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Medical Negligence Inquests

Making Medical Negligence Inquests

Where the death of a family member or loved one is unexpected or there are concerns regarding the circumstances of 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.

When to Make Medical Negligence Inquests


Our Medical Negligence team have specialist solicitors who represent families at medical negligence 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 of your loved one’s death we may be able to offer support and assistance with preparing and attending an inquest.

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.

Why Choose us for Medical Negligence Inquests?


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 for Medical Negligence Inquests


The following drop-in sessions for medical negligence inquests are held weekly:

  • Sheffield – Tuesday 10am – 4pm
  • Rotherham –Thursday 10am – 4pm
  • Barnsley – Wednesday 10am – 4pm

By telephone; We also hold free 30 minute telephone consultations – just call 0114 2496723 on Tuesday or Thursday 2pm – 5pm (for any office).

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

Medical Negligence Inquests FAQs

Who Decides if an Inquest is Needed?

A doctor or the police usually report a death to the Coroner, but the deceased’s loved ones can also approach the Coroner if they feel that a death should be reported.

What Happens During a Medical Negligence Inquest?

At a medical negligence inquest, the Coroner will hear evidence from the family, as well as doctors, nurses, and midwives who were involved in the deceased’s treatment.

What are the Three Elements of Medical Negligence?

It must be proven that the medical practitioner owed a duty of care to the patient, and that duty of care was breached, and the patient suffered harm as a result.

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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.


“You have made a very fortunate choice of legal representation who have done a fantastic job of persuading the Defendants to part with a large sum of money. I am certain that no legal team could have done better.” His Honour Judge Robinson, Medical Negligence Case, 2021 talking of the Howells team.

Chambers UK

The prestigious Chambers UK 2022 guide ranks the department highly and says Howells is a “noteworthy team offering a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. Further experience in claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital care, including severe birth injuries and delayed diagnoses. Also acts on spinal injury claims, amputations and fatal accidents. The department possesses significant experience in medical inquests.”

“They go the extra mile for the client and are highly efficient.”

Michele Gyte is named as a Star Associate in this area of law and that she is “A very good lawyer – technical, conscientious and hard-working.”

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2022 recommends Howells Clinical Negligence department, saying “Michelle Gyte directs the clinical negligence offering at Howells Solicitors. A specialist in birth injury and fatal accidents, she oversees a team notable for its expertise in niche areas such as prison healthcare, inquests and the interests of secondary victims. Notably the firm also covers matters arising from mental health care, purported violations of the Human Rights Act and supports families during inquests linked to the coronial process.”

Jenna Kisala is also named as a key lawyer in this field.

Jenna Kisala

0114 249 6754
Michelle Gyte

0114 249 6695
Amy Fiddler

0114 249 6673
Rebecca Pepper

0114 249 6712
Sasha Marshall-Congreve

0114 249 6706