Inquest Advice

An inquest is a formal, public fact finding inquiry, conducted by a coroner. Its purpose is to determine where, when and how someone, died. 

Often an inquest will be the first, and sometimes the only way, that a person finds out how their loved-one died.

In addition, an inquest’s findings may well shape the nature of any subsequent civil trial or criminal investigation, if either happens. It is important to note, however, that the inquest, itself, is not an enquiry designed to apportion civil or criminal blame. 

The law relating to inquests is complex and the process can be daunting and confusing. Our experienced inquest solicitors can guide you through the process,  helping to minimise the confusion and distress that participation in an inquest can bring.

Inquests can be an important part of the process of holding individuals or organisations 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, hospital or medical professional.

For a witness, an inquest may be equally significant. Whilst a coroner is not permitted to attribute any blame or liability for a death, individuals can be compelled to give evidence at the public hearing. 

We can advise and assist a witness so they are properly prepared for the hearing and any potential action that may follow.

An early consultation is strongly recommended so bereaved relatives better understand the process and know how to prepare. We also understand that not every family wants, or even needs, representation at the inquest.  We can give you practical and sensible guidance relevant to your particular circumstances.

To make an online enquiry you can contact us here. Or to speak to our team, call 0114 266 6660.

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