Inquest at the Coroners Court


Richard Baker 7 Bedford Row

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This course leads delegates through the process of an inquest. The course will also include an update in developments in case law in this fast moving area to ensure up to date knowledge. Handling witnesses, evidential management, tactics and style are explored to give delegates confidence in offering the best specialist service to clients. There will be an opportunity for a Q & A at the end of the session.


This course will cover the following:

  • The Post Mortem
  • Advocacy tips
  • Article 2 ECHR and how to influence the scope of the inquest and Jury Inquests
  • The Coroner’s rules
    • Interested person status
    • The pre-inquest review – what is it and how to use it to your best advantage
    • Disclosure to and by the coroner
    • Medical Records and expert evidence
    • Rules of evidence including hearsay at inquests
  • Public bodies/authorities and Memoranda of Understanding
  • At the Inquest
    • Handling witnesses
    • Evidential management
    • Should your Client give evidence
    • The conclusion and end submissions
    • Reports to Prevent Future Deaths
  • How to challenge rulings & conclusions and when to.
  • The fallout – dealing with the media
  • Post Inquest
  • The Law and Claims under the law
  • Quantifying a claim
  • Legal updates on recent case law in particular secondary victims and claiming for dependency and loss of love and affection.
  • Costs
  • Proportionality and inquest costs following Jackson and the cases of Roach and Lynch.


Richard Baker, 7BR

Richard undertakes all types of clinical negligence, personal injury and public law (inquest) work, He has built up a special practice acting for claimants who have been caused to suffer catastrophic brain injuries as a consequence of clinical negligence but has also represented claimants in a broad range of claims involving health professionals, including cosmetic surgeons. In 2011 he was appointed an Assistant Deputy Coroner for South Yorkshire (Eastern District); he also regularly appears at inquests on behalf of interested parties, including inquests held in accordance with Article 2 of the European Convention and inquests held before juries. He has a particular interest in Fatal Accident claims and often represents parties through the inquest process and onto the conclusion of a subsequent civil claim. In addition to his busy Clinical Negligence practice Richard undertakes a wide variety of personal injury work, including work place and road traffic accidents, accidents on the highway and in public places and claims arising from detective products. He acts on behalf of claimants and defendants and has experience of high value claims arising from catastrophic and non-catastrophic brain injuries. He regularly advises in cases where claimants have sustained spinal injuries or are exhibiting psychogenic symptoms


Tea/coffee and other refreshments will be provided.




Inquest at the Coroners Court

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