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Grenfell: One Year On (14 June 2018)

Date: 14/06/2018
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Grenfell: One Year On

A year has passed since the Grenfell Tower tragedy that took the lives of 72 people and destroyed the lives of hundreds of others in what would become the UK’s worst fire disaster.

Thousands of people were either watching from outside their homes in The Royal Borough of Kensington or watching on their televisions from the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 14th June 2017, as the 24-storey residential building was engulfed in flames. At least 72 people lost their lives that day and hundreds were made homeless.

The tragedy has left many residents with numerous legal issues, from re-housing in a suitable location, personal injury claims, to immigration issues due to documents being destroyed in the fire.

The public inquiry began last week in order to determine who is responsible for this fire and to examine the circumstances surrounding the event. The inquiry will consider the cause of the fire, the design of the building, fire regulations and whether or not they were complied with. The inquiry will also examine the arrangements that local authorities made after the fire, the fire prevention methods employed by the emergency services and the responses of both the fire brigade and the government after the fire.

Following the inquiry the Prime Minister will make recommendations for the future.

Duncan Lewis have been supporting survivors of the Grenfell fire since the tragedy, providing aid and legal services. We will be joining the memorial service this week to pay our respects to those who sadly lost their relatives and friends of all ages and from all walks of life. We will remember and pray for those who suffered and are still suffering a year on from the 14th June 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Author, Nilma Shah, is a solicitor in the Personal Injury department.

Contact Nilma on 020 3114 1274 or via email nilmap@duncanlewis.com.

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