Inquiry reappoints legal firm

  • Published: 5 January 2024
  • Topics: Statements

Independent UK law firm Burges Salmon has been reappointed to provide legal services to investigate the pandemic response, extending its work through to November 2026.

The Inquiry has instructed Burges Salmon since May 2022, with the updated £37.6 million contract securing the continuation of its services for the next three years.

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry has been set up to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to learn lessons for the future. It is an independent public inquiry and requires significant legal expertise to investigate the pandemic response.

Inquiry Chair, Baroness Hallett, has said she aims to conclude public hearings by summer 2026. The Inquiry has already made swift progress, with six investigations open. It has concluded public hearings for its first two investigations and public hearings for Module 2A – examining decision making and political governance in Scotland – will open this month.

Supporting the Inquiry’s legal investigations is Every Story Matters, the Inquiry’s UK-wide listening exercise, which provides an opportunity for any member of the public to share their experience of the pandemic and the impact it had on them, and their life, with the Inquiry. Every story shared will be valuable in shaping the Inquiry’s recommendations and help us to learn lessons for the future.

More information on Every Story Matters, including an opportunity to share personal experiences, can be found on the UK Covid-19 Inquiry website.