Inquest advice and legal representation for social care providers
As a social care provider you may well become involved in inquest proceedings, whether directly or in giving evidence on wider issues.
Inquests often raise issues which are potentially harmful to the reputation of your business. Such issues require careful handling and clear legal advice.
Our inquest specialist can provide expert advice on all aspects of the inquest process and can offer support and pragmatic advice, whether you would like preliminary guidance on drafting witness statements for staff or legal representation in the hearing itself.
Tailoring our approach
We know that one size doesn’t fit all. We appreciate that some experienced providers may feel confident handling some aspects of the process themselves. Others will request a more comprehensive service, guiding them through the inquest proceedings from start to finish.
We will tailor our service and fees to meet your needs.
How we can help you
We have experience in a wide variety of inquests, including complex Art II inquest hearings, and we can advise you on any aspect of the inquest process.
These are examples of typical areas ways we can help:
- Advising on requests for disclosure of evidence
- Preparation of witness statement evidence
- Attending any pre-inquest review hearings to make preparations for the inquest hearing
- Offering guidance and support to you and your staff throughout the inquest process, which can otherwise be an unnerving and complex process
- Reviewing internal investigations and devising action plans and recommendations
- Advising witnesses in relation to attending an inquest
- Representation in the inquest hearing itself; advocacy in court, making submissions on your behalf, questioning witnesses
- Advising on Coroner’s Prevention of Future Deaths (PFD) reports and making counter arguments to resist them being drafted, or to advise you on the reply to such a report.
- Advising on any related reports/inspections, e.g. CQC
- Guidance on dealing with the media
When should I seek legal help in relation to an inquest?
With some inquests it may not be necessary for you to have formal representation, such as if your business is not directly associated with the circumstances of the death. However, legal representation is strongly recommended for inquests where the hearing is likely to be lengthy or complex, or where the standard of care is in question.
As no two inquests are the same we would always suggest seeking specialist advice at an early stage so that you can be fully informed as to the steps you take from there.
How can you help me?
We can do as little or as much as you need us to. In some cases you may require some guidance on preparing witness statements for the coroner, or advice on your disclosure obligations. Alternatively, we can guide you through the whole process including the inquest hearing itself and undertaking the advocacy on your behalf.
How much will it cost?
The work involved will vary from one inquest to another to reflect the complexity, length of inquest, number of witnesses, etc.
We will always tailor our fees to meet your needs and provide you with a transparent pricing structure so that you can choose the option that suits you best.