Kirsten is currently instructed in a wide range of complex and controversial deaths cases involving the police, mental health facilities, facilities for children with autism and learning difficulties, and deaths involving the military.
Shoreham Airshow Disaster
Kirsten Heaven is currently representing a majority of the bereaved families at the inquest into the deaths arising from the Shoreham Airshow disaster in 2015, led by Gerard Forlin QC. The inquest will look at the Civil Aviation Authority, police, Highway Agency and the pilot. The case involves complex issues of disclosure surrounding airshow investigations and prosecutions. The pre-inquest review proceedings have been widely reported in the media including the BBC here and here and please also see this press release by the solicitors Stewarts.
Claire Lilley Inquest
The inquest into the death of Claire Lilley concluded on 30 November 2020 with the jury finding there was a lack of consistent communication with her family and insufficient management of risk.
Inquests into the death of Dean George and Inquest into the death of Oliver Huxter
Both cases involved looking at systemic failure around the management of risks of suicide in HMP Swansea and the lack of equitable detoxification regimes for opiod addiction prisoners in certain Welsh prisons.
Conner Marshall Inquest
The inquest into the death of Conner Marshall concluded on 17 January 2020 with the coroner finding Conner’s death was ‘unlawful killing’, and identifying major failings in probation services in an extensive fifty page document setting out his findings.
Jaqueline Oakes inquest involving West Midlands Police and other state agents
Janet Müller inquest
Article 2 psychiatric detention unlawful killing death with critical narrative.
Kirsten was instructed on the Hillsborough inquest by Birnberg Peirce and Partners, as part of a team representing family members of 74 of the 96 victims. Kirsten was led by Patrick Roche on the police planning phase of the inquest and Peter Wilcock QC on the “evidence gathering” phase relating to the alleged cover up.
Welsh Ambulance service inquest
Imran Douglas: self-inflicted death of a young person/Harris Review issues
Anne - Marie Element Inquest: military/rape/bullying
Neglect contributed to death of 19-year-old Nicholas Wheller at HMYOI Aylesbury
HMP Leeds bullying related self-inflicted death could have been prevented
System failure in prison healthcare at HMP Moorland results in death of seriously ill prisoner Anti-gun campaigner stabbed to death by mentally ill grandson: death could have been prevented
Suicide of Chinese national suspected of overstaying: narrative verdict critical of MET
Death of patient detained under Mental Health Act contributed to by neglect Death in Oakington immigration detention centre
Police and ambulance related death: critical narrative
Clinical negligence related death of cancer patient: critical narrative
Suicide of old person in hospital setting: critical narrative
Prison suicide: neglect verdict
Death of person detained under Mental Health Act 1983: critical narrative and neglect verdict
Suicide recalled prisoner: critical narrative of Prison, the Probation Service and Mental Health Inreach Team