The Grenfell Tower horror that occured on Wednesday 14th June 2017 in London inquiry starts today. With a minutes silence being honoured at 10:30am.
The Grenfell Tower fire claimed 80 innocent victims their lives due to a breakdown in materials used on the cladding on the outer structure of the building.
The inquiry’s lead by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, is expected to deliver his opening statement at about 10.30am and a silent march is due to take place in Kensington from 6.30pm, with an expected crowd of rememberers and family of 10,000.
The initial statements and outline of the inquiry will be given by Sir Martin Moore-Bick and will be expected to last around 1 Hour in Central London, where the entire inquiry will run it’s course.
Timetable of the Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry
Announcement will be made at the Connaught Rooms, in Covent Garden.
Nor has any firm date for the public sessions yet been fixed. They are unlikely to start before October at the earliest. An interim report was initially anticipated before the end of the year but expectations of that have slipped.
Transcripts and the evidence considered will be published each day on the inquiry’s website unless an order is made under section 19 of the Inquiries Act 2005 to restrict material. The hearings will also be live-streamed online.
There are disputes over the composition of the advisory panel to the inquiry and its relationship to the Moore-Bick, who is a retired court of appeal judge. BMELawyers4Grenfell are seeking permission for a judicial review of the process of appointing the panel to ensure it reflects the diverse backgrounds of the victims and survivors. No date for that challenge has been fixed.
The inquiry is still negotiating a protocol with the police to ensure that material obtained by detectives in the course of their criminal investigation and the inquiry itself can be shared.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the chair of the inquiry, retired at the age of 70 from the court of appeal in December last year. His legal expertise is focused on contract law, an area that may may prove relevant when examining construction procedures and liabilities.
Richard Millett QC, who is also an expert in commercial law and business disputes, is the main counsel to the inquiry. He also sits as a deputy high court judge.
Bernard Richmond QC, a criminal defence specialist, is also counsel to the inquiry. He trains barristers on how to handle vulnerable witnesses and sits as an assistant coroner.
Kate Grange QC, who is also counsel to the inquiry, is an expert in commercial, construction, public and inquiry law.
Caroline Featherstone is solicitor to the inquiry. She qualified as a registered nurse, was employed in the NHS and then switched to a legal career. She has worked for the Government Legal Department.
Mark Fisher is secretary to the inquiry. He formerly worked in the cabinet office and the department of work and pensions.
It will also look into the way any complaints about the risk of fire were handled, the response of the London Fire Brigade and the response of central and local government in the days immediate following the inferno to see if there is any gross negligence.