Category Coroner’s Courts
The facts in Powell & Ors v The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police  EWHC B12 (Costs) are quite extraordinary. This judgment, on the issue of costs, adds to the material relating to proportionality. Equally important is the fact that it provides some guidance as to the steps a claimant is able recover costs for […]
In Douglas v Ministry of Justice & Anor  EWHC B2 (Costs) Master Leonard considered the issue of the recoverability of costs of attending an inquest. There is a highly nuanced approach. There is support for some of the costs of a deceased party attending the inquest being recoverable. It adds an added layer of complexity to representation […]
PRACTICE, PROCEDURE AND FAIR PROCEEDINGS IN THE CORONER’S COURT: WILSON -v- HM SENIOR CORONER FOR BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL
In Wilson -v- HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull  ewhc 2561 (Admin) l the Divisional Court rejected an application for judicial review of a Coroner’s narrative verdict. “Fairness in an inquest must be fashioned in an environment where there are no pleadings and in which those given leave to appear as interested persons […]
Here we look at some particular points relating to the funding of fatal accidents. These matters are considered in more detail in the 3rd edition of Fatal Accident Litigation which will be published shortly by Jordans. Details available here. THE PORTALS AND LOW VALUE PROTOCOL It would be unusual for a claim involving a fatal […]
There is an important article in the Independent dealing with delays in the coroner’s courts. The article shows that the average period is 26 weeks. However there are major variations with some areas taking twice as long and one inquest taking seven years to complete.