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Inquests

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Inquests

Where the death of a family member or loved one is unexpected or there are concerns regarding the circumstances surrounding their death, a Coroner will conduct an investigation into the death and ultimately reach a conclusion as to where, when and how the person died.

At Howells we have specialist solicitors who represent families at inquests to get answers to how their loved one died.

We will ensure that you have the support and information you need to participate fully and get as many answers as possible.

If you feel that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding your loved ones death we may be able to offer support and assistance with preparing and attending an inquest. We know the many people are hesitant about contacting a solicitor but we’re just regular people with a particular expertise – and we’re on your side. Besides, an initial call costs nothing and our specialist team will listen sympathetically before advising on your options and recommended next steps.

Medical Negligence Advice

Are you thinking of making a Medical Negligence Claim? See below an advice sheet on what you should do to prepare:

Think you have a case for Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence – Advice on Making a Claim

How we can help

If you feel that you may have a claim for compensation then get in touch today. We know that many people are hesitant about contacting a solicitor but we’re just regular people with a particular expertise – and we’re on your side. Besides, an initial call costs nothing and our Medical Negligence team will listen sympathetically before advising on your options and recommended next steps.

Why choose us?

Our specialist team have a wealth of experience in representing clients at extremely complex inquests, including those where the Coroner has determined that Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (The right to life) is engaged.

Our specialist solicitors are an integral part of the clinical negligence and personal injury department at Howells and will also be able to advise you on the merits of any potential claim, for those who wish to also bring a civil claim for compensation.

We will advise on the merits of every claim brought to us, and regardless of its size, complexity or impact, we’ll give each one the care and attention it deserves.

If you choose us to represent you, we will look after you, as here at Howells we are committed to:

  • Removing any fear, worry or mystery about the legal process
  • Communicating regularly, openly and sensitively
  • Remaining a strong, staunch and tireless advocate for your rights

Drop In Sessions

The following drop-in session are held weekly:

Sheffield – Tuesday 10am – 4pm

Rotherham –Thursday 10am – 4pm

Barnsley – Wednesday 10am – 4pm

If you think you may have a claim call in to speak to one of the team, no appointment necessary.

2 steps to contacting Howells:

Step 1

Call our New Enquiry Team on 0114 249 66 66 or email [email protected] for an initial chat about your situation.

Step 2

We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.

The Team

Our Medical Negligence team, headed up by the highly rated Michelle Gyte, is a specialist practice group driven hard by their belief that everyone is entitled to access to justice.

Professionally, this is a group of highly skilled, very diligent medical negligence lawyers who scrutinise every aspect of a claim, and represent their clients tirelessly. Very simply, they want to give people the best possible chance of continuing their lives with the requisite financial and medical support.

Personally, they are down to earth, friendly and approachable people whom you can talk to and confide in. They’ve seen most things and understand how these traumatic incidents can devastate lives, gauging the true cost of the physical, psychological and emotional damage sustained. They will listen and encourage and then use their technical skills to translate everything that they’ve heard and felt into positive action for you.

Chambers UK 2019
The prestigious Chambers UK guide ranks the department highly and says Howells “noteworthy team” offers “a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. Further experience of claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital and A&E care and delayed diagnoses. Also acts on spinal injury claims, including cauda equina syndrome cases.” “Interviewees highlight the lawyers for their “strong client-driven approach to the work.”

Head of department Michelle Gyte is named as a Star Associate, who “is well regarded in the clinical negligence field. She advises on claims arising from delays in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other conditions. She also acts on cauda equina syndrome cases and fatality claims.”

Legal 500 2018
The Legal 500 recommends Howells Clinical Negligence department, saying the firm “is recognised for its ‘longstanding experience in the field’ of clinical negligence and its ‘personal attention to clients’. The practice has expertise in niche claims such as those relating to prison healthcare, walk in centres, provision of mental health care and human rights considerations. The team also handles wrongful birth claims, delayed and misdiagnosis of cancer, substandard orthopaedic surgery claims as well as representing clients at inquests. In addition, it is one of the few practices with a legal aid agency clinical negligence franchise. The ‘very experienced claimant clinical negligence solicitor’ Michelle Gyte is singled out for having ‘managed many high value claims’.

Claire Carratt
Legal Secretary
0114 249 6608
Amy Fiddler
Solicitor
0114 249 6673
Michelle Gyte
Solicitor / Head of Clinical Negligence
0114 249 6695
Casey Heath
Paralegal
0114 249 6625
Rubina Khanom
Chartered Legal Executive
0114 249 6799
Jenna Kisala
Senior Solicitor
0114 249 6754
Sasha Marshall-Congreve
Legal Secretary
0114 249 6706
Rebecca Pepper
Solicitor
0114 249 6712
Ella Robb
Legal Secretary