Death or Attempted Suicide in Custody


Having a family member in custody is an extremely stressful time in itself. If the worst happens and your loved one passes away in custody, or attempts to take their own life, this opens up a whole new kind of suffering for all the family. No matter whether this occurs in police or prison custody, an immigration detention centre or a magistrates court cell, our experts can help.

Deaths in Custody

Between 2008 and 2018, there were more than 2,500 deaths in custody. Many of these deaths were due to failings or negligence of prison and police services, and could have been prevented. We can help you make sure that the person or people responsible will be held to account by bringing a claim for compensation.

If you have lost a husband, wife or child to a death in custody, it can be extremely difficult to find out information about the circumstances surrounding the death. It can be even more difficult if the death in custody was caused by negligence.

Attempted Suicide In Custody

We have extensive experience of dealing with attempted suicides in custody. If the suicide attempt was due to negligence and has left your loved one with ongoing injuries and symptoms, they may be entitled to claim compensation. These are difficult cases to run but our expert solicitors can help. If those affected do not have the capacity to deal with the claim themselves, we can help their families to make a claim on their behalf.

The information families need to decide if there has been negligence can be obtained at the Inquest – we can assist with this process as well. See our dedicated Inquest page.

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What is a death in Custody ?

This concerns someone who has died whilst in the custody of the police, prison service or any other authority. It applies to a death at a police station, in prison, in a Magistrates’ Court cell, in an immigration or detention centre and after any contact with the police, regardless of where it happened.

You can make a claim for compensation for the death of a loved one who died as a result of a fight between prisoners if the prison service has been negligent and failed to prevent the death.

Contact Us

We recommend that you contact us as soon as you are aware of the death in custody so we can ensure you are in time to make a claim for negligence. The time limit is usually three years from the date of death.

Funding options to run these claims are available, including no win, no fee and insurance backed claims.

If you need assistance, please call Ashley Singer on 0800 1 444 111 or email

We’ll aim to make the legal process as simple to understand as possible and we’re happy to answer any questions you have along the way.

Our aim is to offer the very best service so you can rest assured knowing your case is in good hands.

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Get in touch with our expert Death in Custody team today.


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