The Court of Appeal have overturned a Divisional Court decision refusing a further inquest into the death of Jodey Whiting. Her mother, Joy Dove, argued that a second inquest was required to examine the role of the abrupt cessation of DWP payments on in Jodey’s death in 2017. Accepting the Appellant’s arguments, the Court concluded a fresh inquest was desirable to examine the question of whether the cessation of benefits was causally relevant in Jodey taking her own life.

Jeremy Hyam KC was instructed by Merry Varney, partner at Leigh Day and was leading Jesse Nicholls of Matrix Chambers.

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