When a death occurs because of failures by State agencies, the family deserves justice, redress and compensation. The European Convention on Human Rights 1950, brought into English law by the Human Rights Act 1998, guarantees the most fundamental human rights, including the right to life (Article 2).
If your spouse, partner or other family member has died whilst in prison, police custody, immigration detention, a mental health institution or while serving in the armed forces, then we may be able to assist you with a claim for a breach of Article 2. Our sympathetic and experienced lawyers are committed to providing clear legal advice to you, as well as energetic and determined advocacy on your behalf.
Our Civil Liberties team is ranked as one of the top 10 firms in the UK for this area of law in Chambers UK 2016 and the Legal 500 2015. We are specialists in successfully bringing complex and high profile legal claims where the right to life has been breached.
We use our extensive knowledge of human rights law to hold authorities to account, secure the maximum possible compensation, and gain admissions of wrong-doing so changes can be made to avoid others losing their lives in the same way. In addition, we have successfully used human rights law to challenge Coroners’ decisions where inquests have failed to properly investigate a death.
Our team has many years of experience in winning cases for families where a relative has died in police custody or prison. For example:
We are active members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group which represents solicitors who specialise in legal advice for bereaved families following a death in custody.
To find out more and to see if we can help you, please contact us on our free telephone number 0800 437 0080, or contact us via our website. All communications will be treated in confidence, even where you do not become our client. If we can take on your case, we will give you full details about costs, including advising you about the availability of legal aid and Conditional Fee or “no win, no fee” agreements.
If you want us to investigate a claim for you, it is important that you do not delay and you contact us as soon as possible. The law requires that cases are started at court within specific timescales. For most civil claims for compensation for a breach of human rights, the claim must be issued at court within 1 year, but to make sure evidence is collected and the case is properly prepared, the sooner you contact us, the better. However, if you think you might be out of time, don’t let this stop you from calling us – we will advise you if this is a problem, and if we can take your case on, we will fight to get your claim heard however long ago it was.
Our right to life specialists are part of our London based human rights 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.