Retired Commissioner of the Royal Gibraltar Police Ian McGrail: Commission of Inquiry Update 20.10.2022 Image

Author: Charles Gomez & Co

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Mr. McGrail is represented by a team led by Charles Gomez, principal Barrister at Charles Gomez & Company.

The Inquiry into the reasons and circumstances leading to Mr Ian McGrail ceasing to be the Commissioner of the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) in June 2020, by taking early retirement, moves on relentlessly.

The Inquiry is headed by Sir Charles Peter Lawford Openshaw, a retired judge of the High Court of England and Wales, who was appointed on the 4th of February 2022 by the Governor of Gibraltar Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE, DL.

There have already been two preliminary hearings and, because the Inquiry is public, a website was set up which clearly defines the issues and the process which is expected to lead to a full hearing in March 2023.


The sudden departure of Mr McGrail from the post of the Crown’s principal law enforcement officer in Gibraltar has been the source of great interest not just in Gibraltar, but also in the United Kingdom, where there has already been press coverage.

The Inquiry was convened on the insistence of Mr McGrail himself and following some debate in the Gibraltar Parliament.

Several affidavits (sworn statements) have already been filed and the Inquiry has invited interested parties to file information on the various serious matters under consideration.

Charles Gomez & Co act for Mr McGrail and have instructed two prominent London Counsel, Ms Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, and Mr Adam Wagner, who both have extensive experience in Human Rights and inquiry practice.

A further Preliminary Hearing is expected to take place before the end of the year.

Historical Note

The Royal Gibraltar Police is the oldest British Police Force after the Metropolitan Police, having been created in 1830.


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