The law relating to inquests is complex and the process can be daunting and confusing. Our inquest solicitors have an established record of representing families, other interested persons and witnesses. We have acted in many high profile cases such as the Westminster Bridge terror attack, The 7/7 London Bombings and Diana Princess of Wales.
Although an inquest will not lead to a finding that an individual or an organisation is to blame for someone’s death, it can be a very important part of the process of holding people or bodies to account and in ensuring, where appropriate, that steps are taken to prevent deaths in similar circumstances occurring again. In some circumstances, an inquest can be the first step in deciding whether to bring a claim for damages against an employer or hospital or medical professional.
Dealing with an inquest as a family
For families, an inquest conducted by a coroner can be the first and sometimes only way of establishing how their loved one died. With this in mind, we will help to guide you through the inquest process, seeking to minimise the difficulty and distress that may arise.
Dealing with an inquest as an organisation
For senior managers and members of staff in an organisation, an inquest can be a very challenging process of scrutiny and accountability, with potentially significant reputational and commercial consequences.
We will work together with you from the beginning to assist you through every step of the inquest process. We provide sensible advice concerning critical decisions made by the coroner throughout the process, as well as any further steps you may wish to take following the conclusion.
The team is led by Adam Chapman. Our substantial expertise in inquests extends across the firm, including members of our public law, clinical negligence, health and safety and criminal litigation teams, allowing us to resource a truly expert team according to the context and demands of the case.