Craig Hassall K.C. represents family at inquest with Open Conclusion.

The inquest touching the death of Rina Yasutake was held at Northallerton Coroners Court before the senior coroner for North Yorkshire Mr. Jon Heath.

Mr Hassall K.C. appeared on behalf of the family at the inquest having represented the deceased’s brother in the criminal proceedings in 2021. The trial was halted by the Recorder of York His Honour Judge Morris who ruled that the charges of prevention of lawful and decent burial of a dead body without lawful excuse should remain on file stating that the defendants suffered from an extremely rare mental affliction which led to them believing that Rina was still alive.

The Coroner did not establish a cause of death recorded an open conclusion.

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Head of the Regulatory and Public Law Team at PSQB and A-List Specialist Regulatory Advocate, Craig receives instructions in a wide range of regulatory cases. His regulatory practice includes serious health and safety and healthcare cases, often involving fatalities. He has appeared for both regulators and potential defendants at numerous inquests.

His regulatory crime practice encompasses criminal proceedings brought by a wide range of regulators in the areas of environmental crime, trading standards, fire safety and food safety and has a particular interest in cases involving allergen control.

Ranked in Tier 1 for Business and Regulatory Crime (including Health and Safety) and Inquests and Inquiries. The Legal 500 (2023) Ranked Silk for Health & Safety – Chambers & Partners (2023)

Craig is insightful and incisive. He is accessible, empathetic and hungry to do more in the space’. Chambers & Partners 2023
Craig is a fantastic barrister. The quality of the work he produces is first class, and his advocacy is powerful but in tune with the mood of the room’. Legal 500 (2023)
 ‘A superstar. Craig is personable, exceptionally intelligent, driven and empathetic. Clients warm to him instantly’. An excellent silk and ‘fantastic with the most vulnerable clients’.  Legal 500 (2023)

To instruct Craig or to discuss any aspect of his practice please contact his clerks.

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Lucy Burgin on 0113 2135213