thought to be associated with the taking of Spice.

John Ahmed February/March 2017
Represented the Prison Service at the inquest into the death of a prisoner who died following a control and restraint procedure.

John Jaundoo February 2017
Represented the Probation Service at the inquest into the death of a young man murdered by 3 men with whom he shared a hostel.

Carmel Bloom September 2016
Represented Shire Hospital at a lengthy inquest (the third) into the death of a woman from sepsis at a private hospital.  This Inquest raised many highly challenging questions/issues concerning urological/ anaesthetic medicine.   Also represented the private hospital at a judicial review ([2014] Med LR 490).

Inquest into the death of Ian Terry
Represented four members of GMP Tactical Firearms Unit at this lengthy inquest into the shooting of a colleague on a training exercise.

Ryan Clark
Lengthy and highly sensitive inquest into the death of a young man at a YOI, who had hanged himself.

Fusilier Jason Wilkinson
Represented the MoD at this inquest into the death of a soldier killed by a machine gun during a firing exercise in Kenya.

Louis has wide experience of advising and appearing at inquests where there is an HSE involvement (e.g PC David Shreeve who died on duty after falling from a Honda ST 1300A that had suffered a ‘tank slap’).

James Bibby/Thomas Elmer, who died after being dragged into moving machinery when carrying out maintenance work at a factory.

Louis was Counsel to the Laming Inquiry.

He was Counsel to an investigation into alleged serious failings at a North Wales secondary school.