Our Expertise

Coronials and other Inquiries

Russell Kennedy is on the Coronial Inquest specialist panel established by the Victorian Government and also has extensive experience advising health, aged care and other government departments and public sector agencies on coronial and other inquiries.

We have a unique understanding of the complexities of coronials and other inquiries and the risk management based advice required when advising clients in these situations.

We have significant experience:

  • Representing statutory authorities and hospitals in coronial inquests
  • Advising aged care providers in respect of their general obligations in the areas of contract law, coronial inquiries, negligence and privacy
  • Acting on behalf of the Victorian State Government departments, including the Department of Human Services in coronial inquests, and other matters
  • Representing members of Victoria Police in regards to inquests, personal injury and other matters. These inquests have considered deaths involving police pursuits; suicide in police cells; deaths following apprehension and arrest; fatal shootings; railway crossing deaths linked to traffic control by police; and police handling of death investigations
  • Working with government on the preparation of responses, including assisting the Department of Justice to prepare a whole of government response to the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Law Reform Committee about reform of the Coroner’s Act 1985.
  • Representing Victoria's Metropolitan Ambulance Service on numerous inquiries and inquests