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A Service Inquiry may be held into any matter connected with any of Her Majesty’s Forces. The functions of a Service Inquiry panel are to investigate and report on the facts relating to the matters specified in its terms of reference. The panel do this by receiving written or oral evidence and by considering documents that are produced to it.
The Armed Forces (Service Inquiries) Regulations 2008 stipulate that a “potentially affected person” may attend all or part of any Inquiry. A “potentially affected person” is a person, who in the opinion of the President of the Inquiry, may be affected in relation to his/her character or professional reputation by the findings of the Inquiry. Such a person is entitled to be legally represented at the Inquiry, to give evidence themselves, to have their legal representatives question witnesses and address the panel on their behalf. The President has the discretion to allow other interested parties to be present at the Inquiry who can also be legally represented
Parker Bullen has a wealth of military and legal knowledge to draw upon in order to effectively advise and assist individuals in relation to Service Inquiries. In addition we have experienced advocates willing and able to represent the interests of individuals at the Service Inquiry itself.