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Following the official launch by Baroness Hallett of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry on 21st July 2022, and the commencement of Module 1 focusing on the UK’s preparedness for a pandemic, the process of evidence gathering is already underway.
OTC’s Robert Dickason, one of the Attorney-General’s B Panel counsel, is instructed for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (formerly the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government).
Robert’s instruction reinforces OTC’s involvement in the Inquiry from its outset. See also our recent announcement of Paul Livingston and Joshua Cainer joining the Inquiry’s legal team here.
The next 12 months sees Module 1 looking into the UK’s preparedness for a pandemic. Module 2 will examine core political and administrative governance and decision-making across all parts of the UK during the pandemic. Module 3 will then focus on the impact of Covid on public healthcare and the governmental and societal responses to those impacts. The Inquiry will announce further modules in 2023.
The Inquiry will be looking at the impact of the pandemic on inequalities at every stage of its investigations.
Baroness Hallett has pledged to deliver reports with analysis, findings, and recommendations whilst the Inquiry’s investigations are ongoing so that key lessons from the pandemic are learned quickly.
Full information and latest updates are available on the UK Covid-19 Inquiry website.
Robert Dickason specialises in clinical negligence and has particular experience in group litigation, Governmental and military healthcare, product liability and health and safety.
Appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel in 2020 (C Panel 2015-2020), Robert regularly represents Government departments in the fields of clinical negligence, product liability, inquests, human rights and national security.
Robert has been consistently ranked as a Leading Junior in Clinical Negligence since 2016. He acts for patients, Trusts, private providers and individual clinicians alike in civil claims and at inquests. His practice spans the full clinical spectrum. He is instructed in the most complex liability and quantum disputes. He is good with clients and can be relied upon to turn papers around promptly. He has particular expertise on matters of causation (APIL Clinical Negligence textbook, APIL Personal Injury loose-leaf) and in clinical negligence cases involving members of the Armed Forces or public law aspects.