In Shaw -v- Kovac  EWHC 3335(QB) Judge Platts considered the question of whether there is a freestanding head of damages for “loss of life” together with some other aspects of the damages where the claim lies solely on behalf of the estate. “So in my judgment there is no independent free-standing claim of negligently […]
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 […]
Bindmans website has a summary of an important judgment in the case of R(Joanna Letts) -v- Lord Chancellor. The judge found that there were material errors in the Guidance given in relation to funding for representation for inquests. KEY POINTS OF JUDGMENT “For the reasons that I have set out above in my judgment this […]
The Report of the Chief Coroner to the Lord Chancellor is now available. This is worth reading as, among other things, it sets out the revised nature of the Coroner’s functions and the on-going reforms.
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.
A coroner has a duty to make reports in circumstances where they believe that action should be taken to prevent future deaths. These reports (previously known as Rule 43 reports) are now available online at the Tribunals Judiciary website. All reports since July 2013 will be uploaded. RELATED POSTS See the article which set out […]
Obtaining a work record is often an essential part of a fatal/industrial disease claim. Recently there have been difficulties because HMRC have refused to disclose records without a Court Order. This matter is noted in the latest Association of Personal Injury Lawyer Weekly News. There is a judicial review pending. THE TEXT FROM APIL “An issue […]
Inquest, an organisation that gives advice to bereaved people attending inquests, have a new website at http://www.inquest.org.uk/ It offers practice advice, in particular see the section “Are you bereaved?”