Profile submitted by Alison Hewitt
Inquests / Coronial Law; Public / Administrative Law; Police Law; Personal Injury; Professional Regulatory.
Alison Hewitt specialises in inquests and is very experienced in all aspects of coronial law and procedure. She has acted as “Counsel to the Inquest” in many long and complex cases including the high-profile and sensitive inquests into the deaths of Ian Tomlinson, Zane Gbangbola and Poppi Worthington. Alison also represents a wide range of clients at inquests including Police Constabularies, private prisons, NHS Trusts, care homes and families. Most of her work concerns deaths involving State Agencies, deaths in custody (including restraint deaths) or in detention under the Mental Health Act, or deaths with a background of complex clinical care. Additionally, Alison regularly acts for coroners and Interested Persons in judicial review claims relating to inquests. Alison’s other principal area of practice is Police Law. She advises and represents Chief Constables in relation to civil claims, professional standards/misconduct matters and judicial review. For example, Alison recently acted for the Metropolitan Commissioner as part of linked appeals which considered the lawfulness of the revised statutory scheme for the disclosure of convictions and its compatibility with Article 8 ECHR
The Coroners' Society of England and Wales; PIBA
Called to the Bar 1984; Alison has been an Assistant Coroner herself since 2007 and became Senior Coroner for the City of London (a part-time role) in 2016.She also acts as a Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council.