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Death in Custody

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Death In Custody
Death In Custody

When someone suffers a violent, unnatural or sudden death where the cause is unknown, a Coroner normally holds an inquest.

At a time of devastating loss, families often feel overwhelmed but our solicitors can help you. It is our aim to place the family at the heart of the inquest process. We will be with you every step of the way from the initial investigations to the Coroner’s inquest.

The families we represent draw strength and guidance from our civil liberties team, who specialise in deaths in custody whether it is in prison, police custody or immigration detention. Our team also specialises in contentious deaths following police contact and in a psychiatric setting. Our team acts for families in the most sensitive and high profile cases.

We will help you and your family find out as much information as possible about the circumstances leading to the death of your loved one to ensure that people are held to account, that your questions are answered and lessons learnt.

Our solicitors work closely with INQUEST, which works for truth, justice and accountability for families, and campaigns for policy change at the highest level. Anna Thwaites and Clair Hilder are members of the INQUEST Lawyers Steering Group (ILGSG ) and all of our inquest team belong to the INQUEST Lawyers Group, which is a network of lawyers working closely with INQUEST and families.

Our team provides a bespoke service to our clients. In the appropriate circumstances, we are able to advise on relevant complaint procedures and other avenues of redress including compensation claims. We can challenge Coroner’s decisions through judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court if a Coroner fails to investigate a death properly.

Top Ranked Civil Liberties Team

Our Civil Liberties team is ranked as one of the top 10 firms in the UK for this area of law in Chambers UK 2014.

Jocelyn Cockburn co-heads the firm’s civil liberties team. She is described as ‘one of the leading strategic litigators’ and has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of cases’ Legal 500 2013

Susie Labinjoh co-heads the firm's civil liberties team. She is regarded by market sources as an "extremely good" practitioner and is particularly strong at ’winning the respect and trust of her clients and getting to the heart of a case’ Chambers UK 2014

Anna-Louise Thwaites was described as a ‘major inquest authority’ Chambers UK 2013 and ‘a leading young solicitor’ in Legal 500 2014. ‘She has particular expertise in inquests arising from deaths in custody Chambers UK 2014

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