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Inquest Solicitors

An inquest can be called where the facts surrounding an individual’s death need to be established. The inquest is called by the Coroner who will then carry out an investigation into that person’s death. Often this can be a lengthy process involving obtaining of documents, calling of witnesses, and obtaining of expert evidence.

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Why do I need an Inquest Solicitor?

Dean Wilson LLP are Expert Solicitors Dealing with Inquests

The purpose of the Inquest is to establish the following points:

  • Who was the person that died;
  • Where did that person die;
  • When did that person die; and
  • How did that person die

Usually, the parties who could be responsible for the person’s death will have legal representation at the inquest to protect their interests. We have extensive experience of acting for families at inquests to ensure that everything is done to identify any failings that may have contributed to their loved one’s death and ensure that there are appropriate changes to ensure that a similar incident cannot happen again.

Some examples of where we represent families at inquests are:

  • Accidents at work such as on constructions sites;
  • Deaths in hospital or healthcare settings;
  • Deaths whilst being detained under the Mental Health Act;
  • Deaths whilst in the custody of Police

During an Inquest a Coroner needs to establish answers to four questions:

  1. Who was the person that died;
  2. Where did that person die;
  3. When did that person die;
  4. How did that person die

The final question can often be considered widely and where there are suggestions of poor care or treatment the Coroner may look over a period of weeks or months before the person’s death.

The Coroner will establish who the Interested Parties are to the Inquest, and then decide what evidence is required for the Inquest. Interested Parties may be presented with the opportunity to make submissions to the Coroner as to what evidence they feel is required and what witnesses should be asked to provide statements. In certain circumstances, it will be possible to obtain expert evidence to assist the Coroner. Specialist legal assistance can help to ensure that the Coroner obtains all of the evidence required to get to the bottom of how the person died.

There will then usually be an Inquest hearing. The Coroner will ask questions to the witnesses and Interested Parties or their lawyers will also have an opportunity to ask questions. At the end of the Inquest, the Coroner will provide a ruling as to the cause of death, and again, they will take submissions from Interested Parties or their legal representatives on what ruling they should consider. The cause of death will then be a matter of public record.

If the Coroner is concerned that failings have contributed to the death, then they can make a Prevention of Future Deaths report. The body concerned then has 56 days to set out what changes they have made in order to ensure that deaths do not occur in the future. A copy of the report also gets sent to the Secretary of State.

Legal representation will not be required for every Inquest, although we recommended that for deaths where another party may be at fault, advice is taken before the Inquest takes place. Public bodies and large organisations will usually be legal represented which can make the process daunting.

We are happy to advise you free of charge whether you should be obtaining legal representation for an Inquest.

An Inquest will take as long as is required to hear all of the evidence. Most cases will not take more than a week, and will be finished within a few days. Some very straightforward Inquests will take less than a day to conclude.

No Win No Fee Inquest Solicitors

We are passionate about achieving justice for families and to hold to account authority bodies who could be responsible for a death of a loved one. Often we have been able to use verdicts from inquests as vital evidence to then bring a claim for compensation, and loss of dependency afterwards.

All our Solicitors dealing with Inquests are happy to work on a no win no fee basis, and in certain circumstances pro bono.

The Dean Wilson team has extensive experience and is recommended by the legal publications and Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500. Alex Brown is a recognised specialist in Personal Injury and has appeared in Chambers and the Legal 500 as a result of the complex cases he has been successful in. Alex is recommended as having ‘excellent interpersonal skills’ and has a ‘calm, efficient manner and also shows empathy for a complex situation – he reassures while being realistic and honest’. Chambers and Partners 2022 ranks Alex as ‘Up and Coming’ Solicitor.

Ben Davey is also ranked as an ‘Associate to watch’ by Chambers and Partners 2022 and a ‘Rising Star’ by The Legal 500 2022. He has reached successful outcomes in a number of complex cases and was described as ‘a truly outstanding professional – he is willing to go the extra mile and you can always rely on him to ensure clients get justice.’

To speak to a member of our experienced team of solicitors, please call 01273 249200 for free initial advice about your claim.

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Samantha Brace

Trainee Solicitor

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Samantha Brace

Trainee Solicitor

Samantha is currently undergoing her first seat as a trainee Solicitor in our Personal Injury & Medical Negligence team, assisting Alex Brown, head of the Personal Injury department with claims in relation to severe and life changing injuries resulting in: 

  • Brain Injury 
  • Birth Injury 
  • Severe Orthopaedic Injuries  
  • Spinal Cord Injury 

Samantha previously worked as a Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution team running her own possession claims assisting landlords recover their residential property along with any rent arrears owed and a successful Judgment for their legal costs. 

Samantha worked closely with a well-known local managing agents to help clients achieve the best possible outcome. She also assisted senior members in the team with more general litigation matters. 

Qualifications

  • 1st Class LLB Law (Hons)
  • LPC LLM with Distinction in Professional Legal Practice

Samantha can be contacted by email: slb@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249298. 

