Do we actually learn lessons from Inquiries?
With ever-increasing political pressure for answers, and drive to hold publicly-funded institutions to account, there has been a growing demand to hold inquiries to seek answers, and importantly, learn from tragic events to stop something similar happening again.
There have been many high-profile inquires, including; the Iraq conflict, the culture, practices and ethics of the press (Leveson), the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Manchester Arena bombing and the UK’s handling of Covid-19. In the healthcare sector, we have also seen the Infected Blood Inquiry, and the Ockenden review (an independent review into the maternity services at Shrewsbury & Telford and Nottingham Hospitals).
However, whilst vast amounts of time and money has been spent conducting inquiries, do they actually work? Do we really learn sufficient lessons following these investigations? And, importantly, are these lessons actually acted upon in practice to effect real change?
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Marcus has a specialised practice focused on clinical negligence, inquest, and personal injury work in addition to being a trained mediator.
Before coming to the Bar, Marcus spent a year as a Director and Trustee of a £7 million turnover company and charity in the Higher Education sector. Before starting pupillage he spent two years as Project Manager of a high-profile independent review at a top-tier commercial law firm in London. During this time he instructed a number of junior barristers, which has given him a thorough understanding of what is required by professional clients.
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