Legal Representatives

Core Participants and witnesses submitting evidence can engage with the Inquiry directly, with the help of legal representation or with the assistance of the Inquiry team.  

Recognised legal representatives  

The following legal representatives have been designated as recognised legal representatives for core participants.

Core participants Recognised legal representative Counsel team Funded through the Inquiry?

Welsh Blood Service, Velindre NHS Trust

NHS England

Blake Morgan Debra Powell KC No

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

Scottish Regional Health Boards

Central Legal Office NHS NSS

Simon Bowie KC

Barney Ross


1094 individuals who have been infected or affected

Factor 8

The Fatherless Generation

Collins Solicitors

Steven Snowden KC

Brian Cummins


Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Directorate of Legal Services

Philip Aldworth KC

Mark Robinson


Department of Health

(Northern Ireland)

Departmental Solicitor's Office

Philip Aldworth KC

Mark Robinson


20 individuals who have been infected or affected

The Haemophilia Society
Eversheds Sutherland Katie Gollop KC Yes
Department of Health and Social Care Government Legal Department

Eleanor Grey KC

Nick Moss KC



Hempsons Andrew Kennedy KC Yes

311 individuals who have been infected or affected

The Hepatitis C Trust

Leigh Day

Fiona Scolding KC

Hannah Gibbs

17 individuals who have been infected or affected Milners

Sam Stein KC

Alan Barker


4 individuals who have been infected or affected

Saunders Law

Karon Monaghan KC

Philip Dayle


293 individuals who have been infected or affected

Haemophilia Scotland

Scottish Infected Blood Forum

Thompsons Solicitors Scotland

Jamie Dawson KC 

Heather Arlidge 


240 individuals who have been infected or affected

Haemophilia Northern Ireland

Haemophilia Wales

The Hepatitis B Positive Trust

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Lloyd Williams KC

Christian Howells


NHS Blood and Transplant


Charlie Cory Wright KC


Scottish Government 

Brodies LLP David Johnston KC   No


Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: I would like to participate in the Inquiry. Is it necessary to be represented by a lawyer?

A: No. You do not need to be represented by a lawyer to participate in the Inquiry. You can follow the work of the Inquiry through our website, newsletters and local meetings. 


Q: Why are there different firms representing people infected and affected?

A: You can find a list of legal representatives recognised by the Inquiry above. The Inquiry expects to receive around 2,500 witness statements. The Chair of the Inquiry designated a number of law firms to work with the Inquiry and represent core participants. This means that they are funded for representing their clients, taking witness statements from them, and doing other work linked to the Inquiry. Their clients are not charged for this work.


Q: Why have some people infected and affected chosen to be legally represented?

A: This is a personal choice that each individual has made for different reasons. When the Inquiry was taking evidence (until the end of 2022) legal representatives supported their clients in providing written statements and oral evidence, and as core participants.


Q: Is there any difference between the designated law firms?

A: A number of law firms have been involved for some years in representing people infected and affected in civil litigation and previous inquiries. Over the years they have gathered significant numbers of clients and are representing them in this Inquiry. Some firms represent people in specific parts of the UK.


Q: Which law firms are representing core participants?

A: The law firms that already represent core participants are: