North Kensington Law Centre
Daily Legal Advice Drop-ins (Monday - Friday 10am-5pm)
We are running daily clinics to help local residents affected by the disaster to get the legal support and access to justice they need. If you have been directly affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster, please feel free to come to our offices. If you are unable to come and see us in person, please call us so we can discuss your issues over the phone.
We are open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.
You can phone us anytime on
020 8969 7473.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For expert advice and help with finding legal representation, contact INQUEST on 020 7263 1111
FAQ LEAFLET AVAILABLE HERE in different languages:
- Arabic/ عربى
- Amharic/ አማርኛ
- Chinese- Mandarin/中文 - 普通话
- Hindi/ हिंदी
- Tigrinya (Eritrea)/ትግርኛ
To request an additional translation email INQUEST [@] inquest.org.uk
Other updated multi lingual information for Grenfell residents and the community can be found here.
INQUEST are deeply shocked by the tragic fire at Grenfell tower and have seen first-hand the devastating impact on the affected communities. This has been exacerbated by the insensitive and inadequate response by both national and local Government.
There is rightly acute public concern about how this disaster will be investigated and we issued a statement to outline our view that a judicial public inquiry needed to be set up urgently. Inquests are limited in scope, do not allow for survivors (that are not themselves bereaved) or those with a wider interest an independent voice and cannot deal directly with the complex far reaching questions. For the inquiry to have the trust and confidence of survivors and bereaved they must be consulted with meaningfully on its terms of reference, to include the context, circumstances and aftermath of the tragedy.
Bereaved and survivors must have access to non-means tested public funding for legal representation on an equal footing to that of public authorities and private bodies. No stone must be left unturned, the truth about this tragedy exposed and those responsible brought to account.
For over 35 years INQUEST has provided free, confidential advice about contentious deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, community groups, lawyers and the voluntary sector. We are independent of the Government. This means that we are uniquely placed to advise about the various investigations now taking place into the fire at Grenfell Tower.
After advising one Grenfell resident a few weeks after the fire, he gave the feedback "‘That’s been so helpful and you have put my mind so much more at ease at rest."
GRENFELL TOWER INQUIRY - Consultation
INQUEST have submitted a detailed response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry consultation on the Terms of Reference. You can find a short version of the submission here. Our proposal is no more than those affected deserve and is necessary if the inquiry is to fulfil promises made by the Prime Minister. You can find more information about the inquiry on the official inquiry webpage.
Inquiry Vs Inquest
We welcome the establishment of the criminal investigation to run in tandem with the independent judicial public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. There are bereaved people and survivors and residents of tower blocks around the country with serious questions about how and why this disaster happened and who is responsible. Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected by this shocking tragedy. We are able to offer specialist advice and support to any bereaved people affected.
We are in no doubt that the interests of the bereaved families, survivors and the public at large are likely to be better served by a wide ranging judicial public inquiry rather than an inquest in a large scale disaster such as Grenfell House for the following reasons:
1. The scope of an inquest is necessarily constrained by its statutory purpose, i.e. to address who died, where they died, when they died and how they died, including the circumstances in which they died.
2. By contrast, the scope of a public inquiry can go much wider, with a broader discretion, greater powers and greater resources to address all relevant issues that arise, including the prevention of future deaths in similar circumstances.
3. Unlike an inquest, the terms of reference of a public inquiry can be designed to reflect the real imperatives arising out of the tragedy, including the most immediate one, to identify the steps that need to be taken urgently in relation to fire safety standards for other buildings of this nature. It can take place in phases over time: it can be required to provide a preliminary report on immediate matters of concern in a relatively short space of time, followed by phased sessions that are designed to meet the needs of families and survivors as well as the public.
4. At a public inquiry, families and survivors as well as other representatives of civil society (for example the Grenfell Action Group) should be entitled to recognition as core participants, with the benefit of public funding for legal representation and resources that are generally more generous than those available for families at an inquest. Only the families of the deceased may be entitled to recognition as properly interested persons at an inquest, and even then they are not guaranteed full legal representation or funding
5. Bereaved families have very similar rights of participation in an inquiry as they do at an inquest, and it is simply not correct to say that such families would not be able to ask questions of witnesses at a public inquiry. Indeed, not only bereaved families but also survivors and other recognised core participants may be permitted to question witnesses at a public inquiry, which cannot happen at an inquest.
6. The Coroner at an inquest into deaths in these circumstances has the discretion to summon a jury to hear and reach determinations upon all the evidence – there is no similar provision for a jury at a public inquiry, but instead the presiding judge may sit with a panel of advisors to produce an authoritative report to address all relevant issues, including recommendations arising from previous fire related deaths.
7. Finally, there can be both a public inquiry and an inquest, if for any reason the public inquiry does not deal with all issues of relevance to the purposes of an inquest: this has happened in some cases in the past (e.g Hillsborough, Zeebrugge, Ladbroke Grove rail crash).
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
The official website of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The site will be used to provide the latest information on the Inquiry, including details of hearings, evidence and how to contact the Inquiry Team.