Deaths involving the Police can occur in a variety of different ways. It may be that the death has occurred in a police cell or within the police station itself. The death may also have occurred during arrest or restraint, whether it be in a public place or at their own home.
It can also be the case that the Police have been called out to deal with an incident and as a result of their actions/omissions in respect of handling the incident, a death has occurred.
At Farleys, we strive to guide you through this difficult process.
If, following your initial consultation with one of our Inquest Solicitors, you decide to instruct Farleys, we will contact the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Police Force concerned and the Coroner to inform them that we are involved with the case, ensuring that any phone calls or documentation are directed through us. From then on, we will liaise with all of the authorities on your behalf, allowing you and your family the time to grieve and to come to terms with the death itself.
One of our specialist Inquest solicitors will offer you advice and assistance and if you wish, will represent you throughout these proceedings. We will endeavour to provide you with detailed explanations of police procedures and police policy documentation, that can sometimes be difficult to understand. We will also guide you through the post-mortem report and any medical evidence that is issued, ensuring that you understand exactly what occurred. We will also be able to advise as to whether or not you will need any independent experts to assist in the investigation.
The Inquest team at Farleys take every step to ensure that you are kept fully updated throughout the process and understand the work that we take on your behalf.
At the Inquest itself, we strive to ensure that you receive the appropriate representation from an experienced Barrister who will look after your interests during the hearing.
How is Legal Advice for Inquests Funded?
When a death involving the police has occurred, Government legal funding for the preparation of the inquest proceedings is often available. A member of our team will discuss this with you at your initial appointment and will be able to advise you further on your individual circumstances.
In addition to help in preparing for an Inquest, you may also be entitled to exceptional funding to cover the costs of a Solicitor and a Barrister to represent you at the inquest hearing. This again will be discussed at the earliest opportunity by an experienced member of our team.
Contact an Inquest Solicitor
To speak to an experienced Inquest solicitor, call Farleys on 0125 460 6090 or email us . Our team work throughout England and Wales and will arrange an initial consultation, which will be free of charge, at your convenience.
The Inquest team at Farleys work closely with the campaigning and support group INQUEST, who provide support to bereaved families and strive to ensure that improvements are made to the inquest system.