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Obtaining the answers you need to move forward
We understand that this can be one of the most emotionally troubling and harrowing times for you. We recognise just how difficult it can be to deal with an inquest matter on top of grieving for your loved one.
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We are conscious of the often highly deficient and poor-quality investigations carried out by state authorities following a death.
It is often the case that information provided by those responsible for investigating the death can be poor in quality, deficient or simply non-existent.
We will work with you in an empathic way to obtain the answers that you need to move forward. We want to ensure that the outcome is one that is fair and gets to the truth.
An inquest is an inquiry to find the answers to a limited but important set of questions, namely:
- Who the deceased was
- When they died
- Where they died
- How they came by their death.
Coroners are required to open an inquest if there is reasonable cause to suspect that the death was due to anything other than natural causes. An inquest will for example be opened if the death was sudden and of unknown cause. It can also be opened if it is a suspected suicide.
In certain cases a coroner is obliged to open an inquest even when the death is from natural causes. An example would be when someone has been in state detention or they were in police or prison custody at the time of their death.
Although an inquest is a fact-finding process, we can also assist you with preparing a claim for compensation if you later decide that is something you would like to explore.
With the benefit of decades of experience representing families in inquests, we provide expert legal advice, assistance, and representation in inquest matters. We can assist you from helping you make legal submissions in the preliminary stages, to full legal representation at pre-inquest review and final inquest hearings.
We have advised clients in a full range of inquests. Examples of matters we have acted in include:
- Deaths during or following police contact, for example, Police shootings and restraint deaths.
- Deaths where the deceased was detained under the Mental Health Act at the time.
- Deaths of individuals known to mental health services.
- Deaths in hospital, where there is the suspicion that the death resulted from negligence or poor treatment.
- Deaths of children in foster care or who were under the care of social services.
We are experienced in dealing with both normal, Article 2 or jury inquests. We are regularly called upon to make submissions on behalf of clients seeking to widen the scope of an inquest to one of Article 2 status.
We also support the work of the charity INQUEST and our lawyers are members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG).
We want to ensure that the outcome is one that is fair and gets to the truth.
We offer legal aid, conditional fee agreements, deferred fee funding and private funding arrangements.
To discuss your matter with a member of our team, please call us on 020 3540 4444 or contact us here.
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