Funding an inquest
The Government has retained Legal Help, the advice and assistance level of legal aid, for inquests into the death of a member of the individual’s family. Funding for actual representation at an inquest is not generally available
Legal Aid Funding for representation at inquests is currently provided under the Legal Aid exceptional case funding scheme (this is different to Legal Help). The guidance now makes it clear that legal aid is likely to be awarded for representation of the bereaved ‘family member’ at an inquest following the non-natural death or suicide of a person detained by police, in prison or in a mental health unit. Legal Aid is available to the family of the deceased to cover the costs of the inquest and associated proceedings.
A ‘No Win-No Fee’ agreement is an arrangement between solicitor and client which means that if your compensation case is not successful we are not paid for the work undertaken and we will not look to you for our legal fees. In addition, we shall arrange appropriate insurance cover to meet any expenses incurred on your behalf along with the other parties’ legal costs.
You can be reassured that there is no financial risk to you if you are unsuccessful.
If you win your case we are paid our basic legal costs, along with any expenses incurred, from the losing party. Any expenses that are not recoverable will be covered by insurance.
If you win we may look to you for our success fee in certain cases. This will be confirmed by a member of our Civil Inquest Team