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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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Simon Tait

Partner and head of Health Advisory and Litigation

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