7/7 Inquest Concludes

The long-running inquest into the 7/7 London bombings has ended, with the inquest’s Deputy Assistant Coroner, Lady Justice Hallett, concluding that delays in response by the emergency services did not cause the death of any of the victims.

However, she did criticise some lapses by emergency services and MI5, and she has made nine recommendations. More than 700 people were injured and 52 people died in the attacks in 2005. Hallett LJ reached a verdict of unlawful killing. She ruled that no more inquiries should be held into the bombings.

However, some families are calling for a further inquiry. The inquest, which lasted 19 weeks, closed with the names of the 52 victims being read to the court.

July’s Counsel will carry a feature on the inquest, by Max Hill QC.