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Inquests present health and social care providers with challenges on a number of fronts, including managing reputational risks to the organisation and supporting staff through what can be a very stressful experience.
Whilst the style and approach of individual coroners can vary widely, the trend towards ever wider and more complex inquests continues, with coroners taking very seriously their duty to consider whether organisations have done enough to prevent future deaths.
Coupled with this, inquests are attracting increasing scrutiny from regulatory bodies such as the CQC, HSE and the Police. Inquests can also make good headline material for the media.
We have a large national team of healthcare regulatory lawyers with a wealth of experience in supporting both individuals and organisations across the health and social care sector through the inquest process. We conduct hundreds of inquests each year, including complex Article 2/jury inquests involving multiple parties.
Our team's broad national coverage and excellent local knowledge of coroners' working practices enables us to offer a highly adept and practical service to both NHS and independent sector organisations.
We can work with you to provide however much advice and support you need in relation to inquests, including: