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Inquests and Inquiries

Public Inquiries are a means of holding public bodies to account. They are established by Ministers after widespread expression of public concern about a particular event or situation.

The point of an Inquiry is to ascertain the facts about something that has happened and to learn lessons for the future.

There have been relatively few Public Inquiries in the United Kingdom. It is important that, should you have an interest which requires examination in an Inquiry, you are represented by lawyers that understand the process and have had experience in presenting cases before them.

It is important to remember that Public Inquiries cannot determine civil or criminal liability but can make findings or recommendations from which liability might arise. It is important that your lawyers understand how to present your interests at a Public Inquiry to best meet your expectations.

Lawyers at ITN have assisted our client’s in bringing to public attention important issues which have resulted in the commissioning of a Public Inquiry by a Minister. We have also represented clients who were core participants in an Inquiry.

Whether you want us to help you raise an issue important to you or to represent your interests in a public inquiry our lawyers will work closely with you to develop and implement a strategy tailored to your issues. Return to Civil Justice, Public Law and Victims of Crime

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