A Public Inquiry is an investigation and official review of major events, ordered by a Government body in order to address significant public concern. Typical events that call for a Public Inquiry are those that involve multiple deaths, issues of a public concern or major catastrophes, in order for an open, thorough and fair investigation into what has happened and ensure that lessons are learned for the future.
Public Inquiries are not a common occurrence in the UK and are often the focus of intense media scrutiny due to their high profile nature. It is therefore important that those involved in a Public Inquiry, whether a core participant, a witness or otherwise, are able to participate effectively in the inquest process and are equipped with the support they need to do so. It is essential that you are represented by lawyers who understand the process and have experience in this area.
Farleys’ expert Public Inquiry solicitors have acted in a number of major Public Inquiries, most recently representing the family of Anthony Grainger, who was shot dead by a Greater Manchester Police Officer (the second time only in England and Wales that a Public Inquiry has been set up to examine a fatal police shooting). Jonathan Bridge is also working as part of the Independent Inquiry into Sex Abuse.