Earlier this year, the High Court examined whether the costs of attending an inquest can be recovered by way of costs in subsequent civil proceedings (Roach and Matthews v The Home Office [2009]). The Court held that in principle such costs could be recovered but that each case should properly be decided by reference to its own circumstances. Issues of reasonableness and proportionality would be taken into account. This decision means that, in suitable cases, careful consideration should be given to admitting liability in a civil case issued prior to inquest proceedings, to minimise the overall outlay.