Inquests Team

The Coroner

His Honour Sir Peter Thornton QC

His Honour Sir Peter Thornton QC was the first Chief Coroner of England and Wales (2012-2016). He was also a Senior Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) from 2007-2016. Before then he was a barrister and QC, practicing from Doughty Street Chambers where he was Joint Head of Chambers.

Counsel to the inquests

Peter Skelton QC

Peter Skelton QC practises from 1 Crown Office Row in London, where he specialises in inquests, public inquiries, human rights, clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. He has been involved in many high-profile cases over the last 20 years, including the Leveson Inquiry, the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Mau Mau litigation, the Guantánamo Bay litigation, and the Jimmy Savile litigation.

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill is a barrister at 1 Crown Office Row in London. He has previously worked on the Hillsborough Inquests as First Junior Counsel, on the Detainee Inquiry, the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. He also specialises in medical and public law. Before coming to the Bar, Matthew studied and taught modern history, in particular post-war British history.

Solicitor to the inquests

Tim Suter

Tim Suter is a partner at Fieldfisher LLP. He has experience of advising those conducting independent inquiries and inquests. He recently acted as the solicitor to the Hillsborough Inquests and is instructed as the solicitor in the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy. He has previously acted as the deputy solicitor to the inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005 and the inquest into the death of the Russian dissident, Alexander Litvinenko.


Michael Collins

Michael has been appointed as Secretary to the Inquests and is currently on secondment from the Ministry of Justice. He was formerly the Secretary to the Azelle Rodney Inquiry, the Secretary to the Mark Duggan Inquest and the Secretary to the Tunisia Inquests. He has a background in policy development and operational posts within the justice system, most recently in Civil Justice Policy.