Grenfell Tower Inquiry draws to a close

21 July, 2022

Today, Thursday 21 July 2022, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry hearings, led by Richard Millett QC, came to an end.

In May 2018 the Grenfell Tower Inquiry was created to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on the night of 14 June 2017. Over the course of four years, Richard Millett QC, with a team of counsel and civil servants, provided legal advice to the Chairman and advise on evidential matters. In two phases the Inquiry examined the origin and development of the fire, the response of the emergency services which attended the incident, the circumstances and cause of the disaster and made recommendations arising out of the findings.

Of the Inquiry Richard has said: “It seems like only yesterday that we opened the proceedings in May 2018 with three weeks of commemorations for those who lost their lives in the fire; and this afternoon, we heard the last presentation for the families still grieving for their lost loved ones who died that night. 

In the four years in between, as Lead Counsel, I and my brilliant teams of leading and junior counsel and solicitors adduced evidence from more than 260 witnesses and some 15 experts over a total of 358 days of oral evidence and submissions, based on a bundle of 300,000 or so key documents.  We have exposed in stark forensic detail the anatomy of that terrible night, and unpicked the myriad decisions and events in the years that led to the fire and its consequences, which have changed the shape of public discourse about risk and governance in modern Britain.”

Full reports from the Inquiry can be found here.