Photo: Inquiry Chair Martin Moore-Bick (Christ’s College, Oxford University)
Every bereaved family from the Grenfell Tower fire will have the opportunity to make a statement to the public inquiry, which opens today.
The commemoration hearings, that will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington, are expected to last for two weeks with no limit on how long each person can speak for.
Lead counsel to the inquiry, Richard Millett, said beginning the proceedings in this way will mean that “we will never lose sight of who our work is for and why we are doing it”.
The official inquiry, chaired by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will then begin taking evidence from other individuals, organisations, and expert witnesses.
This first phase of the inquiry will focus on the facts of the night in North Kensington, including where and how the fire started, how it spread and how the building was evacuated.
The second phase will then consider the fire occurred and whether mistakes were made by organisations that were responsible for keeping those living there safe.