Families of victims of Birmingham Pub Bombings to get legal aid funding

Birmingham pub bombings families campaigning for legal aid Credit: BPM Media

The families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings will get legal aid funding at new inquests because of proposed change in the law.

The change sees a change in a technicality that prevented the legal aid agency from awarding funding to non-UK lawyers because they were 'out of jurisdiction'.

The Northern-Irish based lawyers for the families of some of those killed in the deadly 1974 double blasts had called for an "equality of arms" on funding to allow them to take a full part in the hearings.

The coroner due to hear the inquests, Peter Thornton QC, had backed an application by lawyers acting for nine of the families saying there was a"compelling case for proper legal representation".

A spokesman for KRW Law, representing the bulk of the families, said onThursday it would be able to apply for funding, once a proposed new amendment to the Civil Legal Aid Procedures Regulations bill was made law.

It would be a travesty for families to be denied justice simply because of a technicality. Which is why I have taken the decision to change the regulations around inquest funding.

Sir Oliver Heald QC, minister for legal aid