We represent families of the deceased person at inquests, ensuring that our clients' views are properly represented. We advise clients on procedure in the Coroner's Court and act as advocates during the inquest itself, as set out in our specially produced what is an inquest? factsheet.
Following an inquest we can, if required, advise family members on any further steps they may wish to take, including a possible civil claim. We have substantial experience in bringing fatal accident claims.
Our inquest specialists are an integral part of our personal injury and clinical negligence team. Described as "a group of incredibly experienced and first-class litigators", the team has a national reputation for excellence and extensive experience in dealing with wide-ranging and complex claims relating to all types of injury. The team is ranked in The Legal 500 (2023). Clients note "the team that supported us during our litigation case were always efficient, caring and supportive" and praise the team's "attention to detail, and personal approach". We are frequently mentioned in legal directories and peer reviews such as Chambers UK and The Legal 500.
Partner Dominic Fairclough is a member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group
Medical negligence charging information
The main funding options relevant to compensation claims are set out below. We would be pleased to offer potential clients a free no obligation half hour interview or an initial assessment over the telephone to discuss the likelihood of pursuing a claim and discuss the various funding options available to you.
Public Funding / Legal Services Commission
This was abolished for most injury claims in April 2000. However, it is still available for clinical claims and as we have a contract with the Legal Services Commission we can apply for you.
"No Win, No Fee"/Conditional Fee Agreements
These are agreements between you and a firm of solicitors. If you win, the other side pays your solicitor's costs and if you lose your solicitor does not get paid.
However losing could mean that you have to pay the other side's costs, but you can protect yourself by taking out an insurance policy which will pay the other side's costs if you lose.
Legal Expenses Insurance
We recommend that you check all insurance policies (including any belonging to other family members) as you might be covered for solicitors fees for accident claims and you will still be able to instruct us to act for you.
Your own money
You can pay your own costs and we will ask you to pay for the work as the case progresses. Costs can be expensive and if you lose you could end up paying the other side's fees as well
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