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Grenfell victims must be pivotal in deciding representation

July 3, 2017

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The voices of the bereaved and injured must be pivotal in deciding who represents them in the Grenfell Tower inquiry, the Law Society of England and Wales said today, following comments by the solicitor general in parliament this morning.

"We welcome the government’s reassurance today that the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire will be involved and supported during the public inquiry and hope that the victims are equally involved in decisions about appointing their representative for the inquiry," said Law Society president Robert Bourns.

"They must be free to choose an independent public advocate who has their full confidence and who they trust to amplify their voices and views as well as to ensure that those truly and ultimately responsible are found.

"An expert in housing law with a history of fighting for disadvantaged tenants would be well placed to fulfil this role, though the bereaved and injured may have other criteria that are equally important to them."

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