UK: Inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire to consider role of cos. involved in refurbishment, incl. corporate manslaughter charges

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11 December 2017

Equality & Human Rights Commission announces investigation into Grenfell Tower fire

Author: BBC

Michael Mansfield QC, representing some of the 71 victims, called for a diverse panel to sit alongside the chairman... He said there was a "distinct feeling today that those people most affected have not been included".

Pete Weatherby, who represents 73 individuals, [...] also raised concerns that companies involved may "not act with candour" and may become "defensive", and said this was delaying the release of documents to survivors and families...

The Metropolitan Police is investigating offences including manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, misconduct in public office and breaches of fire safety regulations in relation to the fire, the inquiry heard.The force has already gathered 31 million documents and 2,500 physical exhibits. Some 1,144 witnesses have given statements and 383 companies are part of the investigation...

As the inquiry begins, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced its own investigation examining whether authorities failed in their legal obligations to residents. It will also look at whether the government has adequately investigated the fire - including looking into the public inquiry

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11 December 2017

Grenfell Tower: police investigating corporate manslaughter offences

Author: Owen Boycott, The Guardian (UK)

Criminal offences of manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, misconduct in public office and breaches of fire safety legislation are being considered by the police investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire...

"Survivors and the bereaved must be placed at the centre or heart of this process," said Friedman, who represents more than 60 bereaved family members... "I have repeatedly been told that what my clients need is a restoration of their human dignity..."

More than 230,000 documents had been obtained by the public inquiry from manufacturers, building contractors, suppliers and others...

Michael Mansfield QC, speaking on behalf of another group of law firms that represent other bereaved families, said the fire in the country’s wealthiest borough was a "national atrocity"... "n a community that has been ignored, what has happened since then has not restored their confidence..." 

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