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Inquests

If you’re involved in a coroner’s inquest into a death, whether as a relative or organisation, we offer specialist legal advice and assistance throughout the entire process.

Our vast experience spans many different types of cases where an inquest is opened following a state body’s or private organisation’s involvement in a death. From work-related deaths that require formal investigations to contentious deaths that occur following police contact or at a hospital, we offer specialist support and guidance aimed at ensuring our clients are fully and effectively represented.

Read our guide: Inquests

The Purpose and Procedure of an Inquest

When someone’s death is considered non-natural (such as deaths in a business premises, on building sites or during employment), occurs following contact with or in the care of a public body (such as deaths when in police custody or involving poor medical treatment) or the cause is unknown, a coroner will be legally required to carry out an investigation and open an inquest.

An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is aimed at scrutinising and establishing the circumstances surrounding someone’s death. They are often complex, involving highly detailed examinations of policies, procedures and evidence. A coroner’s verdict or decision provides a narrative account of the circumstances that led to the death. Although they do not seek to attribute blame or responsibility, they are a means for establishing accountability, which can raise issues of civil or criminal liability.

If you are deemed an interested party, whether as a family member or organisation, you should be legally represented. We draw on our vast experience of inquest work to ensure you’re thoroughly represented and fully supported. We will also help you prepare for the outcome, including the possibility of challenging a coroner’s verdict via judicial review or dealing with any further consequences that are beyond the scope of the inquest procedure, such as civil or criminal proceedings.

Saunders Law – Coroner’s Inquests Specialist Legal Advice

At Saunders Law, we offer expert legal assistance and representation in inquests and inquiries into non-natural deaths. We’re well-known for our inquest work and thorough approach to complex cases.

We are ranked as a leading firm in The Legal 500 for Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Administrative and Public Law, and in Chambers & Partners for Police Law: Mainly Claimant.

For a free, no-obligation, initial discussion of how we may be able to help, please contact us today.

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