Coroners (Investigations and Inquests)
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 scrutiny of their individual actions and those of their employers.
Members of Libertas Chambers have a particular specialism in unlawful killings and deaths in custody and are up to date on the Chief Coroner Guidance, Coroners 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. Our members have been instructed by the Royal College of Nursing to represent nurses and midwives in a number of high-profile inquests
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 through to final hearing.