Vacancy - Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner area

Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner area


Salary £99,664 pa (+ 5.5% pension supplement)


Wakefield and Leeds Councils are seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner to replace the current post-holder who retires in March 2018.


The number of reported deaths pa was in excess of 4,000 in 2017. Accordingly we appoint our Senior Coroner with a salary on a full-time basis.


The salary will include payment for out of hours availability by agreement.  A 5.5% salary supplement is also payable should the appointee join the Local Government Pension Scheme.


The Senior Coroner will be based in the dedicated Court and Coroner’s Office in Wakefield which has advertised opening hours of 8.45 am – 4.30 pm ( Mon – Thurs) and 8.45 am – 4 pm (Friday).


Wakefield and Leeds Councils are looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven leadership, organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change.  You will work closely with the local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the local authority, the police and other stakeholders is essential.


You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations and an understanding of court procedure. You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations. 


It is desirable that the successful candidate has proven experience of running or sharing running a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.


The successful candidate will be a barrister or a solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5 year basis.  They will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as a Senior Coroner, Area Coroner or Assistant Coroner and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3).


Once a Coroner is appointed they are then a Judicial Office holder until they reach the age of 70 years (compulsory retirement age) unless they chose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday.

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If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Lesley Clayton, Coroner’s Services Manager on 01924 302147


Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and full supporting statement identifying how they meet the essential criteria to:


Closing date: Sunday 3 September 2017 at midnight

Interview date:  Monday 9 October 2017



The vacancy for this post has been notified to the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor (as required by statute).