CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY CORONIAL LAW

Professor Jennifer Leeming at the Launch of the CCCL

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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.

Welcome from our patron:
Rt Hon Professor Sir Ernest Ryder (Chancellor Emeritus of the university and a Lord Justice of Appeal)

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.

Professor M. Jennifer Leeming LLB (Hons)
Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner Manchester West

As the Honorary Director of the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law it is my pleasure to be part of a team of committed and immensely knowledgable individuals within our new centre.

We embrace the university’s ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ (TIRI) agenda by committing the Law School to provide legal education and research in the important area of coronial law which has nationwide reach to all professions who interface with the coroners’ service.

This centre delivers a pioneering unique series of professional development lectures delivered in partnership with the School of Law.

The Centre's Board

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.

Professor Jennifer Leeming

HM Senior Coroner Manchester West

Member of the Audit Committee and the Nominations Committee
Jennifer Leeming is a Solicitor who specialised in Criminal Law first as a Litigation Partner in private practice and subsequently with the Crown Prosecution Service.

In 2000 she was appointed as Assistant Deputy Coroner in the Manchester South Jurisdiction where she served until her appointment as a full time Coroner for the Coroners Area of Manchester West in September 2001. The jurisdiction comprises Bolton, Salford, Wigan and Leigh, although Jennifer is based in Bolton, where her Courts and Office are situated.

She has previously served as a Non Executive Director of the East Cheshire NHS Trust, and in governance roles as a member of the Council of the Law Society of England and Wales, and as a member of the Governing Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

She is currently Salaries Secretary of the Coroners Society of England and Wales, and she also Chairs the Society’s Local Government Committee. She is a Member of the Ministry of Justice Coroners Advisory Group and of the Ministry of Justice and Department of Health Post Mortem Radiology Imaging Group.

Jennifer’s interests include travel, art and theatre. She is married to Mike, and has one son, David.

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.

Bridget Dolan QC

BSc, PhD has specialist expertise in cases at the interface of law and mental health . In addition to her mental health law practice (including sitting as a Mental Health tribunal judge) a large proportion of her professional life is spent in the Court of Protection and the High Court’s Family Division in complex cases involving significant issues of the capacity and best interests of incapable adults and children. She is often instructed by the Official Solicitor.

Further, she is a specialist in Coronial Law having acted for countless families, NHS Trusts and other statutory bodies in long running and high media profile Article 2 inquests.

She acts as Counsel to the Inquest (such as in the seven ‘In Amenas Inquests’ into the Al-Quaeda terrorist killings in Algeria and the new inquest into the death of Pvt James at Deepcut barracks) and also acts in challenges to Coroners’ decisions in the High Court. She sits as an Assistant Deputy Coroner and is one of the editors of the Inquest Law Reports.

John Pollard LLB (Hons)

Professor John Pollard read Law at the University of Leeds after which he qualified as a Solicitor in 1977. He worked as a prosecutor for the Greater Manchester Trading Standards Department and thereafter, became a partner in a law firm specialising in crime. In 1982 he was appointed Assistant Deputy Coroner for Cheshire.

In 1995 he became HM Senior Coroner for South Manchester from where he retired in 2016. Though, he continues to be Assistant Coroner in Manchester North, Manchester West and Cheshire. He was president of the Coroners Society in 2012.

Christopher Dorries OBE

Professor Christopher Dorries OBE qualified as a solicitor in May 1977. He worked for Prosecuting Authorities in Yorkshire dealing with all types of criminal case, after which he transferred to private practice in 1984, undertaking a wide range of legal work but primarily serious cases in the criminal courts.

Appointed HM Coroner for South Yorkshire (West) in November 1991. In 1994 he was appointed to the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the appointment of Magistrates for the Sheffield area. In 2007 he was appointed specialist adviser to the Commons Parliamentary Select Committee scrutinising proposals for the then new Coroners Bill. He is author of the key text-book on Coroner’s Courts: a guide to law and practice which was first published in April 1999.

Dr Sue Duncan LLD

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

Andre Rebello

Joanne Kearsley

The Coronial Law Lecture Series 2019

All classes take place 18:00 – 21:00.

Bolton Course Sessions

23 January 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 1 – Coroners

Professor Jennifer Leeming
HM Senior Coroner

20 February 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 2 – Investigations

Professor Christopher Dorries OBE
HM Senior Coroner

27 March 2019

18:00 PM

Seminar/Case Studies

Professor Christopher Dorries
Professor Jennifer Leeming
Professor John Pollard – formerly HM Senior Coroner

10 April 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 3 – Inquests

Professor Jennifer Leeming

8 May 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 4 – Article 2

Joanne Kearsley
HM Senior Coroner

5 June 2019

18:00 PM
19:30 PM

Mock Inquest and Celebration

Mock Inquest
Celebration and presentation to which students may bring a guest

Sheffield Course Sessions

4 April 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 1 – Coroners

Professor Jennifer Leeming
HM Senior Coroner

2 May 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 2 – Investigations:

Professor Christopher Dorries OBE
HM Senior Coroner

30 May 2019

18:00 PM

Seminar/Case studies

Professor Christopher Dorrie
Professor Jennifer Leeming
Professor John Pollard (formerly HM Senior Coroner)

6 June 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 3 – Inquests

Professor Jennifer Leeming

27 June 2019

18:00 PM

Lecture 4 – Article 2

Joanne Kearsley
HM Senior Coroner

18 July 2019

18:00 PM
19:30 PM

Mock Inquest and Celebration

Mock inquest
Celebration and presentation to which students may bring a guest.

Contact

For more information please contact Beverley Caddick

Email: CoronialLaw@bolton.ac.uk  

Tel: 01204903976

Fees

The course is charged at £50 per session or £250 for the complete course.

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