At Browne Jacobson, we recognise that the inquest process is a daunting prospect for witnesses and can carry a high risk of criticism for the organisation. Our highly-experienced team provides skilled advice and representation to organisations involved in complex and high-profile coroner inquests.
We’ll guide you through the coroner inquest process, helping witnesses feel more at ease and ensuring your organisation is able to answer those important questions.
We’ll support your organisation at an early stage, advising on evidence, likely risk or reputational damage. We’ll help with organisational learning strategy to help mitigate a Prevention of Future Deaths report. And we’ll provide honest and pragmatic advice across all areas of the inquest process.
Our experienced team of barristers, including a part-time HM Assistant Coroner, brings together decades of inquest experience and expertise.
We represent the interests of NHS bodies, private health organisations, local authorities, educational institutions, national regulators and global companies.
We provide representation to clients across the country for inquests lasting days, or weeks. Whether you require robust advice and representation or simply reassurance, we’ll tailor our approach to your needs, helping to ensure your organisation navigates the inquest process in the best way possible.
Inquest concerning the death of a toddler murdered by her mother, examining communications and processes between agencies for safeguarding minors.
Inquest examining care provided to ex-service personnel and how community mental health services link to care provided by the MOD.
Four combined inquests investigating deaths following routine ERCP procedures undertaken by the same trainee surgeon.
Inquest to examine the company working practices following criminal conviction of delivery driver for death of pedestrian. Causation not established.
“Nursing and medical staff praise and thank Luke for his sound knowledge of our policies, procedures, awareness and understanding of each case, and of his support and assistance at inquests which are described as one of the worst times in their careers’ but made considerably more bearable by Luke’s involvement.”
“Just wanted to thank you for all your support with the inquest, Sarah. We would not have had the outcome we did without all your hard work and dedication. It was lovely to work with you!”
“Ian is very experienced and a safe pair of hands”
“What a great result you had with this case, Sam. I’m sure our success was down to your presentation of the case and it was an outcome that was well received considering how high profile this one was.”
In this session, our speakers discussed fundamentals of disclosure, general points on disclosure & Post-Pandemic, interested Persons & Patient Safety Incident Response, and how we can help & Takeaway Tips.
In this session, our speakers discussed gave an overview of inquests in relation to deaths in custody and discussed three key themes; Documentation Provision, Communication, and Decision making. They also discussed Healthcare in a prison setting - manging the unique challenges.
It is important to bear in mind the legal framework when planning discharge and conveyance plans but practicalities are also key.
The panel of experienced Coroners gave an outline of the current backlog and the pandemic recovery plan implemented in their jurisdiction.
Consent is often a key issue in obstetric claims and if it is relevant to the facts of the death, its likely to be an area explored by a coroner.
This video illustrates some of the issues that can arise when a witness is poorly prepared.
This film highlights the importance of creating an open and transparent culture where staff feel able to speak up will help Trusts to identify problematic practise before significant issues arise.
In this Shared Insights session we discussed how different Coroners are approaching recovery from the pandemic.
The aim of this film is to help clinical witnesses to prepare for giving evidence remotely and to illustrate how best a witness can help the Coroner and the family during a remote inquest hearing.
Insights were shared on procedure, witness statements, withdrawing admissions and taking screenshots and photos in remote hearings.
Guidance for NHS Trusts on how to prepare for remote inquests.
The second victim and supporting clinicians through investigations, complaints, claims and inquests.
Carl May-Smith discusses the guidance and risk assessments for PPE, documenting decisions about PPE strategy and responding to PPE shortages in relation to Covid-19.