Inquests

Specialist inquest solicitors representing families, organisations, other interested persons and witnesses.

"Clients are ‘very impressed with the degree of care’ Kingsley Napley LLP has in handling judicial reviews, public inquiries, inquests and regulatory matters."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

The law relating to inquests is complex and the process can be daunting and confusing. Our inquest solicitors have an established record of representing families, other interested persons and witnesses.  We have acted in many high profile cases such as the Westminster Bridge terror attack, The 7/7 London Bombings and Diana Princess of Wales.

Although an inquest will not lead to a finding that an individual or an organisation is to blame for someone’s death, it can be a very important part of the process of holding people or bodies to account and in ensuring, where appropriate, that steps are taken to prevent deaths in similar circumstances occurring again. In some circumstances, an inquest can be the first step in deciding whether to bring a claim for damages against an employer or hospital or medical professional.

Dealing with an inquest as a family

For families, an inquest conducted by a coroner can be the first and sometimes only way of establishing how their loved one died. With this in mind, we will help to guide you through the inquest process, seeking to minimise the difficulty and distress that may arise. 

Dealing with an inquest as an organisation

For senior managers and members of staff in an organisation, an inquest can be a very challenging process of scrutiny and accountability, with potentially significant reputational and commercial consequences.

Inquest solicitors

We will work together with you from the beginning to assist you through every step of the inquest process. We provide sensible advice concerning critical decisions made by the coroner throughout the process, as well as any further steps you may wish to take following the conclusion.  

The team is led by Adam Chapman. Our substantial expertise in inquests extends across the firm, including members of our public lawclinical negligencehealth and safety and criminal litigation teams, allowing us to resource a truly expert team according to the context and demands of the case.

If you require more information,  please see our Inquest FAQs setting out key inquest questions you may have as an individual, family or an organisation.

recent Inquest cases

  • Representing the sisters of PC Keith Palmer, victim of the Westminster Bridge terror attack
  • Diana Princess of Wales
  • Mr Dodi Al Fayed Jean
  • Charles de Menezes
  • The 7/7 London bombings
  • Advising a family in connection with challenging the coroner’s decisions on the ambit of investigation
  • Representing interested persons in sensitive and complex inquests involving deaths in state custody and advising upon Reports to Prevent Future Death
  • Representing the family in an inquest concerning a hospital’s failure to identify flaws in the treatment provided to a family member
  • Representing a company at which a fatal accident had occurred in inquest proceedings and the related police and HSE investigation
  • Following an unsatisfactory inquest into the death of a family member in hospital, advice on an application to the Attorney General under section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988 for a second inquest
  • Representation of an interested person in an inquest into the death of a civilian worker in Iraq  

 

What directories have said about us

One of their main strengths is the personal touch - you get the sense the lawyers really care about the work they undertake and you as a client."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2019

Experience, willingness to challenge and be challenged, understanding of legislation, regulations and drafting skills."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2018

Sources praise the group's abilities in 'sensitive, high-profile, politically inflected work' and attest that 'what is really refreshing is their commitment to their clients and the care they take'..." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

 

 

Knowledgeable, responsive, thoughtful, professional, well networked and well connected, with a touch of elegance which goes beyond what one normally encounters in a legal firm.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

The team is small but packs a punch well above its size: they are quick, flexible, continuously on the ball and efficient.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

Legal advice is always given with an awareness and deep experience of the wider legal context (in our case, public inquiries) and a sensitivity to the client’s objectives.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

 

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