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inquests and investigations


Coroners’ inquests into unnatural deaths involving health and social care organisations are on the increase. They are particularly stressful for individuals called to give evidence, with the cases being held in public and often in front of family members of the deceased.

We know that every case is different and our approach is tailored to your requirements - inquests always require a combination of shrewd legal analysis and sensitive handling.

Our specialist inquest team advises on over 300 inquests per year, dealing with many complex and sensitive matters and has developed a nationally recognised expertise in the field of coronial law. Many of the witnesses we deal with are unfamiliar with the coroner’s court and have never given evidence before. We support them throughout the process, providing careful guidance on what to expect.

We have been working on behalf of public and private sector health organisations for many years, appearing before more than 50 different coroners across the country, lecturing nationally and hosting quarterly inquest and litigation forums.

what we do...

  • A total solution - we advise on related claims and policy issues, police investigations, Health & Safety Executive prosecutions and disciplinary action.

  • Review of statements to be sent to the coroner.

  • Advice on legal issues, disclosure of documents and likely determinations.

  • Advice on dealing with media and reputational issues.

  • Pre-inquest meetings with your people involved in the case.

  • Advocacy at the inquest and any pre-inquest hearings.

  • Assistance with responding to Prevention of Future Deaths (PFD) reports.

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Inquests statistics 2017 - what the numbers tell us

As has become a useful matter of a routine, the Chief Coroner’s statistics for 2017 have been released and whilst some of the subject matter may appear slightly dry, it is worth taking the time to understand what it tells us about the current landscape.

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Legal updates

Learning from deaths in the NHS – reflections on progress made one year on

In March 2017, the National Quality Board (NQB) published Learning from Deaths Guidance (the Guidance) which provides a framework for all NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts (except ambulance Trusts) for identifying, reporting, investigating and learning from deaths of patients in their care.

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Legal aid for families at inquest

The question of representation at inquest is always at the forefront of everyone’s minds and as someone who represents a wide variety of health, care, public and independent sector clients I often sit next to an unrepresented family.

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Legal updates

Fundamental dishonesty - Section 57 bites as the High Court offers welcomed guidance

Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 gives the court the power to dismiss a claim for damages where it is satisfied that, on the balance of probabilities, the claimant has been ‘fundamentally dishonest’ in relation to the claim, unless the claimant would otherwise suffer ‘substantial injustice’.

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