Bereavement and Inquests

The organisation INQUEST is the UK’s leading, expert organisation on inquests. It has produced invaluable resources for friends and families going through inquests: 

https://www.inquest.org.uk/Pages/Category/family-hub

The Centre for Military Justice is a member of INQUEST and the Inquest Lawyers Group. We work closely with them, sharing our experiences and working together to improve state responses to deaths generally and within the Ministry of Defence in particular. 

The Centre for Military Justice offers a specialist inquest service that is tailored to military families and which recognises the very particular challenges faced by them. Through our Director’s long-standing experience in representing bereaved military families at inquests, we are able to offer an expert, bespoke service, providing not only excellent legal representation (including representation in court by a barrister) but, if the case requires it and the family wishes to do so, help with wider campaigning, press support and follow-on lobbying work to try and ensure that other families do not have to go through the same thing in the future.  We may be able to link up families with other bereaved people and experts through our links with INQUEST, too.

If you have suffered the death of a loved one in or connected to service, please do not delay in taking legal advice. There may be urgent steps that we can help you with. The service is free. If we cannot help you we will find you someone who can.

The Director’s previous inquest cases include:

Inquest touching the death of Pte Sean Benton (Deepcut barracks). Verdict here: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/sites/default/files/BENTON%20-%20FINDINGS.pdf 

Press release here:  https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/news/press-releases-and-statements/liberty-calls-civilian-police-investigate-all-military-crimes-0

Inquest touching the death of Pte Cheryl James (Deepcut barracks). Verdict here: https://digitalpressoffice.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/cj-finalconclusions.pdf

Press release here: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/news/press-releases-and-statements/cheryl-james-verdict-liberty-calls-reform-tackle-pervasive

Legal representation and advocacy support to the family of Pte James Collinson (Deepcut barracks). More information here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49114731

Inquest touching the death of Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement. Press coverage: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/03/anne-marie-ellement-inquest-mod-care-vulnerable; https://www.channel4.com/news/anne-marie-ellement-inquest-suicide-bullying-rape; https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10672553/Cpl-Anne-Marie-Ellement-Army-apologises-as-coroner-finds-bullying-was-suicide-factor.html

Inquests into the deaths of Rfn Darren Mitchell and C/Cpl James Ross. Press coverage: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/army-must-do-more-to-support-soldiers-in-distress-say-families-horrified-by-ballykinler-inquest-evidence-37862853.html

Non military inquests include:

Inquest touching the death of Naomi Bryant:

https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/news/press-releases/inquest-secured-human-rights-act-finds-institutional-failings-contributed-death

Inquest touching the death of Alice Gross:

https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/news/blog/inquest-death-alice-gross-another-example-human-rights-act-delivering-truth-justice-and

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