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The inquiry team

Chair – Sir Ross Cranston

Sir Ross Cranston is a professor of law at London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former Judge of the High Court of England and Wales, who sat in the Queen’s Bench Division and in 2016 became the judge in charge of the Administrative Court. In his political career, Sir Ross was MP for Dudley North between 1997 and 2005, and Solicitor General for England and Wales from 1998 to 2001.

Sir Ross has served on missions for UNCTAD, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank, the IMF and the European Commission. He was, until 2022, Chair of Trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, BAILII, which provides free access to British, Irish and European Union legal material. In 2018 he chaired a committee of JUSTICE, which published a report; Immigration and Asylum Appeals – a Fresh Look. In 2019 he conducted an independent assurance review of Lloyds Bank’s handling of claims arising from fraud committed at the HBOS Impaired Assets Office. 

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Counsel to the Inquiry – Rory Phillips KC

Rory Phillips KC was called to the Bar in 1984 and took silk in 2002. He has an exceptionally wide-ranging practice in the fields of commercial and public law. He has very considerable experience of inquiries and investigations and of leading and managing very substantial and high-profile litigation. He is often instructed in cases of the highest sensitivity, in new areas of the law or where procedural innovation is required.

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Solicitor to the Inquiry – Stephen Brown

Stephen qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 and worked as a legal aid lawyer for over 10 years before joining the Government Legal Department in 2004 where he is now a Senior Civil Servant leading the Public Inquiry team. Stephen has been involved in several other independent inquiries and was Deputy Solicitor to the Undercover Policing Inquiry for three years.

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Secretary to the Inquiry – Oliver Mulvey

Oliver has worked across a range of Civil Service roles since 2003, mostly in the Department for Transport. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director: Rail Strategy, a position he held from 2019. From 2012 to 2015, he worked at the independent Airports Commission, as the Head of Engineering, Operations and Surface Access Appraisals.