Joining the INQUEST Lawyers Group
The INQUEST Lawyers’ Group (ILG) supports the work of INQUEST and is a national group of lawyers who act in the field of inquest law predominantly for bereaved families, and share INQUEST's objectives as outlined below..
The ILG promotes and develops knowledge and expertise in the law and practice of inquests by acting as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience and offering training. Alongside INQUEST the ILG campaigns for reform on issues of concern – for example, for public funding to enable specialist legal representation for bereaved people at inquests.
INQUEST’s objectives are:
- to bring about changes in law and practice which reduce the number of deaths in custody and improve the treatment and care of those within the institutions where deaths occur; and
- to secure an inquest and investigation process that treats bereaved families with dignity and respect, ensures accountability for deaths and effectively disseminates the lessons learned from the process to prevent further deaths.
INQUEST is committed to challenging discrimination. Priorities for our work include the care and treatment of women, black people, children and young people, and those with mental health problems.
INQUEST works towards these objectives through a combination of specialist casework and public campaigning work.
ILG members are required to share INQUEST’s objectives.
Benefits of full ILG membership for practitioners:
- Subscription to Inquest Law (published 3 times a year) – the only publicly available journal that provides regular casenotes and reports on inquests following contentious deaths and updates on changes to inquest law and policy;
- Inclusion in a specialist private email group of ILG members with circulation of regular email updates on inquest law related cases, judgments and changes in policy, procedure and practice;
- Access to INQUEST’s casework and policy expertise including information and advice on individual cases, inquest law, practice and policy background;
- Provision of media support and issuing of press releases from INQUEST in selected, specialist cases;
- Opportunity to input into INQUEST’s policy and campaigning work around inquests including regular roundtable meetings with, for example, the Chief Coroner, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Legal Aid Agency;
- Invitations to regular meetings hosted by leading professionals to discuss current issues in inquest law and practice (CPD points available);
- Opportunity to discuss issues and network with peers at meetings and through the ILG email group;
- Preferential rates for INQUEST training courses.
Those eligible to be full members of the ILG are:
- Individual barristers (including pupils); or,
- Individual solicitors or firms
who share INQUEST’s objectives and predominantly represent bereaved families at inquests.
- Practitioners who do not predominantly act for bereaved families in inquests are not eligible to join the ILG.
- Barristers’ chambers cannot join the ILG but individual barristers can.
- Full-time coroners cannot be members of the ILG.
However, groups and individuals not eligible for ILG membership are welcome to take out a stand-alone subscription to Inquest Law magazine
The ILG operates on trust and professional judgment. There is an ongoing obligation to inform INQUEST if an individual or firm’s practice changes and they feel they no longer meet the criteria for ILG membership.
ILG annual fee structure The fee structure for membership of the INQUEST Lawyers Group from 1 October 2009 is outlined below. Membership of the ILG runs for one year from the date your payment is received.
Solicitors firms Suitable for solicitors firms with solicitors who represent bereaved families and who support INQUEST's aims and objectives; includes membership of the private email discussion group for practitioners.
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Barristers Suitable for individual barristers and pupils who represent bereaved families and support INQUEST's aims and objectives; includes membership of the private email discussion group for practitioners. Please note that barristers' chambers are not eligible to join the ILG, only individual barristers and pupils.
The fees for membership of the ILG have not risen in over five years; in future it is the intention to review fees on an annual basis
Subscriptions to Inquest Law magazine
Subscription rates for Inquest Law (which remains free to ILG members) for non-ILG members from 1 October 2009 are:
- Institutional (organisations/coroners/law libraries/academic institutions/etc) - £100
- Private individuals - £75
If you would like to subscribe to Inquest Law only, please visit this page. Anyone can subscribe to the journal.
If you do not wish to join the ILG, but would like to support the work of INQUEST financially, you can donate here.
‘At the time of the tragedy, I had no idea of what to do or who to turn to. By luck, I found yourselves and contacted you, the rest as we say is history. On behalf of [my brother's] family, friends and myself I would just like to thank you so much for your professional support and advice during that difficult period and without that help, I do not think we would be where we are today.’
– Brother of a man who died in police custody