Bereaved family say they need £50,000 to pay for legal representation at inquest – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2018 in bereavement, costs, fees, inquests, legal representation, news by sally

‘The parents of a vulnerable student who took her own life at a university where there has been a series of deaths have spoken of the difficulty of ensuring there is a fair and transparent investigation because they are struggling to match the legal firepower of other parties involved.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Westminster attack: PC Keith Palmer could have been saved if Met put armed police on Parliament gates, coroner finds – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2018 in firearms, inquests, London, news, parliament, police by tracey

‘”Shortcomings in security” outside the Houses of Parliament contributed to the death of a police officer during the Westminster attack, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2018

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Pret allergy death: Government to review food labelling law – BBC News

‘The prime minister has called for a review of food labelling laws after a teenager died from an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger sandwich.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2018

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Pret allergy labelling ‘inadequate’, baguette death inquest finds – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2018 in food, health & safety, inquests, labelling, news by tracey

‘Pret a Manger’s allergy labelling was inadequate, the coroner in the case of a girl who died after eating a baguette from the food chain has said.’

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BBC News, 28th September 2018

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Birmingham pub bombing inquests: Suspects will not be named – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2018 in anonymity, appeals, explosives, inquests, news by tracey

‘Suspects in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings will not be named at fresh inquests, the appeal court has ruled. Coroner Sir Peter Thornton challenged an earlier High Court decision to allow evidence about alleged suspects to be included in the inquest hearings. Judges at the Court of Appeal have now ruled in the coroner’s favour.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2018

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NHS trust’s letter of apology after a patient died from drinking cleaning fluid criticised by senior coroner – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in elderly, hazardous substances, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash floor cleaner has apologised after a coroner’s strident criticism of its “serious failings”.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2018

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Friend of student who died after taking MDMA could go to jail for supplying drugs – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2018 in drug offences, inquests, news by sally

‘The friend of a student who died after taking ecstasy as she celebrated finishing university has been told she could receive a custodial sentence for supplying controlled drugs.’

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The Guardian, 18th September 2018

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Westminster terror attack: Victims’ inquest to begin – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2018 in inquests, news, terrorism by tracey

‘An inquest into the deaths of the five people killed in the Westminster terror attack is due to start later.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2018

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Change to evidential standard could lead to more suicide verdicts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 7th, 2018 in burden of proof, inquests, news, standard of proof, suicide by tracey

‘A recent decision on the evidential standard of proof required for a coroner or jury to return a conclusion of suicide could lead to an increased number of “suicide” conclusions being upheld, and a change in the rules surrounding the burden of proof applied at inquests in the future.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th September 2018

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‘Gross failure’ in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft death – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2018 in children, delay, hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘There was “gross failure” in the care of a toddler who died while awaiting emergency surgery, a coroner has said. Serious and basic failings led to an “unacceptable delay” in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft’s operation on a diaphragmatic hernia, an inquest heard.’

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BBC News, 6th September 2018

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Stephen Port victims’ families say legal funding unfair – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2018 in families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘Families of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port say it is unfair that they have to pay for legal representation at inquests into their relatives’ deaths while the police can rely on public money for their costs.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2018

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Baby died while left in car seat on hotel bunk bed – BBC News

Posted August 31st, 2018 in children, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A newborn baby died after being placed in a car seat on a hotel room bunk bed overnight, it has emerged. The 10-week-old twin was found unresponsive at the accommodation in Wigan in July 2016. Investigations found the infants had been left on the bottom bunk while their parents drank in the hotel bar. However, a serious case review said the adults were not “excessively intoxicated” and the child had been alive upon their return to the room. No criminal charges were brought and a coroner was unable to ascertain the cause of death.’

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BBC News, 31st August 2018

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Standard of Proof for Suicide in Inquests: R (on the application of Thomas Maughan) v Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2018] EWHC 1955 (Admin) – Henderson Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in inquests, news, standard of proof, suicide by sally

‘On 26 July, Leggatt LJ, sitting with Nicol J, handed down a judgment that challenges the long-held view that suicide must be proved to the criminal standard of proof in an inquest. Leggatt LJ, considering the purpose of modern coroner’s courts and the relevant jurisprudence, held that the correct standard of proof to be applied is the normal civil standard of balance of probabilities.’

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Henderson Chambers, 31st July 2018

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Does AYBS cue the introduction of a fast track approach for the Coroner? – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in burials and cremation, delay, inquests, Judaism, news by sally

‘Lorraine Harris looks at the recent case of Adath Yisroel Burial Society (AYBS) and its impact on how the Coroner should approach requests for the expedition of cases.’

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Park Square Barristers, 20th July 2018

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Hayley Gascoigne, Died of a Broken Heart? – Laura Addy summarises Inquest – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in courts, inquests, news, paramedics by sally

‘On the 28th and 29th June 2018 Laura Addy represented Gary Long in the recent inquest into the tragic death of Hayley Gascoigne that was held at Hull Coroner’s Court before Professor Marks.’

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Park Square Barristers, 6th July 2018

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Inquest touching the death of James Sheffield – Caroline Wood discusses Inquest – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 6th, 2018 in hospitals, inquests, news by sally

‘The inquest touching on the death of James Sheffield was heard in Bolton Coroner’s Court over two days on 30th and 31st January 2018 by a Judge alone.’

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Park Square Barristers, 6th July 2018

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A Marriage Between The Human Rights Act and Medical Negligence?….The Engagement is Definitely Off! – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 6th, 2018 in hospitals, human rights, inquests, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘Lorraine Harris reviews the case of Parkinson which now clarifies the extremely limited use of Article 2 in cases of death following medical treatment, as well as the difficulty of challenging the decision making of a Coroner. Analysis at the close of the article reveals the salient points of the case.’

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Park Square Barristers, 10th July 2018

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Inquest negligence claim against Leigh Day thrown out – Legal Futures

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in inquests, law firms, negligence, news by tracey

‘A claim that well-known law firm Leigh Day was negligent in its representation of the family of the deceased at an inquest has been dismissed by the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd August 2018

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New balance of probabilities test for suicide verdict – Owain Thomas QC – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 30th, 2018 in inquests, news, standard of proof, suicide by sally

‘The received wisdom, supported by all leading texts on coroner’s law is that in order for a Coroner or jury to return a verdict of suicide in an inquest, the fact that the deceased deliberately took his own life must be established beyond a reasonable doubt, or in other words, to the criminal standard of proof.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th July 2018

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Hospital neglected woman who killed herself, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in accidents, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news by sally

‘A hospital neglected a vulnerable woman who accidentally killed herself in a part of the building bosses had been warned could be used for hanging, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2018

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