Our highly-regarded inquest unit specialises in the representation of organisations and individuals at coroners' inquests of national and international significance.

Inquest law can be complex and the process itself daunting and traumatic. Being well prepared is key and it is vital that evidence is properly marshalled and provided in proper context.

Located across the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, our specialist lawyers provide practical assistance and advice on the inquest process for public bodies, local authorities, and companies and individuals in the rail, healthcare, construction, mining and manufacturing sectors, amongst others.

We have noted expertise in:

  • Practice and procedure of the Coroner’s Courts, including providing representation
  • Taking witness statements – including some of a very technical nature
  • Preparing witness reports
  • Providing familiarisation training to witnesses giving evidence at inquests
  • Pre-inquest hearings and reviews
  • A variety of interview techniques to elicit sensitive and important information, often from traumatic memories
  • UK Regulation 28 recommendations
  • Jury inquests
  • Article 2 inquests and other European Convention on Human Rights issues
  • Limiting the costs of the inquest process, in financial terms as well as management time and resource, and claims that follow inquests
  • Navigating the relationship between inquests and parallel criminal investigations, and helping clients to minimize adverse impact form one to another
  • Dealing with media scrutiny
  • Advising on learning lessons from deaths to help improve safety for the future.

A broad range of experience

We have a committed and fully-resourced team able to respond and provide assistance at short notice. From lawyers who work primarily within the healthcare sector, to those dedicated to other heavy industries, our combined expertise in the field of inquest law is extensive and unrivalled.

Public inquiries

Where through complexity or public importance an inquest takes the form of a public inquiry, we have a team who have acted in numerous high-profile inquiries.

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