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Public Inquiry Compensation Claims

A public inquiry can be set up by the government to investigate events which are of wide public concern. Some of the more high-profile inquiries of recent years include the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry and the Levenson Inquiry.

The focus of an inquiry is first to determine exactly what happened, and then to say what must be done to prevent it from happening again. At the end of the process, an inquiry will produce a report detailing the key factual findings and any recommendations. Public inquiries do not have powers to say that an individual or organisation is liable, but any inquiry findings may be used to start a criminal or civil case.

Any person who had played a role in the matters being investigated by the inquiry or who has a significant interest in them can be designated a ‘core participant’ by the inquiry. Core participants can be awarded funding to pay for legal representation at a public inquiry.

Participating in a public inquiry can be a daunting and overwhelming experience for individuals and there will often be intense media interest.

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How much will my claim cost?

All public inquiry cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

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"It has been labelled the 'worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS', in which nearly 3,000 people have lost their lives."

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