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The Hillsborough inquest was a priceless experience

Siobhan Taylor-Ward reflects on the historic verdict and its wider impact on other inquests

4 July 2016

On 26 April 2016 I sat in a converted building in a suburb outside Warrington as history was made. For almost three years I worked as part of a team of lawyers, based in Liverpool's Broudie Jackson Canter, to represent the families of 20 of those who died at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989.

The job itself was unlike any I had done before and am likely to do again any time soon. Our lives were taken over by the case, as we worked nights and weekends on a regular basis to ensure nothing was missed. We had clients who had fought with dignity for over 25 years only to be denied justice over and over again. I felt the heavy burden on our shoulders as I realised that all of these people, who had been let down so many times by so many people and on so many levels, were still willing to put their trust in us. We had a job to do and the families inspired us to do it well.

As a law student and paralegal starting out, the experience was priceless. A number of Young Legal Aid ...

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