What next for the Hillsborough families?

What next for the Hillsborough families?
Sunday, 30 September 2012 By John Shea

Following the recent publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the Hillsborough disaster, the Hillsborough Family Support Group ("HFSG") are now considering escalating their quest for justice by pursuing three possible legal avenues.

The three legal avenues that the HFSG are looking to pursue are considered in more detail in my article 'The legal opinions for the Hillsborough families' here however the following is a brief summary:

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John Shea

John Shea

John is a senior associate in the Sports Business Group at Lewis Silkin specialising in contentious, regulatory and disciplinary issues for clubs, agencies, governing bodies and athletes

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Comments (1)

  • David Winnie

    • 04 October 2012 at 09:40
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    It is difficult to see against whom criminal proceedings will be taken. Supt Murray was acquitted and is now dead. Chief Supt Duckenfield was not convicted at his trial in 2000 as the jury could not reach a verdict, but he was told by the judge that he would not face another trial. I cannot see that any further action can be taken against him without the same being an abuse of process.

    As to civil proceedings, those which were brought by bereaved have been deter;mined and compensation has been paid on the basis that the deceased lost his or her life. The fact that that life might have been saved had a more immediate response been made by the emergency services should not affect the total quantum of damages, although it might affect the contribution payable by joint tortfeasors.


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