Inquests into the events surrounding tragic accidents and incidents are helping to deliver practical regulation to improve public safety.
Having participated in numerous inquests, helping to gather information and guide our clients through the process, HDY understand the pressures on both community members and clients. We work proactively with our clients to understand the cause of an event, and identify immediate action that can be taken before an inquest is underway. This action helps our clients’ exercise their functions or improve their systems, as well as improve public safety and prevents future similar events as soon as issues are apparent.
How we can help
We guide our clients through the inquest process, helping them to
- Manage inquests in a clear and cost efficient manner
- Understand the process, feel supported and give evidence to assist the inquest
- Ensure that expert evidence (including internal experts) is used effectively and that experts are appropriately briefed
- Determine what the key legal issues or main focus for the Coroner will be
- Reach a fair outcome that appropriately recognises the needs and statutory obligations of the client in relation to the event being investigated, whilst balancing its obligations to assist the Coroner to discharge their statutory duty.
Our goal is to help our clients to develop a solution that prevents the particular event or conduct from happening again, including working with counsel assisting and the Coroner to develop recommendations that achieve this balance.
Inquests are more common in some industries than others. As our government and community aim to reduce road transport deaths, for example, regulation around the road transport industry is often subject to inquests following a tragic event. You can find more information on HDY’s road transport regulation expertise here.
HDY is currently represented on the following panels for inquest engagements:
- NSW Whole of Government Panel.