Whenever a post-mortem shows that a death isn’t from natural causes, there has to be an inquest. Even where death is from natural causes, an inquest may be necessary if the deceased was in state detention, either under arrest or in prison. And different procedures apply depending on where the death took place.
Since 2013, most inquests now take place within six months of death, one of a series of reforms by the Ministry of Justice aimed at putting the needs of bereaved families at the heart of the process. At the same time, Article Two of the Human Rights Act has led to an increase in the length of many inquests. There are stricter disclosure applications and due consideration must be given to the impact of the Coroner’s verdict and any conclusions included in Prevention of Future Death Reports.
Against this backdrop, organisations and individuals need proper representation and sound legal advice to guide them through the investigation and inquest process, helping them to fulfil their responsibilities, while protecting their position as witnesses or interested parties.
We represent individuals, public sector bodies and companies across many sectors, helping them to deal with what is often a traumatic experience. The skill of our team of solicitor advocates is bolstered by the expertise of an in-house barrister. Armed with this expertise, we can help clients understand their obligations and to respond appropriately to all types of inquests and inquiries, as well as providing specialist support on related matters such as civil or criminal proceedings, regulatory issues and health and safety prosecutions.