18:36, June 28 515 0 theguardian.com

2017-06-28 18:36:03
Grenfell Tower inquiry to be led by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick

The retired court of appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster, sources have confirmed. The death toll from the fire is now believed to be around 80, the majority of whom lived in just 23 flats.

The prime minister, Theresa May, has insisted that residents will be given a say over the direction of the investigation and Sir Martin’s appointment is expected to be officially announced on Thursday.

As a lawyer, Sir Martin specialised in commercial law before spending more than 20 years as a judge of the commercial court and the court of appeal.

Survivors and the families of those who died in the devastating blaze will be given state funding for legal representation at the inquiry. The prime minister said a full judge-led inquiry was needed to ensure that the events at the 24-storey block were “properly investigated”.