Inquests are enquiries into how, when and where someone has died. They are a fact finding inquiry conducted by a coroner and for those involved they can be confusing and daunting. Inquests are particularly distressing for those who have lost a loved one or who have been involved in a traumatic incident that has led to a death.
Our inquest lawyers specialise in representing families, witnesses, organisations or employees of organisations to ensure that their interests are fully represented during inquests. For families, the inquest may be the main opportunity to ask questions as to how a loved one may have died. We are experienced in acting for those who want their questions answered.
For others who appear as witnesses, the appearance at the inquest may be of very real importance. Whilst inquests are not held so as to attribute blame to individuals, in reality there may be much at stake for those compelled to appear.
At Olliers, our inquest team specialises in representing those who may have been the focus of a criminal investigation and who therefore may be required to give evidence at a subsequent inquest. Inquests often take place after a criminal investigation, but can also reach conclusions that trigger a second criminal investigation into a death. This makes effective, robust and proactive legal representation at the inquest particularly important. Our inquest lawyers have represented individuals who have initially faced criminal charges, as well as custody staff where there has been a death in custody, security staff involved in deportations, police doctors and medical staff. We also act for custody staff who may be involved in an IPCC investigation following a death in custody.
Whether you’re a witness, family member or professionally involved in an inquest our team at Olliers is perfectly placed to guide you through what is always a complex and challenging process.
If you are facing involvement in an inquest, contact Alex Preston on 0161 834 1515.