Independently accredited by the Law Society, APIL and AvMA

In-house barrister experienced in representing families at inquests

Top tier ranked law firm for medical negligence cases

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 lawyers dedicated to representing families in inquests

‘We will fight on your behalf to find out what went wrong and to achieve the best result where there has been substandard care’

If the coroner opens an inquest in to the circumstances by which a loved one came by their death it can provide the opportunity to have your questions answered and your concerns raised.

Here to support you every step of the way

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.

Our credentials

“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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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.