What to expect from an Inquest
Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession
The team has an established record of representing families, other interested persons and witnesses. Inquests in relation to which members of the team have acted include: Diana Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed; Jean Charles de Menezes; and the 7/7 London bombings.
For families, an inquest conducted by a coroner can be the first and sometimes only way of establishing how their loved one died. For interested persons and witnesses an inquest can be a very challenging process of scrutiny and accountability, with potentially significant reputational and commercial consequences.
Unfortunately, the law relating to inquests is complex and the process can be daunting and confusing. With this in mind we will help to guide you through both, seeking to minimise the difficulty and distress that may arise.
We recognise that 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.
We work hard to ensure everyone gets the support and advice they need, and we will work together with you from the beginning to assist you through every step of the process, and afterwards.
The team is led by Adam Chapman. Our substantial expertise in inquests extends across the firm, and includes members of our clinical negligence, health and safety and criminal teams, allowing us to resource a truly expert team according to the context and demands of the case.
Partner and Head of Department
They have exceptional capabilities, their strengths are enormous and we have been extremely pleased with the work the public law team has done.
Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016
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