Chris Sutton-Mattocks is a leading expert in Coronial/inquest law and procedure. As well as being Assistant Coroner for NW Kent and Surrey, NE Kent, Central and SE Kent, Mid Kent and Medway, he heads the 5 King’s Bench Walk team of specialist barristers and has helped make Chambers a centre of excellence in the field.
He began as a general practitioner conducting cases in the family and criminal courts, together with High Court and County Court civil litigation. After some years he specialised as a criminal defence barrister conducting a variety of cases including serious fraud, murder, terrorism, rape and arson. Whilst largely retired from criminal work he will still occasionally undertake privately funded defence cases.
In 2008 his interest in Coronial law began to take greater prominence when he was appointed Deputy Assistant Coroner. He continues in the same role (re-named following the 2009 Act) and attends regular updated training sessions. He lectures the Chambers' Coronial team and ensures that all members of the team are up to date with changes to the law and procedure.
In recent years he has acted for family members who have lost loved ones as well as for public/local authorities. He has a particular niche specialisation when he acts for the Court itself as Counsel to the Inquiry in serious inquests involving Article 2.
In recent years he has been instructed in cases and/or tried cases involving deaths in action in Afghanistan (both deaths due to terrorist activity and deaths caused by ‘friendly fire’), road traffic deaths, deaths in custody, allegations of medical negligence, motor racing deaths, possible suicides, homicides, drug misuse and many others.
Following many years of practice in the field Chris Sutton-Mattocks is very aware of the sensitivity of inquest work and is adept at supporting grieving families in difficult circumstances whilst at the same time being assiduous in his professional duty to discover the truth of what occurred and why.