On 15 April 1989, during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest one of the worst recorded football disasters occurred. Following the disaster 96 people died and hundreds were injured.
It was 26 years before an inquest jury concluded that the 96 Liverpool supporters who died were unlawfully killed.The jury ruled that the supporters’ behaviour did not cause or contribute to the tragedy. They also concluded that various organisations, including the police, caused or contributed to the loss of lives.
“Hodge Jones & Allen has represented many victims and their families over the years. Representing some of the Hillsborough families highlights the importance of individuals having access to justice. It should be recognised that the families have fought tirelessly for the right to access to justice and for the truth” Nancy Collins, Partner
The High Court has granted a Group Litigation Order in respect of all claims being brought for misfeasance in public office against the Chief Constables of South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police in relation to the police conduct following the Hillsborough tragedy in April 1989.
The litigation is to be known as “The Hillsborough Victims’ Misfeasance Litigation”.
Under the terms of the order a Register of Claimants will be kept by the Lead Solicitors, Saunders Law and the last date for individuals to be added to the Register is 23rd August 2017. After this date individuals will not be able to pursue a claim through this group litigation.
Any individuals who are family members of those who died and/or survivors of the tragedy, and who consider they may have a claim and wish to join the litigation, may contact Hodge Jones & Allen as soon as possible and in advance of 23rd August 2017.
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