Founded in 1981, INQUEST is the only charity in England and Wales providing expertise on contentious deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, other advice and support agencies, media, parliamentarians and the general public. Our range of cases includes custody and detention, multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question, such as with Hillsborough and Grenfell. You can find more information on our website, particularly in our Impact Report, and on our Campaigns, and Media Releases webpages.
The Casework Team provide specialist casework advice and support to bereaved families and individuals following a contentious death in statutory settings or through multi agency failings requiring an inquest and investigation. You will be working alongside a Casework Team of two Senior Caseworkers including the Grenfell Project Coordinator, three Caseworkers, and two Casework Assistants, overseen by the Head of Casework. You will have regular contact with the Family Participation Officer and with the policy team.
The purpose of the role is to provide specialist legal advice bereaved families facing an investigation and inquest process into a state related contentious death; secure legal representation for families through the INQUEST Lawyers Group; liaise with external organisations, including lawyers, coroners and public bodies such as the PPO and the IOPC, work alongside the Communications Officer on media engagement; and identify key cases as part of INQUEST’s strategic work.
The successful candidate will have experience of casework and advice provision, preferably in inquest law and related investigations. They will be expected to identify themes and trends arising from cases and contribute to the organisations strategic work. In addition, they will be required to organise stakeholders meetings and occasionally represent INQUEST at external meetings.
They will possess outstanding communication and organisation skills, will enjoy working in a very fast paced environment, and will adhere to INQUEST values and commitment to social justice, equality and diversity as well as our commitment to tackling racism and discrimination.