01st November 2014
Our team of Inquest Solicitors have many years of experience of helping families and other participants in Coroner’s Inquests. Often an Inquest will be the first, and sometimes the only way, that a person can establish how their loved-one died. In addition, an Inquest’s findings often shape the nature of any criminal investigation or subsequent prosecution, or even whether one will take place. As such, every Inquest is extremely important to the family of the deceased and also to any other interested party that might be involved, especially if there are subsequent criminal or civil proceedings. Cartwright King has experience of acting for organisations, employees, bereaved families and other interested parties at Inquests across the country.
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 organisations to account and ensuring, where appropriate, that lessons are learned and steps taken to prevent deaths in similar circumstances occurring again. Sometimes, an Inquest can be the first step in deciding whether a criminal prosecution or civil proceedings will take place.
Our expert Inquest Solicitors will make sure that you have the information and support you need, for example, by liaising with the Coroner and requesting disclosure to be provided prior to any hearing. Disclosure may include copies of reports of any post mortem examination, medical records, expert reports and other documents that are relevant to the investigation.
We have experience of dealing with a wide range of Inquests including deaths in prisons and police stations, hospitals, care homes, the workplace and road traffic accidents. We also have experience of challenging Coroner’s decisions in the High Court, for example, by way of judicial review.
For legal representation at an Inquest or pre-inquest review hearing or a free initial consultation, call Imogen Cox or Andrew Brammer at Cartwright King on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you.