Inquests are held in the Coroner's Court if a person has died a violent, unnatural, or sudden death of which the cause is unknown. The purpose of the Inquest is to ascertain the cause of death and whether systemic failures have contributed to it.
Ruth Bundey, a longstanding Partner, is our Inquest Specialist and has dealt with and appeared at very many inquests, many of which are high profile. Exceptional funding is usually available from the Legal Services Commission for such cases, since Article Two of the Human Rights Act, "The Right to Life", is engaged. The overriding concern of families is to ensure that any failures are exposed, lessons learned, and other lives are not similarly lost.
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We act for the families of those who have died in prison or police stations or after other contact with the police, e.g. a police chase or police shooting. These Inquests are held with a jury after very detailed investigations have taken place into the facts. As a firm, we also represent families who have lost a relative in untoward circumstances in a hospital or care home.
James Thompson (Head of our Clinical negligence team) and Gareth Naylor (Head of Personal Injury team) ensure that appropriate representation is provided at any ensuing inquest. In addition to Ruth, they are both always happy to advise on the law with regard to pursuing claims for loss arising from any negligence from third parties.
Recorded causes of death include:
- Accident or misadventure
- Alcohol/drug related
- Industrial disease
- Natural causes
- Road traffic collision
- Unlawful killing
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