Lawyers Representing 22 Relatives Who Lost Loved Ones And More Than 50 People Who Were Injured
British victims of the Tunisia terror attack and their families are marking the fifth anniversary of the atrocity.
A total of 38 holidaymakers, including 30 British holidaymakers, were killed in the attack at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse on 26 June, 2015.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell represents the families of 22 Britons who lost their lives as well as more than 50 Britons, many of whom suffered life changing injuries including gunshot and shrapnel wounds.
Irwin Mitchell is continuing to support families to try and help them come to terms with the tragedy and rebuild their lives.
Expert Opinion“The hurt and pain families continue to face is as strong now as it was five years ago. Many of our clients still face challenges to overcome the physical and psychological trauma of what they have been through.
“We are continuing to support families and are pursuing legal proceedings against TUI, the tour operator that organised our clients’ holidays. Allegations against TUI include multiple failures in security measures at the Tunisian hotel.
“Our clients may mark the fifth anniversary in their own way, but they are united in their determination for lessons to be learned to improve safety standards for tourists.” Kylie Hutchison - Senior Associate Solicitor
In 2017 an inquest into the deaths of the 30 Britons killed concluded they were unlawfully killed. In 2019 a number of conspirators were jailed in Tunisia for their role in the Sousse attack.
Among the clients Irwin Mitchell represents is Cheryl Stollery, whose husband John, 58, died in the attack. The couple from Nottinghamshire were on holiday with their son Matt.
Cheryl has spent the last few years campaigning for lessons to be learned from what happened as well as improving the support available for grieving families.
Cheryl said: “I remain as committed as ever to bring about effective change to help all victims and survivors of terrorism but in particular overseas victims.
“These families can often be forgotten as time progresses. However, our need for support is quite often more complicated by the nature of the terrorist incident taking place overseas where different laws, languages and customs are in place.”
Cheryl has been working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, charities and campaign groups the Counter-Terrorism Advisory Network and the Counter-Terrorism Victim and Survivors group.
She added: “While time passes our family’s grief for John doesn’t. He was a wonderful husband and father who always wanted the best, not only for our family but others in society through his job as a social worker.
“We are determined to honour his legacy by campaigning for change to create a more tolerant and cohesive society. We never want other families to go through what we have but it’s important that there is better awareness and understanding of the support available to families who may need it if the worst did happen.
“It’s vital to ensure that all agencies and organisations work together to help make a positive change.”
Find out more about Irwin Mitchell's expertise in supporting families at our terrorism cases section.