A Coroner’s inquest can be a useful source of information in the early stages of an investigation. But it can also be a trap for the unwary.
An inquest can sometimes hear weeks of evidence before a jury is asked to reach one of a few simple verdicts. Juries often lose sight of the purpose of the inquest and embark on inappropriate lines of questioning that could incriminate the witness. Claimants’ solicitors will take the opportunity to examine potential defendants and seek to turn the inquest into a mini public inquiry.
Greenwoods will ensure representation at all inquest and pre-inquest hearings to protect directors and staff from improper questioning and also to gather as much useful evidence as possible from witnesses.
We are also able to advise on media management in situations where unwelcome press attention is likely to arise.