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Death In Custody Claims

Susie Labinjoh
Susie Labinjoh
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Alice Hardy
Alice Hardy
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Jocelyn Cockburn
Jocelyn Cockburn
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Nancy Collins
Nancy Collins
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Sasha Barton
Sasha Barton
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Legal advice for families following a death in custody. Our civil liberties solicitors offer advice and representation to help you get compensation for the death of a loved one in prison, police custody, immigration detention or other detention setting, or following contact with the police.

When someone suffers a violent, unnatural or sudden death where the cause is unknown, the bereaved family often feel overwhelmed. They will want to get as much information as possible about the circumstances surrounding it so they can find some closure. We will assist and support you both in relation to the inquest and any civil proceedings that follow where failings have been identified.

We’ll be with you every step of the way in your drive to find answers regarding the death of a loved one. We will hold the authorities to account for any failings which contributed to the death.

Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

Expert guidance & support

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

Working with family support organisations

Our solicitors work closely with INQUEST, which works for truth, justice and accountability for families, and campaigns for policy change at the highest level. Some of our team 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.

"WITHOUT THEM, ANSWERS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN REACHED AND WE WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN THE TRUTH."

Highly experienced Civil Liberties Solicitors

Our team are highly experienced. We’ll advise and support you throughout the inquest, and on complaint procedures and other avenues of redress including compensation claims. We challenge coroner’s decisions through judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court if a coroner fails to investigate a death properly.

 

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How to make a death in custody claim

Contact Hodge Jones & Allen

Whatever your needs, our team of highly experienced solicitors will provide you with the help and advice you need. To seek advice from our specialist team of human rights solicitors you should contact one of our experienced team for free, either by telephone or through our online form.

We’ll gather the information to review your case

Once we have all the information we need we will let you know if you have a case which we can assist with. Following us completing the case review if you have a case which we can help with we will then arrange a time to meet or talk through to discuss your needs and particular situation in greater detail.

Help you with the best resolution

You will then be allocated a solicitor specialising in the field to help you find the best possible resolution during a stressful and often sensitive time.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do if someone died in police custody?

We specialise in deaths in custody whether it’s in prison, police custody or immigration detention. When someone suffers a violent, unnatural or sudden death where the cause is unknown, our solicitors will help you. We deal with the initial investigations and inquest before the coroner’s court. We’ll request the relevant information, such as witness statements, to enable a thorough investigation to be carried out. Our team have acted for families in some of the most sensitive and high profile cases.

A close family member died in police custody. Before being arrested he was perfectly healthy and I’m sure it must have been caused by the way he was treated. What should I do?

We will help you deal with the initial investigations and inquest before the Coroner’s Court. We will also help you request the relevant information, such as witness statements, to enable a thorough investigation to be carried out.

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