Kirsten Mercer represents interested person at the Inquest into the Reading Terror Attacks at the Old Bailey.

The inquests into the deaths of three friends who were killed during a terrorist attack in Forbury Gardens in Reading in June 2020 have begun.

Judge Coroner Sir Adrian Fulford is sitting at the Old Bailey to hear the inquests.

The criminal proceedings arising from the attack concluded in January 2021 when The Honourable Mr Justice Sweeney imposed a whole life term on the perpetrator of the attacks for the murder of James Furlong, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails.

Kirsten Mercer is instructed to attend throughout the proceedings which are expected to last for six weeks.

For press coverage please see the links below:


The Guardian 


Sky News

Kirsten Mercer is joint head of the Inquest & Inquiries team at PSQB. She is Ranked in both Chambers & partners and The Legal 500.

“Excellent combination of assertiveness and tact; she is especially valued in sensitive inquests.” Chambers & Partners (2024)

Kirsten has excellent understanding of the law and weaves this into her superb advocacy. She is a masterclass in inquest questioning – focused, clear and appropriate.’ Legal 500 (2024)

“Kirsten is a committed and client-focused advocate. She is worthy of the praise she receives.” Chambers & Partners 2023

Kirsten is a fearless advocate. She always has a full grasp of the facts, is resolute in court, and her examination of witnesses is consistently well-structured, concise and precise. Kirsten is unflappable.’ Legal 500 (2023)

Contact Kirsten’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Nichola Fox on 0113 2135213

Imogen Brown on 0113 2135225