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Partner & Head of Department, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Partner & Head of Department, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Alex is the head of the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team specialises in severe and life changing injuries to Claimants who have suffered Personal Injuries, Criminal Injuries & Medical Negligence resulting in:

  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Birth Injury
  • Amputations
  • Severe Orthopaedic Injuries

Recent Client Matters

Qualifications, Membership & Directory Rankings

  • Solicitor (LLB Hons)
  • Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Headway Panel Solicitor
  • Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (Brighton)
  • Chambers & Partner (Band 2 Partner, Personal Injury and Band 3 Partner, Medical Negligence) 
  • Legal 500 (Next Generation Partner, Medical Negligence)

Brown, Alex

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Ben Davey

Senior Chartered Legal Executive, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Ben Davey

Senior Chartered Legal Executive, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Ben is a Senior Chartered Legal Executive in the Personal Injury & Medical Negligence team. He specialises in complex personal injury and medical negligence claims, acting for the injured party or the families. He specialises in a wide range of life-changing injuries ranging from road traffic accidents, employment claims to severe injury medical negligence claims. Ben is also frequently instructed to represent families at inquest. 

Ben has dealt with a number of profile matters which have been reported in the regional, national, and international media. 

Recent Client Matters

Personal Injury

Medical Negligence

Inquests

Human Rights

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Feedback

Ben works hard to get the best possible results for his clients. He is organised, has good analytical skills and a good eye for detail – Chambers & Partners 2024

 

Thinks outside the box – he sees and acknowledges my struggles – The Legal 500 2023

 

Years of relevant experience and can take cases forward and to successful conclusions with vigour – The Legal 500 2022

 

Truly outstanding professional – he is willing to go the extra mile and you can always rely on him to ensure clients get justice - Chambers and Partners 2022

 

Ben Davey was highly professional, diligent and constructively helpful in his explanations. Ben quickly identified the issues and provided a practical approach to deal with the issues in question and accordingly I have no hesitation in recommending him and his firm – Google review

Qualifications, Membership (& Directory Rankings)

  • Senior Chartered Legal Executive (FCilex)
  • Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Headway Panel Solicitor
  • Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (Brighton)

Davey, Ben

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Jessica Edwards

Solicitor, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Jessica Edwards

Solicitor, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

I am a Solicitor specialising in personal injury and medical negligence claims. I qualified as a Solicitor in March 2022, having previously spent 4 years working with the team assisting on high value catastrophic injury cases involving brain and spinal cord injury.

I only act for the injured party (Claimants). My specialism is working with people who suffer serious injuries, which may have been caused by:

  • Road traffic accidents including Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians
  • Accidents at work
  • Accidents on public property/highways
  • Medical Negligence/Injury

Recent Client Matters

I have previously reached settlement for my clients who have suffered a range of injuries including fractures, soft tissue injuries and PTSD. Following an accident, a client’s day to day life is affected. My role is to secure compensation for client’s whose ability to work and earn has been impacted and to help them meet future treatment needs on a private basis to assist their recovery.

I am currently assisting my colleague, Ben Davey, with the David Fuller inquiry and compensation scheme, and we act for many the affected family members.

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Negligence 
  • Inquests

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor (LLB Hons)
  • Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (Brighton)
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Tom Saady Gardiner

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Tom Saady Gardiner

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Tom is a Paralegal in the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team, assisting Ben Davey and Jessica Edwards with a variety of cases ranging from minor to severe. Tom has assisted on the successful settlement of a number of cases involving severe orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries.

Recent Client Matters

  • Tom assisted in securing a successful settlement for two secondary victim claims, where the Claimants were witnessed to the aftermath of a close family member sustaining severe orthopaedic injuries arising out of a road traffic collision.
  • Tom is assisting in the ongoing Article 3 (torture & degrading treatment) & Article 8 (private & family life) group action claim for more than 120 family members of David Fuller’s mortuary victims.
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Natasha Gunn

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Natasha Gunn

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Natasha is a Paralegal in the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team, and assists Ben Davey and Jessica Edwards with a variety of cases involving:

  • Severe orthopaedic injury
  • Brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Inquests
  • Psychiatric injury

Recent Client Matters

  • Natasha is assisting in the Article 8 (private & family life) group action claim for more than 120 family members of David Fuller’s mortuary victims.
  • Natasha has recently assisted on the settlement of a case involving a pedestrian who was struck by a car resulting in orthopaedic, dental and brain injuries. 

Qualifications, Membership

  • LLB (Hons)
  • LLM Law – International Human Rights Law
  • Currently studying towards the SQE (Solicitor Qualifying Exam)
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Becca Porter

Senior Legal Assistant / Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Becca Porter

Senior Legal Assistant / Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Becca supports Alex Brown and the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Team in cases involving severe and life changing injuries to claimants who have suffered personal injuries, criminal injuries & medical negligence resulting in:

  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Birth Injury
  • Amputations
  • Severe Orthopaedic Injuries

Recent Client Matters

Qualifications, Membership 

  • BA (Hons)

Very helpful advice and great understanding of the circumstances.

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