Tracey Paskins

Miss Tracey Paskins

Call: 2002 Lincoln’s Inn
LL.B. (Hons) Middlesex University

Tracey Paskins is a member of the Family Team.

Her main areas of practice are family public law, ancillary relief and inquests. Tracey also accepts direct access instructions.

Tracey is a member of the family team and over half of her work is in public law cases. She appears in the High Court, County Court and Family Proceedings Court. Tracey is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents, grandparents and children’s guardians in complex cases involving shaking baby syndrome, non-accidental injuries, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional harm, mental health issues, domestic violence and jurisdiction issues.

Tracey has an established practice in coronial law and has acted in inquests involving suicides, prison deaths, deaths in custody, accidental death, unlawful killing and neglect. The range of inquests which Tracey has been instructed include complex multi agency related deaths to high profile Article 2 inquests. Tracey’s experience conducting cases before juries stems from her previous practice in crime and has continued for many years during inquests.

Tracy retains a working knowledge of crime which often assists in advising clients in family cases and at inquests.

Examples of work in family:

LCC v P & B & L (2011) – involving non-accidental injuries.

LCC v C & W (2010) – 5 day fact finding before Mr Justice McFarlane. This was a baby shaking/impact case resulting in serious permanent brain injuries and minimal quality of life.

RCC v W F (2010) – 5 day fact finding before HHJ Lea. This was a baby shaking case resulting in serious permanent brain injuries. Tracey was instructed by Rutland County Council.

LCC v M & L & R (2010) – 4 day fact finding hearing before HHJ Lea. The Respondent Mother, who suffers from a multiple personality disorder, had mounted a campaign of harassment against the Respondent Father. Extensive allegations included an attempted arson by the Mother when she set fire to all the entrance/exit points to the house, in the early hours of the morning, where the Father and their child were sleeping; and rape allegations.

N & N (2010) – Tracey was instructed on behalf of the Guardian in a case involving serious domestic violence leading to the Mother attempting suicide, requiring hospital treatment.


Examples of work in Inquests:

Mr Parekh (2011) – suicide in prison – considered the procedure regarding remand prisoners with potential Category A status resulting in a Rule 43 recommendation to the Ministry of Justice in respect of the provision of the earliest information in respect of a potential Category A prisoner to enable a quicker determination of their status.

Cameron John Jamieson (2011) – Rule 43 recommendation to slow the speed of traffic at a notorious junction.

Sean Walsh (2010) – 4 week jury inquest following a death in police custody – involving extensive complex medical evidence including the signs, symptoms and consequences of alcohol withdrawal and the ramifications for training and best practice in the custody suite.

Anthony Walker (2010) – 5 day jury inquest – hanging in prison which highlighted concerns in respect of the impact of IPP sentences.

Daniel Hollington (2010) – 3 day inquest – A roofer who fell 40ft to his death through a skylight as a result of a failure to provide an adequate safety system and inadequate site supervision. Under Rule 43 the Coroner recommended changes to roofing standards to prevent further deaths. 

William Gilmour (2010) – mental health issues – hanging in Berrywood Hospital, Northampton.

Andrew Williams (2010) – suicide following the disclosure of post-mortem results in respect of the deceased’s baby son.


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