Inquest Lawyer in London
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Inquest Lawyer in London
If a fatal accident occurs in your workplace, it is highly likely that the Coroner will hold an inquest. An inquest is a formal investigation which examines how a person died. As a health and safety lawyer, I have a wealth of experience in representing business owners at inquests. I understand that the death of an employee or a member of the public is a devastating occurrence for the family of the victim, the employees, and you, the employer. Therefore, I am focused on providing supportive, compassionate advice that protects your interests and respects the grief you and others close to the victim are experiencing.
What is an inquest?
An inquest is a formal investigation held by a Coroner. The matters to be ascertained are confined to the identity of the deceased and to “how, when and where” they came about their death. Although the Coroner can call witnesses, it is not for them to lay blame or establish criminal liability.
If a post-mortem can provide a cause of death, an inquest will not normally be held.
What happens at an inquest?
At least six weeks must have passed before an inquest can take place. An inquest takes place at the Coroners Court which has a similar layout to an ordinary courtroom.
The most significant difference between an inquest and a trial is that the former is not an adversarial process. As a barrister, I can ask witnesses questions, but only for the purposes of investigation and to assist the Coroner to establish the cause of death.
Are inquests open to the public?
Inquests are open to the public and the media.
Once all witnesses have been heard, the Coroner can call for witnesses who can comment on any matters raised in the inquest which may be a cause for concern. This may lead to the writing of a Coroner’s report, details of which can also be published in the media.
Who else can ask questions at an inquest?
An ‘interested person’ is defined in section 47(2) of the Coroners and Justice Act (CJA) 2009 and include:
- family members of the deceased
- the executor(s) of the deceased’s Will or person appointed as the deceased’s personal representative
- solicitors acting for the next of kin
- insurers with a relevant interest
- anyone who may, in some way, be responsible for the death
- anyone else who the senior Coroner believes has a sufficient interest
‘Interested persons’ have specific rights, including the right to question witnesses. As your inquest barrister, I can prepare appropriate questions and direct them to witnesses on your behalf.
How should I prepare for an inquest?
Following a death at your workplace, I will be working on your matter continuously. Part of my role is to keep in touch with the Coroner, who will inform me if there is any specific information you need to bring to the inquest. I will prepare a factual report, setting out the circumstances of the death and listing the witnesses who have given statements to HSE.
I will be alive to any inconsistencies of evidence given at the inquest and the witnesses written statements. Such inconsistencies can greatly influence the HSE’s decision to prosecute. If inconsistencies occur, I will provide expert advice on how to present such findings to investigators.
By instructing me as your inquest lawyer, you can be confident that you are receiving robust, detailed legal advice at what can be a stressful time. This will allow you to focus on your employees and your business.
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