Inquests are complex and sensitive legal proceedings that require the expertise of experienced barristers.

At Libertas Chambers, our inquest barristers have extensive experience representing clients in public law and human rights matters, including those involving police and prison deaths, healthcare-related deaths, and fatal accidents.

We provide exceptional legal representation and advice to ensure that our clients’ interests are protected, and their voices are heard.

Why Choose Our Inquests Barristers?

Inquests require specialist advocacy and a strong understanding of the coroner’s court’s procedures, rules of evidence and the powers of the coroner and juries when it comes to decision-making and findings.

This can be a daunting process for the families of the deceased and equally stressful for those called to give evidence and potentially facing the scrutiny of their individual actions and those of their employers.

Our Specialisms

Members of Libertas Chambers have a particular specialism in unlawful killings and deaths in custody. They are up to date on the Chief Coroner’s Guidance, Coroner’s legal duties and the latest commentary and advice on policy and practice.

Several of our members have specialist experience appearing at Inquests.

The team provides high-quality advice, representation and advocacy in coronial proceedings.

We are available to represent the families of the deceased striving for answers as well as a full range of Interested Persons, including.

  • companies & employers
  • local authorities
  • private hospitals
  • care homes
  • health professionals
  • police officers
  • prison officers
  • military personnel and other emergency services.

We have specialist experience working with defence organisations, unions, liability insurers and their policyholders. The Royal College of Nursing has instructed our members to represent nurses and midwives in many high-profile inquests.

Expert Inquest Barristers

Our expertise in Criminal Law, Health & Safety Law and Professional Discipline proceedings enables us to offer a seamless service in associated criminal and regulatory proceedings ensuring continuity of representation.

Our members fully understand the pressure and complexities of coronial matters and the implications in associated civil and criminal proceedings.

We are available at all stages of the process to support our clients, from initial advice to final hearings.

Inquest FAQs

What is the difference between an inquest and a public inquiry?

An inquest is a legal proceeding that investigates the circumstances surrounding a death. Its purpose is to determine the facts and the cause of death. On the other hand, a public inquiry is a formal investigation into a matter of public concern. It can be ordered by the government and has the power to make recommendations for change.

Why do I need a barrister for an inquest?

Inquests can be complex legal proceedings requiring expertise in public law, human rights, and evidence gathering. A barrister can provide legal advice and representation, helping you navigate the inquest process and ensuring your interests are protected.

Can an inquest award compensation?

No, an inquest cannot award compensation. However, the findings of an inquest can be used in civil proceedings, which may result in compensation being awarded. It’s vital to seek legal advice from a barrister who can advise you on the best course of action if you are seeking compensation.

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