Legal Advice on claims following a death in custody

Our solicitors can offer advice and representation to help you obtain compensation for the death of a loved  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 and want to obtain as much information as possible about the circumstances surrounding it so that they can try to find some closure.. We can assist and support you both in relation to the inquest and any civil proceedings that follow where failings have been identified.

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

If you would like to speak with one of our team you can call us on 0808 250 2129 for advice and support.

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Why come to Hodge Jones & Allen?

Expert Guidance & Support

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.

Our Links with 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.

Highly Experienced

Our team are highly experienced. We will advise and support you throughout the inquest, and on 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.

How to make a Death in custody claim

  • Contact our highly experienced team

Whatever your needs, our team of highly experienced solicitors can 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 then 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do if someone died in police custody?

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

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