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Funding for public inquiry representation

Funding for public inquiry representation

Our team at Hudgell Solicitors have represented at a number of public inquiries where public funding has been secured to enable our clients to take part. We are committed to ensuring our clients have the best legal representation and we work to ensure funding is in place.

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Inquiries into tragedies, failings and miscarriages of justice

Inquiries into tragedies, failings and miscarriages of justice

Public Inquiries are held to ensure full and impartial investigations are carried out when things have gone badly wrong.

They independently investigate some of the biggest tragedies, failings and miscarriages of justice in our country and have the legal power to compel witnesses to give evidence when they perhaps would not wish to have their actions examined and questioned in the glare of public scrutiny.

Our public inquiry expertise

Our public inquiry expertise

Hudgell Solicitors is proud to have a team of Public Inquiry lawyers who offer legal representation to families and individuals.

Our lawyers have represented core participants at;

  • The Manchester Arena Inquiry – Investigating how, and in what circumstances, 22 people came to lose their lives in the 2017 attack, highlighting security, emergency response and MI5 failings.
  • The Post Office Horizon Inquiry Established to gather a clear account of the implementation and failings of the Horizon IT system at the Post Office, which led to hundreds of former sub-postmasters being wrongfully prosecuted.
  • The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – Established in the wake of serious high-profile instances of non-recent child sexual abuse, and concerns some organisations were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse.
  • The Grenfell Tower Inquiry – Investigating the cause and origin of the fire which caused the death of 72 people, its subsequent development, the loss of life incurred and the response of emergency services.

Our legal team ha also made representations on behalf of three groups to be involved in the Covid-19 Inquiry.

Our focus, as always, is on supporting people through each and every stage, and advising them on their next legal steps following an inquiry’s conclusion.

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How we can represent you

How we can represent you

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We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim and let you know if Legal Aid is available.

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Disclosure

We will obtain relevant disclosure from the Coroner and any other relevant sources.

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Inquest Attendance & Submissions

We will make submissions to the Coroner/Chair with our views on the appropriate conclusions based on evidence revealed.

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Verdict / Findings

We will help you to understand that Coroner’s verdict and advise you on any possible further legal steps to assist you.

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Former sub-postmistress 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 sub-postmistress Sushma Blaggan headed straight from the Royal […]

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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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Three more former sub-postmasters have long-standing convictions quashed

Three more former sub-postmasters who were victims of the Post Office Horizon scandal today had long-standing convictions quashed. Each had been prosecuted by the Post Office for unexplained shortfalls in their accounts. One, now aged 39, was sentenced in 2008 over a shortfall of just less than £3,500 and was sentenced to 150 hours community […]

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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

How is a Public Inquiry established and who runs it?

Public inquiries are set up by the Government, under the Inquiries Act 2005 and the Inquiry Rules 2006.

They can be led by one person or a panel, who take evidence in the form of documents and oral testimony regarding the events in question. Inquiries are often chaired by a currently serving or retired judge.

Crucially, once they have been established, they are independent of the Government department.

These often long-running hearings can generate significant media interest as they seek to establish what happened, why the event, incident or miscarriage of justice happened and who was to blame, whilst also focusing on ensuring lessons are learned for the future.

How is it established what a Public Inquiry will cover?

One of the first stages of a Public Inquiry is setting out the ‘Terms of Reference’ or ‘scope’ of the Inquiry. This is a stage where legal representatives are often consulted as to what the Inquiry should cover.

It will clarify the matters to be examined and the facts which need to be established. It will also set out whether the inquiry is to make any recommendations. Once this is agreed an inquiry has no power to act outside of its terms of reference.

How long will a Public Inquiry last?

Given the large amounts of documentation and evidence usually needing to be considered, Public Inquiries are not speedy processes and there is no set time frame to which they are required to be completed.

Most take around two years to report back with findings but can take much longer.

Can a Public Inquiry lead to criminal prosecutions?

A Public Inquiry cannot find a named individual liable for a criminal act, but can make findings about the credibility and actions of people involved, which can ultimately lead to further criminal or civil investigations.

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.

How will I be represented at a Public Inquiry?

Our team at Hudgell Solicitors have represented at a number of Public Inquiries where public funding has been secured to enable victims and families to take part. We are committed ensuring our clients have the best legal representation and work to ensure funding is in place.

Can people refuse to take part?

No. The 2005 Act permits the compulsory provision of documents or the giving of oral evidence and to compel testimony and the release of other forms of evidence.

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