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How you can take action against public authorities?


When faced with an inquest into the death of a loved one, it can be an incredibly difficult time for you and your family. The stress can be overwhelming, especially when processing the news whilst legal processes are underway.


At Duncan Lewis in the Action Against Public Authorities department, we can interpret the Coroners Rules (2013) which apply to the specific procedures in place which make up an inquest.


Which inquest relates to me?


An inquest can be held if a death has occurred within a public authority, or in other circumstances. The inquest is necessary to investigate the nature of the death and factually record what happened. A coroner’s inquest will not deal with any criminal proceedings instigated as a result of the inquest’s finding.


Please refer to the type of inquest which relates to your case:


  • Inquest: Deaths in Custody
  • Deaths in prison
  • Deaths in police custody
  • Death in a psychiatric hospital
  • Death in an immigration detention centre
  • Inquest: Other Deaths
  • Death in a care home
  • Death in hospital
  • Death in the community
  • Death by suicide
  • Death from a road traffic collision


At Duncan Lewis our Action Against Public Authorities department has in-depth experience dealing with inquests investigating deaths which have occurred in various public authorities and institutions. We can direct you to a specialist team of individuals that can support you through this process. Should you wish to appeal the result of an inquest, we can prepare and make a claim of appeal on your behalf.


Any circumstance surrounding a death can be a sensitive matter, we aim to make sure you are treated fairly and are professionally represented by our expert solicitors. Where an inquest relates to an alternative department of law, we can direct you to the most authoritative solicitors for your case.


If the death of your loved one has resulted in an inquest, or you wish to appeal the results of an inquest, contact Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors on 0333 772 0409.

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