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Corker Binning advises individuals involved in coroners’ inquests and public inquiries and is a member of INQUEST Lawyers Group.
Examining the circumstances surrounding a death is understandably traumatic and difficult, especially for close family members. We represent bereaved families and individuals summonsed to give evidence at an inquest into the death of another person. This may be the only chance to learn what happened to the deceased, so a bereaved family will want to make the most of the opportunity. We use our litigation skills to analyse the evidence available to the inquest or inquiry and prepare relevant questions.
For a witness, an inquest may carry the risk of self-incrimination or serious reputational harm. Although coroners cannot attribute blame or liability for the death, individuals can be compelled to give evidence at a public hearing. The matters raised and the eventual verdict could lead to a civil claim or a criminal investigation. We advise witnesses so that they are properly prepared in advance of the hearing and any action that may follow.
We also advise individuals at public inquiries, which are often lengthy and complex, and invariably attract significant media attention. We help to ensure that witnesses’ interests are protected throughout.
Examples of our work include advising participants in the Hillsborough Inquest, and the Bloody Sunday and Princess Diana Inquiries.