How we can help
At Howells we have specialist solicitors who represent families at inquests to get answers to how their loved one died.
We will ensure that you have the support and information you need to participate fully and get as many answers as possible.
If you feel that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding your loved ones death we may be able to offer support and assistance with preparing and attending an inquest. We know the many people are hesitant about contacting a solicitor but we’re just regular people with a particular expertise – and we’re on your side. Besides, an initial call costs nothing and our specialist team will listen sympathetically before advising on your options and recommended next steps.
Why choose us?
Our specialist team have a wealth of experience in representing clients at extremely complex inquests, including those where the Coroner has determined that Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (The right to life) is engaged.
Our specialist solicitors are an integral part of the clinical negligence and personal injury department at Howells and will also be able to advise you on the merits of any potential claim, for those who wish to also bring a civil claim for compensation.
We will advise on the merits of every claim brought to us, and regardless of its size, complexity or impact, we’ll give each one the care and attention it deserves.
If you choose us to represent you, we will look after you, as here at Howells we are committed to:
• removing any fear, worry or mystery about the legal process
• communicating regularly, openly and sensitively
• remaining a strong, staunch and tireless advocate for your rights
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Q. Who can attend the inquest?
A. An inquest allows the family members of a loved one ask questions to try and understand how the death was caused.The general public are able to sit in on the inquest proceedings as these are not private hearings.
Q. Will an inquest prove someone is guilty for a death?
A. An inquest is not a criminal or civil investigation and the Coroner cannot attribute blame to anyone.However the findings of the Coroner can often be used to help family members pursue a civil claim for compensation. Howells can help you at each step of the way through the inquest and advise whether there is a potential claim for compensation.
Q. Is public funding available for help with an inquest?
A. There is still public funding available to some families for the preparation for and representation at inquests. Your financial circumstances will be taken into account when assessing your eligibility for public funding. Our experienced team will be able to advise you of possible funding options.
For more questions on the process of making a claim see FAQs.