Grenfell Tower investigators should ensure no repeat of Hillsborough cover-up, says lawyer who worked on soccer disaster case

Grenfell Tower: 'Inquiry should not allow those responsible to dictate agenda like Hillsborough', says inquest lawyer

James Saunders spoke to Julia about the public inquiry to take place into the deaths after the tower caught fire on Wednesday

Friday, June 16, 2017

An inquest lawyer has said the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire should take pointers from the 1989 Hillsborough disaster - specifically the need to ensure a cover-up is avoided.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced there will be a full public inquiry into the incident, which has claimed the lives of at least 17 people after the west London tower block was engulfed in flames. 

James Saunders represents families in inquests for his work at Saunders Solicitors and worked on the Hillsborough case, which was tarnished by a cover-up by police in the months after the disaster.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer "the real question" is what would happen to correct the problem, saying those responsible shouldn't be allowed to "dictate the agenda", as happened in 1989.

He said: "I think it’s important the inquiry looks at the people who decide the amount of money available for safety. Hillsborough might provide one or two markers.

"It’s also about not being covered up, because the experience of Hillsborough was that after Lord Justice Taylor made a start [with his report on football safety four months after the disaster], those who were to blame were allowed to dictate the agenda.

"This is 28 years on, and make no mistake, those responsible [for the Grenfell Tower tragedy] may well try and avoid responsibility.

"We have to be alert to terms of reference, to ensuring politicians don’t slip out the back door."

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