If the coroner opens an inquest into the circumstances in which a loved one died, it can provide an opportunity to have your questions answered and your concerns raised.

What is an inquest?

An inquest is an investigation led by a coroner in order to ascertain how someone died. During the inquest process, the coroner will establish four things:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The place of their death
  • The time of their death
  • How the death occurred

You can find out more about the process of an inquest in our guide here.

What are the funding options for an inquest?

There are a number of options for funding specialist legal representation in an inquest:

  1. Public funding can be obtained from the Legal Aid Agency in some cases, such as where the death occurred in prison or whilst the person was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
  2. Many of our clients find they are able to obtain/secure representation at no cost to themselves through an existing legal expenses policy, or through a Conditional Fee Agreement (known as ‘no win, no fee’).

We will discuss the options available and help you choose the best one for your specific situation. You can find out more about funding an inquest here.

What happens after an inquest?

In the case of an inquest following suspected medical negligence then it may be possible to pursue a claim for compensation.

You can find out more about making a claim for the death of a loved one here.

Do you need a solicitor for an inquest?

There’s no obligation to instruct a solicitor for an inquest, you can represent yourself if you wish. However, there are benefits to having a solicitor represent you, particularly where the hospital/treatment provider is likely to have legal representation.

You can find out more about representation at an inquest here.



How can Royds Withy King help you?

Our dedicated inquest team can fight on your behalf and guide you through the process, making it less daunting and ensuring that you get the best possible outcome.

Even if no inquest takes place, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation where negligence has caused or contributed to the death of your loved one. See our fatal claims page for more information.


We have a specialist team dealing with inquests and subsequent fatal claims, and they will strive to get answers, seek changes and recover damages when things have gone wrong.

Knowledgeable but approachable

Our dedicated solicitors will help you to understand the process, and will guide you throughout. Our team understand what a difficult time this is for you; we will progress your case with sensitivity and discretion.

Experienced specialists

We are experienced in acting in a wide range of inquest cases.

We have particular expertise in inquests relating to medical treatment, psychiatric care, deaths in custody, deaths involving the police and deaths in prison.

Fighting for answers on your behalf and seeking change

We will do our utmost to explore what went wrong and wherever possible we will seek changes so that similar deaths are prevented from happening in future. Our inquest experts will act in your best interests from start to finish.

Getting you back on track

If substandard treatment is identified, then we will seek redress for the family members of the deceased. We always strive for the maximum award of compensation where a loved one has died because of failures in care.

Whilst we appreciate that money is rarely your priority when a loved one has died, where a death arises from negligence compensation can be obtained to help put you and your family back on track.

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Why Teresa chose our inquest team

We spoke to our client, Teresa, about why she chose Royds Withy King for her inquest and compensation claim. Making a fatal claim or undergoing the legal process of a coroner's inquest can be a very stressful time. Our legal team are experts in this field and can help you through this complicated time in your, and your family's life.

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