Coping with the loss of a loved one is a devastating and traumatic time under any circumstances but it can be made more distressing if there is uncertainty as to the cause of their death. The inquest team at Farleys has a wealth of experience in assisting families at this difficult time and will provide you with the professional support and advice you need.
If someone close to you has died in sudden, violent or unknown circumstances, the state may call for an inquest. If the death occurred in police or prison custody, an inquest will be required by law. An inquest is a fact-finding inquiry conducted by a coroner and may be the first or only opportunity for you to have your questions surrounding the death heard and answered.
We are proud to be recognised as leaders in this area of law. Our inquest lawyers regularly deal with high profile inquests and have strong links with specialist Barristers, coroners and the charity Inquest.
Our expertise in the area of inquest law is also recognised by the Legal Services Commission and as such, we are one of the few legal firms in the country with a franchise to conduct inquests under Legal Aid public funding. For more information about the cost of obtaining legal representation for inquests, please read our page on Funding for Inquests.
Our solicitors will do everything in our power to assist you at this extremely difficult time and to ensure the inquest delivers the answers you require, which may go some way to assisting you in dealing with your grief.
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What happens at an Inquest?
The purpose of an inquest is to establish where, when and how someone died. Unlike a civil court, the Coroner’s Court is not permitted to attribute blame to specific individuals or organisations. This does not mean that lessons cannot be learnt from your tragic loss – depending on the circumstances, the Coroner may decide to make official recommendations following the Inquest which may help prevent future deaths occurring.
Why choose Farleys as your legal representation at an Inquest?
At Farleys we have a wealth of experience in assisting families at this difficult time and our solicitors will provide you with professional support and advice. Inquest law and procedure can be complex and daunting but our team will do everything in their power to ensure you are fully informed.
Our solicitors will advise you on how to engage in the process in order to gain as much information as possible within the scope of the inquest
How do I make a claim for compensation following an Inquest?
Dealing with a loss is difficult enough without the additional worry of having been financially dependent on the deceased. Although an inquest will not determine blame, it can result in findings which support a decision to proceed with a subsequent compensation claim. Where this sort of claim is appropriate, Farleys can also assist you in obtaining compensation for your financial loss.
Our expert solicitors regularly deal with dependency claims following an inquest and will support you through every stage of the process. There will be no need for you to go though the trauma of explaining the circumstances surrounding the death as Farleys will be familiar with the details of the case and well equipped to bring the civil claim.
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