Liverpool students win plaudits for Hillsborough work as inquests are launched

Students at the University of Liverpool’s law clinic, who have analysed 20,000 documents to support lawyers at the current inquests into the stadium disaster, have won a national award for their work.

The Law Works and Attorney General Law Award comes in the same week that new inquests into the 1989 disaster were launched.

The students’ work centred around the documents compiled by the now-deceased Anne Williams, renowned for campaigning for 24 years to try and establish the true circumstances regarding the death of her son Kevin, aged 15 at the time of the disaster. 

Local firm Broudie Jackson Canter is handling the case, as well as that of 20 other bereaved families. It entered into a partnership with the university’s law clinic in December last year.

Clinic solicitor Christine Ball said of the students: “Their dedication enabled the legal team to comply with deadlines which would have been impossible to meet without the students’ assistance.”

Since completing their work on the Williams case, four teams of students have been asked to continue work on the inquest.

Lead barrister on the inquest Pete Weatherby QC said: “They [the students] have assisted us to prepare a case of almost unprecedented complexity and size which is of considerable interest and importance to many people; but most significantly to our clients who have campaigned for 25 years to receive justice for their loved ones.

“These proceedings represent their last and best opportunity to achieve that and the work of the students at the Liverpool Law Clinic is assisting us to work towards that end.”

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