Compliance & Regulatory
What is involved?
Coroner’s Inquests are, by nature, emotive and often well publicised events which attract all sorts of scrutiny. Held in public (in all but exceptional circumstances) they provide a platform for the Coroner and other interested parties to explore, through the cross examination of witnesses, events leading to someone’s death.
Whilst the purpose is to establish how, when, and where a person died it often results in accusations of internal failings, such as shortfalls in training and supervision, when concerned with the actions of a corporate body.
Although an Inquest is entirely separate from criminal and civil proceedings (and therefore cannot determine criminal or civil liability) the outcome and conclusions will, invariably, influence those proceedings by, for example, persuading an investigative body to commence a prosecution.
Why choose Freeths?
- You can trust our lawyers to be professional and sensitive to the circumstances of the Inquest
- We have represented both individuals and corporate bodies in hundreds of Inquests covering every conceivable business sector
- We can, if necessary, assist with the preparation of media statements
Our team have the experience of representing both individuals and corporate bodies in some of the most complex and well publicised Inquests in recent years. This includes the longest running Inquest in British legal history.
Call our Compliance & Regulatory team today to discuss how we can help you.
Lewis Close Inquest – if only they had listened!News 16th Feb 2015
"Paul Burnley of Freeths LLP is well regarded for his broad practice, which covers the full gamut of health and safety law. He defends clients against prosecution and criminal investigations, as well as representing them in inquests."
(Chambers & Partners, 2018)
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