Inquests and inquiries
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We assist and advise individuals who find themselves involved in a coroner’s inquest or public inquiry.
We have experience of representing families of the bereaved, as well as individuals who are summonsed to give evidence at an inquest into the death of another person.
The purpose of an inquest is to establish who has died and, if possible, how, when and where a death occurred. For all parties involved, the examination by the coroner or judge into the circumstances surrounding the death is understandably traumatic and difficult.
For the family of the bereaved, an inquest may be their only chance to find out what happened to the deceased and they will rightly feel that they must make the most of the opportunity. Corker Binning’s specialist inquest solicitors are well equipped to assist in this respect and draw on their considerable experience of criminal litigation in order to analyse the evidence before the coroner and ask the questions on behalf of the family that need to be answered.
For a witness, an inquest may be equally significant. Whilst a coroner is not permitted to attribute any blame or liability for the death, individuals can be compelled to give evidence at the public hearing (failure to do so may result in a fine), and the matters raised and eventual verdict of the inquest could lead to a subsequent civil claim or a criminal investigation. Corker Binning can advise a witness so that he/she is properly prepared for the hearing and any potential action that may follow.
Corker Binning also advises individuals at public inquiries which, by their very nature, are likely to attract significant media attention and can be lengthy and complex. We advise witnesses throughout an inquiry to ensure that their interests are protected. Examples of our work in this area include advising participants in the Hillsborough Inquiry, the Leveson Inquiry and witnesses in the Bloody Sunday inquiry.
Corker Binning is a member of INQUEST Lawyers Group.