Inquest solicitors

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In-house barrister experienced in representing families at inquests

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Over 100 years experience as medical negligence experts

Clear understanding of all types of inquests, including Article II

Team of specialist solicitors who can be relied upon to support you through the inquest process

Specialist inquest solicitors dedicated to representing families

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 a medical negligence claim 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 out 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.

Ali has been very tenacious, resourceful and persistent in pursuing my case. Her knowledge and experience resulted in a final award which exceeded our expectations. Ali’s total professionalism and caring sensitivity has always given me confidence and reassurance throughout a very stressful and challenging time in my life. I have already recommended Ali and Royds Withy King to my friends and family. Your service has been quite exceptional.
Mrs R Armstrong, Royds Withy King client


In theory the coronial system is designed so the family and friends of the deceased can take part without formal representation. However, we would recommend specialist legal advice in all but the most straightforward of cases.


Inquests can be complicated and it can be an overwhelming process, especially where you are grieving for a loved one. Some inquests are heard over several weeks or even months. Depending on the circumstances, the inquest hearing may involve a jury and a significant number of witnesses and documents. Our solicitors know how to achieve the best outcome for you and will guide you through the process.

There are a number of ways to fund our specialist legal representation including legal expenses insurance, ‘no win, no fee’ agreements and paying privately. Legal Aid is available in certain circumstances, for example where a death has occurred whilst under the care of the state such as in police custody, prison or whilst detained in a psychiatric care setting.


Our experts will advise you on the best option for your particular case, with no obligation.

We always seek to recover the highest possible award for our clients. There is no set figure; the specific amount of compensation will vary from case to case.


As a minimum, compensation for the death of a loved one usually includes funeral expenses, damages for pre-death suffering and a bereavement award. There can be significant additional awards in circumstances where the deceased was responsible for providing income to a household or in caring for any children or relatives, for example.


We can also advise on whether any additional claims may be brought, for example where a family member or friend of the deceased has suffered a psychiatric injury due to the circumstances of the death.


Please see our Fatal Claims page for more information on pursuing a civil claim following an inquest.

Contact us now to find out how we can advise on representation at an inquest hearing or in a claim for compensation following a fatality.