Should The State Be More Candid About Sudden Death?

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Should there be a legal duty on the state to be more transparent in sudden and unexpected death cases? 

The lecture discusses the duty of candour, namely the principle that public authorities must assist the court with full and accurate explanations of the facts relevant to the issues the court must decide, rather than the authority’s objective being to win at all costs. 

What would a new legal duty look like? Who would enforce it? What would the sanctions be?

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This event was on Thu, 06 May 2021

Professor Leslie Thomas KC

Professor Leslie Thomas KC

Professor of Law

Professor Leslie Thomas KC was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in 2020 and is one of the top rated silks in the country, ranked leading individual by both Chambers and the Legal 500 (2022). He was made a QC in 2014.

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Pete has appeared in a number of high profile public inquiries, including those relating to the Grenfell Tower fire, and the fatal police shooting of Anthony Grainger. He is currently involved in the Manchester Arena and Undercover Policing inquiries.

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