The Society has put together a strong team to represent it at the long-awaited Infected Blood Inquiry.
Our legal advisers are Eversheds Sutherland, a global legal practice with offices across the United Kingdom, that specialises in inquiries and investigations work.
The Society’s legal team will be led by Peter Jones, who has been a partner in Eversheds Sutherland for more than 30 years, and has vast experience of public inquiries in the UK. Peter will be assisted by Angharad Shurmer who is a Principal Associate in the company, and other team members.
The Eversheds Sutherland Inquiries and Investigations Team has acted for a number of governmental inquiries. These include the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry, as well as the Shipman Inquiry, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry which concerned child sex abuse. Angharad was the solicitor to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. Currently, the firm acts for two core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry as well as two core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
The Eversheds Sutherland team has acquired in-depth knowledge of how public inquiries in the UK work from the perspective of running a public inquiry as well as representing core participants, which we believe will be invaluable.
The Society’s internal Inquiry Team is led by Debra Morgan who will co-ordinate the work across our legal advisors, policy and research and communications. Debra is highly experienced in patient advocacy in rare diseases, including haemophilia, supporting the delivery of safe and effective care.
Supporting The Society in communications is Jo Tanner, a Co-Founder and Director of iNHouse Communications, an independent communications consultancy based in Westminster. Jo has been an advisor to both Conservative and Labour politicians and is featured in the PR Weekly Power Book of the most influential communications professionals. Jo and Debra will be assisted by Jessica Bomford, a former journalist and communications specialist.
The Society’s head of policy and programmes, Jeff Courtney will also be supporting our Inquiry Team while continuing his work on access to treatments, awareness and diagnosis, disability and work.
A special sub-group of The Society’s Trustees has been appointed to work on the Inquiry and are reporting back regularly to the full Board.
If you have any questions about The Haemophilia Society’s involvement with the Infected Blood Inquiry or would like to contact a member of our Inquiry Team, please email us at: [email protected]
Eversheds Sutherland are experts in dealing with public inquiries in the UK. Find out more here.