Charlotte Haworth Hird's notable cases

Charlotte's notable cases include:

Jeroen Ensink, deceased

Dr Jeroen Ensink was fatally stabbed by a mentally ill stranger who had recently been released from police custody. The inquest jury returned a critical verdict and the case resulted in a change to police procedure for the management of mentally vulnerable individuals in London.

Solicitor to the Independent QC Investigation

Charlotte was instructed as Solicitor to the investigation established by the Welsh Government into the decision to sack Carl Sargeant, a Welsh Assembly member who took his own life shortly after being removed from post.

Connor Sparrowhawk, deceased

Connor Sparrowhawk was an 18 year old man with a learning disability and epilepsy who drowned in an in-patient unit. The inquest jury returned a neglect conclusion and identified multiple failings that contributed to Connor’s death. The associated civil claim settled successfully including with an admission of liability and apology published on the Trust’s website. Following the family’s campaign, an HSE prosecution was brought in which the Trust pleaded guilty and were fined £2 million as a result of the death of Connor and another patient.

Janet Müller, deceased

Janet Müller was killed by a stranger after she escaped from a mental health ward whilst detained under the Mental Health Act. The inquest jury returned a highly critical conclusion at the inquest, and the civil claim settlement included an apology published on the Trust’s website.

Dean Saunders, deceased

Dean Saunders was a young man who electrocuted himself in prison during his first episode of psychosis. The jury found that his death was contributed to by neglect and identified numerous failings at each stage of Dean’s journey through the criminal justice system.

Liam Hardy, deceased

Liam was a 14 year old boy who took his own life whilst under the care of community mental health services. Both the Serious Case Review and inquest identified failings in the care that Liam received.

R (on the application of E) v Ministry of Justice

Judicial review following the death of an 18 year old in prison which resulted in the Harris Review being established, an independent review into the self-inflicted deaths of all 18-24 year olds in prison custody since April 2007.


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