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Funding options for inquests & public inquiries

Funding options

Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to secure public funding for inquest representation, or if that is not available we may offer representation on a “no win-no fee basis. Our team has represented at Public Inquiries where public funding has been secured to enable victims and families to take part.

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Seeking answers and accountability

Seeking answers and accountability

Inquests play a hugely important role in ensuring justice is served for those who lose their lives and ensuring lessons are learned to better protect the public in the future.

In cases when deaths have involved some recent contact with state bodies such as the prison service, the police, immigration officials or the NHS,  Coroners can hold inquests under Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), which extends their scope to consider whether the state breached its duty of care to protect the deceased’s ‘right to life’.

Public Inquires investigate some of the biggest tragedies, failings and miscarriages of justice in our country and are held to ensure full and impartial investigations are carried out when things have gone badly wrong.

 

 

Legal representation at inquests

Legal representation at inquests

Inquests are publicly held court hearings, meaning the actions of public bodies are placed under scrutiny – often with media in attendance.

It is quite common for state bodies to face accusations of incompetence, neglect and substandard care, and as such, they are more often than not represented at inquests by legal teams who are employed to launch a firm defence of any suggestions they have failed in their duties.

For that reason, the role of a specialist lawyer to support families at inquests involving the state is now needed more than ever.

With the right advice and legal support, an inquest is often the first step on a journey towards answers for families who lose loved ones, holding any individuals or bodies to account, and preventing others suffering the same fate in the future.

It is why our team are dedicated to providing specialist inquest legal support to families, as we believe it is a time when it is needed most.

Legal representation at Public Inquiries

Legal representation at Public Inquiries

Public Inquiries play a hugely influential role in ensuring vital lessons are learned from some of the most devastating events and injustices we see in our country.

At Hudgell Solicitors our lawyers have represented at inquiries investigating the circumstances of disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire and the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, which identified failings by MI5, in security services and the emergency response on the night.

We have also represented at the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry, which has examined how former sub-postmasters came to be wrongfully prosecuted for crimes they had not committed at the.

Public Inquires are held to ensure people are fully questioned and held to account for their actions, but are also a process which can help rebuild public confidence after a major incident or failing, and lead to important changes being made to better protect us all in future years.

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How we can represent you

How we can represent you

Explained in five easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a call back, or complete our online form and one of our team will assess whether we feel able to represent you.

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Apply For Funding

Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to secure public funding for representation.

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Disclosure

We will seek disclosure from relevant sources to ensure we can provide the best legal representation of your case.

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Submissions and hearing

Ahead of any inquest or Public Inquiry we will make submissions to the Coroner / Chair, setting out key aspects of our case.
We will then support your throughout the hearing, ensuring you fully understand the process, evidence and findings.

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Verdict / Findings

At the conclusion of an inquest or Public Inquiry our legal team will review the findings and any recommendations, and advise as to further possible legal action and potential civil claims.

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Client stories

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Former subpostmistress has named cleared in court after 20 years – and heads straight to Public Inquiry to see Paula Vennells give evidence

Six more former Subpostmasters had long-standing convictions relating to the Post Office Horizon scandal quashed in court this morning – as former chief executive Paula Vennells began giving her long-awaited evidence at the Public Inquiry. Having lived for two decades wrongfully labelled a convicted criminal, former Merseyside Subpostmistress Sushma Blaggan headed straight from the Royal […]

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Parliamentary Inquiry: Zahra’s Birth Trauma Experience

Zahra was one of more than 20 clients of Hudgell Solicitors to submit a statement to the Parliamentary Birth Trauma Inquiry, describing her own experience, and the impact it had on her. Zahra said: I experienced a prolonged labour and should have had an emergency caesarean section to deliver my baby. Due to prolonged deceleration of […]

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Parliamentary Inquiry: Beata’s Birth Trauma Experience

Beata was one of more than 20 clients of Hudgell Solicitors to submit a statement to the Parliamentary Birth Trauma Inquiry, describing her own experience, and the impact it had on her. Beata said: I lost my baby at full term despite having been to the hospital on many occasions with concerns due to continuing, […]

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‘I went bankrupt because of Post Office Horizon scandal – now I’m 65 and looking for a part-time job after selling my home, and receivers want to take most of my compensation’

At the age of 65, having recently sold his house for some much-needed funds, former sub-postmaster Stefan Fountain is currently on the lookout for a part-time job. Twenty-two years after taking over a Post Office in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire – a job he thought would be ‘for life’ – he is thinking about how he […]

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Since Elizabeth Maliakal took over my case for medical negligence. I am pleased to say her service was outstanding. Her communication was excellent. She was always up to date and made sure to keep in touch with me regularly. Elizabeth made sure I understood what was happening and always answered my questions in depth. Coming from a foreign background, I struggle to articulate my thoughts and feelings because of the language barrier, but Elizabeth worked her way around this. I am grateful for all her hard work. Thank you to Elizabeth Maliakal and Hudgell Solicitors.
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Darrel Fuentebaja
Thank you to Hudgell Solicitors particularly Sarah Moore who was assigned to my case. I was kept well informed throughout the whole process via email and phone, and always received a prompt reply to any questions that I had. It took a long time for my case to come to close for various reasons but never during this time did I feel rushed or pressured into making a decision. Sarah was very empathetic and supported me throughout with her excellent level of knowledge and professionalism. Thank you again.
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Laura
Chris Trousdale was the one of the youngest miscarriages of justice victims as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
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FAQs

FAQs

Which deaths are reported to a Coroner for an inquest?

Coroners investigate deaths that have been reported to them if:

  • The death was thought to be violent or unnatural,
  • The cause of death is unknown after post mortem, or
  • The deceased died while in prison, police custody or another type of state detention.

Coroners are either solicitors or barristers, and/or qualified medical practitioners. Families ask many questions in advance of an inquest, so the information below is set out to be helpful and informative.

It should also help put people at ease should they find themselves needing to attend an inquest in the near future, as inquests are there to help grieving families find the answers they both want and need to understand what happened to their loved ones.

Who takes part in a Public Inquiry?

A person who has played a role in the matters being investigated ,or has a ‘significant interest’ in them, can apply to be given ‘core participant’ status at the inquiry. Core participants – often those directly affected or families of loved ones – can be awarded funds to pay for legal representation, and their lawyers may be permitted to ask questions to other witnesses who give evidence.

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