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Death investigations

In our experience, bereaved families coming to terms with the death of a loved one want to establish the true circumstances of the death and ensure lessons are learnt to prevent other families from facing the same suffering in future.

Where a death occurs in custody, following police contact, in psychiatric detention or other controversial circumstances, the investigations that follow are often the first step in a process of inquiry to establish the facts and accountability. However, for families trying to ensure that the investigation answers their concerns and provides them with information promptly, the process can seem daunting and complex.

Our dedicated and experienced team of civil liberties lawyers provides expert legal support to families throughout this process, guiding families from the investigation stage through to inquest proceedings and any civil claims arising. We help families to secure information about the death at an early stage and to identify where change is needed to prevent future fatalities.

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

Our team can steer you through the investigation process with empathy and expertise, helping you participate to the extent you wish.

From the outset, we will work to secure and preserve relevant evidence and ensure that information is provided to you as soon as possible. We enlist pathologists and other relevant experts to quickly capture evidence. We ensure that state agencies release information and documents promptly.

We have advised families on several of the most sensitive and high profile cases involving deaths in custody in recent years.

Our experienced lawyers have successfully:

  • Pursued disciplinary proceedings to bring those responsible to account
  • Challenged the findings of investigations where these fall short of the standard families should expect
  • Secured policy changes to help prevent similar tragic deaths in future

We also have extensive experience representing clients throughout a Public Inquiry process.

Our lawyers will relentlessly seek the facts and truth behind the circumstances which led to a death in custody or controversial death, to help families come to terms with their loss and ensure that dangerous policies, practices or procedures are challenged and changed.

We are active members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group comprised of solicitors and barristers who specialise in legal advice for bereaved families following a controversial death.

Our death investigations specialists are part of our London based death in custody team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.