Short Courses

Coronial Law and Inquests – A Practical Guide

1 day course: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Bookings are now closed.

This course will provide a practical and informative guide to coronial law and inquests and is aimed at practitioners who will be advising or representing clients in this area of law.

The course will cover a range of topics including:

  • Understanding death certificates and the process of death investigation
  • Article 2 inquests: Local Authorities, deaths in custody and related matters
  • Deaths overseas and the role of the Coroner
  • Issues relating to when post mortems and inquests are required
  • The role and scope of inquests
  • The relationship between inquests and medical negligence claims
  • Effective preparation for inquests
  • Representing families and securing financial assistance
  • Challenging a Coroner’s conclusion: judicial review and other avenues of redress
  • Other aspects of coronial jurisdiction: treasure and related matters

Course materials

A copy of all course materials will be provided.


Professor A Robert W Forrest

Robert ForrestA Robert W Forrest BSc, MB, ChB, LLM, FRCP, FRCPath, FRSC, CChem, CSci, F-AAFS

Former Senior Coroner for South Lincolnshire and also Assistant Coroner in Sheffield and Hull.

Past president of the Forensic Science Society and the South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society.

He has been involved in a number of high profile investigations including Operation Antler (allegations of non-consensual experimentation on human subjects at Porton Down), Operation Parkin (nurses administering drugs to patients without proper authorisation with, in some cases fatal consequences), Operation Paget (the investigation of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales), Operation Bevel and Operation Roxburgh (Nurses administering insulin overdoses to patients.

Christopher Dorries OBE

Professor Christopher Dorries OBEChristopher Dorries OBE, HM Coroner for South Yorkshire (West)

Christopher Dorries has been HM Coroner for South Yorkshire (West), since 1991. He was awarded an OBE in December 2006 for his work on emergency planning.

In 2007 he was appointed specialist adviser to the Commons Parliamentary Select Committee scrutinising proposals for the Coroners Bill.

Author of Coroners' Courts: A Guide to Law and Practice, published by Oxford University Press.

Rosie Charlton, Solicitor

Rosie Charlton, Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell

Rosie Charlton is a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield. She has acted in a range of medical negligence cases with a particular interest in cases where suicide could have been avoided with appropriate care. She has wide experience of helping families through the inquest process at the Coroner’s Court.


1 day course: Tuesday 23rd May 2017


Start: 9.30am

Finish 4:00pm


£199 - standard fee

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Accommodation and Meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, plus all course materials and teaching fees. No accommodation is included.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact us with your requirements at the time of booking.


The course will be held at Halifax Hall in Sheffield city centre.

Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER, view map


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