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Legal Action Group
Inquests a Practitioner's Guide
Edition: 2nd 2008
Author: Leslie Thomas, Adam Straw and Danny Friedman
ISBN: 978-1-903 7 57-1
Publishers: Legal Action Group
Publication Date: 2008
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There are few things as traumatic as the sudden death of a loved one. When that death occurs as a result of misconduct or negligence by a public body, the bereaved are often faced with an overwhelming desire to discover the truth as to how and why their loved one died.
The practitioner called on to represent grieving families and friends is faced with a real responsibility. Inquests: a practitioner's guide is the only text that examines the practice and procedure of the coroner's court from the point of view of those acting for the bereaved. It is vital in a jurisdiction with few written procedural rules.
This unique guide contains a wealth of tips and tactical guidance from leading practitioners in the field of inquest law. Changes since the last edition include:
An analysis of the fundamental changes to coronial law made under ECHR article 2
Coverage of the law and practice of narrative verdicts, with supporting precedents
A digest of resources for holding public authorities to account
Substantially revised commentary on preliminary steps, funding, disclosure, evidence and juries.
Historical origins of modern inquests
Coroners: types, staff, duties, qualifications, appointment and bias
Reporting the death
Jurisdiction to hold an inquest
Immediate action on behalf of the deceased's family
Funding of representation at the inquest
Conference with the advocate
Pre-inquest hearings · The hearing
Inquests and the European Convention on Human Rights
Controversial deaths: special cases
Inquests: a practitioner's guide is not just a guide to current law, practice and procedure. It lends a powerful voice to the debate for a more just, fair and effective inquest system.
It contains historical detail and a comprehensive analysis of future developments that will be invaluable to all those who share the view that the coronial system is in need of fundamental reform.
Essential reading for barristers, solicitors and other advocates, coroners, campaigning organisations and public bodies.
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'If you have ever thought about representing a family at an inquest then this book is a must''
Leslie Thomas is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London specialising in civil claims against the police and public authorities. Leslie is a well-known expert in the field of inquest law and he represents bereaved families at inquests. He specialises in deaths in police or prison custody or psychiatric hospitals. He has been counsel for the families in many high-profile inquests including those touching the deaths of Wayne Douglas, James Brady, Ibrahim Sey, Michael Fitzgerald, Nathathan Delahunty, Christopher Alder, Michael Ward, Martin Green, and Kurt Howard. Some of these cases have gone to the European Court of Human Rights (Douglas, Brady and Fitzgerald). Leslie regularly speaks and provides training in the area of inquests. He is an active member of the Inquest Lawyers Group and a member of the INQUEST advisory group.
Adam Straw is a barrister at Tooks Chambers in London specialising in public law, inquests, prisoner's rights, mental health and discrimination. Adam has particular experience acting for families of the bereaved at inquests, and making public law challenges to coronial decisions. His inquest cases include deaths in custody and mental health detention, police shootings and restraint deaths, and deaths following state negligence. He has written widely on the subject for Solicitors Journal, New Law Journal, Legal Action and Inquest Law journal.
Danny Friedman is a barrister at Matrix Chambers in London specialising in civil liberties within the criminal justice system, civil actions against state organisations and public law including crime, inquests and general civil liberties related judicial review. Danny has acted for bereaved families in a number of right to life cases both in Strasbourg and in the UK, including Keenan v UK, Rowley v UK, Douglas v UK, R (Middleton) v West Yorkshire Coroner, R (Hurst) v Metropolitan Police, R (Stanley) v HM Coroner for Inner North London and R (Wright and Bennett) v SSHD. His inquests in relation to deaths abroad include James Miller and Terry Lloyd. He is a contributing editor to Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice and Human Rights Practice (both Sweet and Maxwell).
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