Inquests


Our inquest team have a significant breadth of experience in inquest work and specialise in all types of inquests. Whether acting for the family of the deceased, a witness to a death or an individual or agency suspected of being involved in an incident resulting in a death, our inquest team will provide first class guidance, support, advice and representation throughout the whole inquest process.

Members of our inquest team have extensive experience in dealing with complex and long running inquests, in some cases where article 2 of the ECHR is engaged. Such cases include deaths in custody, death following police restraint or contact, prison deaths, military deaths and deaths where the deceased was vulnerable perhaps by reason of age or mental illness and was under the care of the state in some way.

We have specialist regulatory and disciplinary barristers who appreciate the importance of giving proper advice to potential witnesses who may be at risk of prosecution and/or whose activities may be called in to question. We understand the significance of the evidence that is given at such proceedings most particularly as it may relate to prosecutions under health and safety regulation or road traffic provision. We have experience of judicial review in such proceedings and the use of evidence in such proceedings in subsequent criminal trials. We have experience of representing the interests of the National Health Service, hospital patients, care homes, clients of care homes, employers, those in work, drivers, those involved in road traffic incidents, the prison service and prisoners.

We have specialist advocates with expertise in personal injury and clinical negligence matters who understand the importance and implications of an inquest finding on a potential future claim. In the context of a death in hospital or a death related to medical care, specialist clinical negligence barristers in our team will provide a level of expertise from the early stages of an inquest to any potential future claim for damages. Likewise in any future possible fatal accident claim, our team have a full depth of knowledge to be able to provide the advice and representation needed.

The team thoroughly understand the nuances of the Coronial process, the nature of advocacy required at these hearings and the related procedure. Members regularly lecture on the topic both locally and nationally. We will always consider alternative funding arrangements including fixed or capped fees where this is appropriate.

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.

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