Coroners are either lawyers or doctors appointed to establish the cause of death – usually following an accident, or an unknown or suspicious cause. The inquest is a hearing at which evidence is called and a verdict reached. Verdicts are wide ranging, but can include unlawful killing.
It is important to understand that the coroner is there solely to establish the cause of death – he or she is not a criminal tribunal. Nonetheless, there is often a significant overlap between the evidence put before the coroner and the evidence relevant to a criminal prosecution for a wide range of offences, including murder, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, health and safety regulation breaches, dangerous/careless driving amongst others. The verdict may also be highly relevant to a future civil claim for damages.
How can we help?
We can provide advice and if necessary representation to:
✓ Relatives of victims wishing to ensure that the cause of death is properly established.
✓ Companies who may be under investigation following a death.
✓ Individuals who may be investigated in respect of a death.
Our rates are competitive. Legal Aid is available in some circumstances, but please note that these are extremely limited.
Contact Bhatia Best on (0115) 950 3231 or fill in the contact form below for a free initial consultation.