Helping People at Inquests

Hodge Jones & Allen has a long-standing record of representing bereaved families’ interests throughout the inquest process. An inquest is an investigation into an ‘unnatural’ death or a death in custody.  We have supported families through some of the most sensitive and high profile inquests, fighting to have their questions answered and concerns addressed.

Our experienced solicitors work to obtain disclosure of information and documents and capture evidence to make sure that the inquest process is as thorough as possible so that it addresses the concerns of the family and ensures that the authorities are held to account for failings.

Alongside the inquest process, we also assist families through many different types of related investigations, from Public Inquiries to IOPC investigations, Prison and Probation Ombudsman investigations and any investigations held by healthcare authorities.

If you would like more information speak with one of our team on 0800 437 0322.

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What is an inquest?

An inquest is a legal investigation conducted by a coroner to establish the circumstances surrounding a person’s death. It takes places when someone suffers a violent, unnatural or sudden death where the cause is unknown andmay take place where a death occurs in custody, following police contact, or in psychiatric detention.

For families trying to ensure that the investigation answers their concerns and provides them with information promptly, the process can seem daunting and complex at what is already an extremely difficult time.

How can we help you in an inquest?

Our team provides a bespoke service to our clients to ensure that they are able to obtain as much information as possible about the circumstances surrounding the death so they can try to find some closure. In the appropriate circumstances, we are able to advise on relevant complaint procedures and other avenues of redress including compensation claims. We can also challenge coroner’s decisions through judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court if a coroner fails to investigate a death properly.

Related investigations

We assist families through many different types of related investigations, from Public Inquiries to IOPC investigations, Prison and Probation Ombudsman investigations and complex cases involving multiple agencies, including social services, mental health trusts and the ambulance service.

Close links to inquest organisations

We work closely with Inquest, which is a charity that 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 and all of our inquest team belong to the Inquest Lawyers Group, which is a network of lawyers working closely with Inquest and families.

Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

Highly Experienced

The team are leading human rights and civil liberties specialists with a huge amount of experience with inquests. You will be in safe hands.

Award Winning

The team have won several awards both individually and as a team. They are recognised as leaders in the field

Care and Compassion

The team are well versed in helping people through very tough times and you can be assured that they will deal with the case in the compassionate way.

How to make an Inquest 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.

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