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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.

Postmaster appeal verdict, Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK 23 Apr 2021

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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‘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 […]

hudgell solicitors supports victims of the post office scandal overturn their convictions

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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Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
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Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
5 Stars
Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
4 Stars
S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
1 Stars
Calista Harrison
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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