Gemma Vine

Gemma Vine

Associate Solicitor, Head of Civil Liberties

I am Head of the Civil Liberties Department and I am a nationally-recognised specialist in Civil Liberties, with particular expertise in Inquest law and Actions against the Police. As a qualified Legal Aid Supervisor, I manage a dedicated team who can assist with these areas in addition to assisting clients who wish to complain against the Police.

My particular expertise is in representing families at Inquests involving deaths in custody and I have been instructed on a number of high profile inquests including;

Inquest touching on the death of Kesia Leatherbarrow involving the death of a 17 year old vulnerable girl following contact with Greater Manchester Police

Inquest touching on the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd who died from carbon monoxide poisoning on a Thomas Cook Holiday in October 2006.

Inquest touching on the death of Sara Green involving the death of a vulnerable 17 year old girl whilst a patient at the Priory in Cheadle

Given the public interest which these cases attract, I am experienced in devising strategies for my clients in handling media attention.

In 2014 I placed first at the British Legal Awards for my role as an Assistant Solicitor and was described by judges as “an exceptional associate with measurable success in a difficult area of the profession” and my dedication in representing bereaved families was also recognised in 2010, when I was “Highly Commended” in the Junior Lawyer of the Year category at the Law Society Excellence Awards.

I am proud to be closely associated with ‘INQUEST’, a charitable advice service to bereaved people and others on contentious deaths and their investigation.   I am a member of ‘INQUEST Lawyers Group’, ‘INQUEST Lawyers Steering Group’ and the ‘Police Actions Lawyers Group’.

Publications

Jury return highly critical conclusion in self-inflicted prison death inquest (Minton Morrill Website, December 2015)

Second transgender prison death in a month (Minton Morrill Website, December 2015)

R (Tyrrell) v Coroner for Co Durham & Darlington (Minton Morrill Website, November 2015)

Transgender death in Leeds Prison (Minton Morrill Website, November 2015)