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Expert witnesses have started to present evidence to the Grenfell Tower

Expert witnesses have started to present evidence to the Grenfell Tower inquiry in Holborn, London.

One day after the tragic Grenfell fire, the Prime Minister announced an enquiry, which killed 72 people and left many more injured and/or homeless; Sir Martin Moore-Bick, was appointed as chair of the enquiry. Sir Martin Moore retired in 2016 at the age of 71, prior to this he was an appeal judge and having before then practised as a barrister in commercial and shipping law. The Cambridge graduate was called to the bar in 1969 and made silk in 1986.

His appointment appeared to cause controversy, largely to do with a judgment he’d given in 2014 which allowed Westminster Council to rehouse a single mother of five children 50 miles away. The decision was overruled in 2015. The inquiry was opened on 14 September 2017, and so far, all procedural hearings were completed in December 2017 and March this year.

We are presently at the “phase 1 evidence” stage. This began late last month and has seen seven days of commemoration hearings, at which tributes were paid to the victims. The inquest continues. If you would like legal advice or wish to discuss any similar related legal issues with the team, then please contact the office on 0208 767 5005.