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What we do

Lochlinn Parker has more than a decade of experience assisting in guiding families, bereaved after a death in custody, through the inquest processHelen Fry has worked (alongside a team at Bindmans) on inquests supported by the Project, including representing the family of Alice Litman where the coroner found that the entire system of gender-affirming care in England was insufficiently resourced.  

Whether you are a family member of the deceased, a witness or another “interested person” (for instance, an organisation), we can help to guide you through the inquest process, making sure that the right questions are asked to get the answers you need, and so the correct lessons are learned. 

We have a particular focus on inquests that raise issues of wider public importance, particularly where there has been a failing by the State. We can help you to seek a prevention of future deaths report that aims to stop the same failures from being made in the future. 

Once the inquest has concluded, we can advise on whether the evidence heard and the outcome could mean you have a possible claim for compensation. We can also advise you on challenging a Coroner’s decision before, during and after an inquest, if you think they’ve got it wrong.

What are inquests?

After an unexpected death, an investigation, called an inquest, is held by a Coroner to determine when, where and how the person died.

In some cases, the Coroner will also need to consider the wider circumstances of a person’s death and whether failings by the State contributed to the death (an “Article 2” inquest).

The Coroner will also consider whether steps need to be taken to prevent others from dying in the same way, through issuing a “prevention of future deaths report”.