The government has announced that it will progress legislation removing the means test for bereaved families applying for legal aid through the exceptional case funding (ECF) scheme.

The government also proposes to provide non-means tested legal help in relation to an inquest where exceptional case funding has been granted for legal representation.  The Ministry of Justice had previously decided in 2019 that it would not introduce automatic public funding where the state is represented, saying the additional £30m-£70m spend would run counter to the wider policy intention of ensuring that legal aid was targeted at those who need it most, for the most serious cases in which legal advice and representation was justified.  Dr Anton van Dellen has frequently represented families at complex inquests in which multiple state participants are legally represented.

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Barrister in this story – Dr Anton van Dellen

Dr Anton van Dellen has experience in a wide range of defamation proceedings, ranging from pre-action advice to fully contested High Court claims and appeals up to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He also has sound experience in bringing Judicial Reviews and appeals against a wide range of public authorities, challenging decisions for being unlawful, irrational and/or failing to follow published guidance. High Net Worth clients are represented by Dr Anton van Dellen in a range of litigation involving disputes over assets.

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