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A pioneering unique series of professional development lectures delivered in partnership with the School of Law. The centre aims to provide a unique area of legal education and research within the university’s School of Law. They aim to foster research synergies across the university and externally, to gain research funding, actively undertake and publish research and to liaise with the Coroner’s Society and the Chief Coroner. Overall, the centre aims to promote good coronial law and practice.

The course will be of use to people in a number of professions, particularly, Coroners, Legal practitioners, medical/ health practitioners, police, coroner’s office, medical examiners, fire & rescue, regulators/ inspectors (HSE/ CQC/ IPCC), Coronial Law Tutors and Post-graduate research students. The new national Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law at the University of Bolton was launched on Tuesday 4 October 2016 with the first Professor Jennifer Leeming Lecture, delivered by Chief Coroner of England and Wales, His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC.

The Late Professor Jennifer Leeming, Honorary Director, Professor of Law & HM Senior Coroner, Manchester West

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Welcome from our patron:
Rt Hon Professor Sir Ernest Ryder (Chancellor Emeritus and Centre Patron. Senior President of Tribunals in the United Kingdom)

A warm welcome to this significant event at the university.

As the busy, new Legal Year commences the Centre will bring development opportunities for legal and health practitioners alike, in synergy with the Police and other regulatory services marking a golden opportunity to enhance the delivery of legal services in the important coronial area.

I wish the Centre every future success.

The Centre’s Management

Gill Waugh

Dr Gill Waugh DEd BA (Hons) Cert Ed Med PGDE MA FifL SFHEA

Gill is the Dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies, Head of the School of Law & Head of the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law.

Beverley Caddick

Beverley Caddick LLB (Hons) PGCert FHEA

Beverley is the Academic Lead for the School of Law and Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law.

Sue Duncan

Dr Sue Duncan LLB (Hons) LLD (hc) Solicitor

Sue is the University Registrar, HM Assistant Coroner for Manchester West and Professional Facilitator for the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law.

The Centre’s Visiting Professors

Chris Dorries

Professor Christopher Dorries OBE

Professor Christopher Dorries OBE is a visiting professor for the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law and HM Senior Coroner for Yorkshire Southwest.

John Pollard

Professor John Pollard

Professor John Pollard is a visiting professor for the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law, Formerly HM Senior Coroner for Manchester South and current HM Assistant Coroner for Manchester West.

The Centre’s Industry Advisory Board

The Industry Advisory Board for The Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law consists of the following external members who provide advice and guidance to the Centre regarding its strategy, portfolio of academic programmes of study, and all aspects of its industry and external engagement.

Dr Bridget Dolan QC

Dr Bridget Dolan QC

Bridget’s specialist knowledge of Coronial Law comes from both sides of the bench. As well as sitting as an Assistant Coroner in West Sussex Bridget is a barrister in private practice at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, London, where she heads the Inquest and Inquiries Team.

Bridget’s practice covers the entire range of heavyweight cases that come before a coroner. She has acted for countless families, individuals, statutory bodies and private organisations in lengthy and high profile inquests. Bridget often acts as ‘Counsel to the Inquest’ in substantial and complex cases, in addition she frequently represents parties involved in the judicial review of coronial decisions in the High Court.

In 2015 she was Counsel to the Inquest in the long running In Amenas Inquests into the seven British deaths among the 40 men killed by Al-Qaeda linked terrorists at a gas plant in Algeria (a role which earned Bridget The Lawyer’s ‘Barrister of the Year’ award).

Bridget took an unconventional route to the bar, from a comprehensive school in Sunderland via a psychology degree at Bradford University, followed by research for her PhD in psychology at St George’s Medical School, London. After specialising in forensic psychology she undertook a law conversion course and commenced practice as a self-employed barrister at Serjeant’s Inn Chambers in 1998, taking ‘silk’ in 2016.

Bridget has co-edited the Inquest Law Reports since 2000 with Briony Ballard, she also writes and edits the popular UK Inquest Law Blog.

Joanne Kearsley

Andre Rebello

Professor Sir Ernest Ryder

The Rt Hon Professor Lord Justice Ryder, Lord Justice of Appeal, PC TD DL QC LLD (h.c.) FRSA is the Senior President of Tribunals.

Professor Sir Ernest Ryder succeeded the Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL DPhil LLD as the University's second Chancellor. He served his three year term from 1 January 2014 until December 31 2016.

One of the UK’s leading judges, Sir Ernest was born and raised locally and educated at Bolton School. He graduated from the University of Cambridge and was a Judge of the High Court of Justice (Family Division) from 2004-2014. From 2014 he was elevated to the Court of Appeal being appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. He awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for his contribution to the legal profession by the University in 2013. Also, in acknowledgment of his appointment as Senior President of Tribunals, he was made an Honorary Professor of Law in 2015.

As a High Court Judge assigned to the specialist Family Division, Sir Ernest heard cases from the family courts across England and Wales. Before becoming a judge, as a barrister, specialising in family and administrative law, he worked on many high-profile cases and inquiries.

His other judiciary roles have included the Presiding Judge Northern Circuit and as a senior Judge in England, tasked with the modernisation of family justice. Both of these terms came to an end in 2013. Prior to his legal career, Sir Ernest worked as merchant banker before being called to the Bar in 1981. From 18 September 2015 he was appointed the Senior President of Tribunals for a five-year term, where he heads up and is responsible for all tribunals judiciary.

Judge Peter Thornton QC

His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC

Judge Thornton was appointed as the first Chief Coroner of England and Wales in September 2012, a position created by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. He is a Senior Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey).

During his tenure as CC he has issued guidance to Coroners on topics as varied as the use of non-invasive post mortems and the listing of Inquests.

It is noteworthy that delays in hearing Inquests have been considerably reduced nationally as a result.

Dr Alan Walsh

Alan Walsh is now Area Coroner for Manchester West, one of the largest Coronial Areas in England and Wales. Alan is a Boltonian and he has been a man of the law throughout his career.

Baroness Newlove of Warrington

The Coronial Law Lecture Series 2020

The University is currently following government guidelines and has closed to students until Monday 20 April. Delegates will receive email updates on the Coronial Law Lecture Series after the Easter period and it is likely that we will move to provide new dates for the sessions once the current situation has resolved.

We appreciate that many of you may be working in front line services at the moment. We send you our very best wishes for the next few months.

Delegates will be updated and provided with new dates as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email: ku.ca1585664030.notl1585664030ob@wa1585664030Llain1585664030oroC1585664030