Area Coroner for Hampshire20/10/2019 23:59

Castle Hill Offices in Winchester

Area Coroners for Central Hampshire, North East Hampshire, Southampton and New Forest and Portsmouth and South East Hampshire

(Please note that, subject to consultation and a statutory instrument being agreed by the Lord Chancellor, the four areas will become one area in 2020.)

Salary - £98,077 per annum.

Hampshire County Council is seeking to appoint two Area Coroners to support the new Senior Coroner in providing a high quality coronial service to Hampshire residents across the county.  One role is a full time role, the second is potentially full time and will be at least 0.50% of a full time role.

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

The posts will be based at Castle Hill Offices in Winchester but both Area Coroners will be expected to work, alongside the Senior Coroner, across the county, including from the offices and Courts in Basingstoke and Portsmouth. Office opening hours are 9am until 5pm although out of hours work will be delivered within the scope of the role (and salary) as set out in the legislative provisions.

We are looking for two exceptional candidates with proven organisational, efficient case management and digital skills alongside experience of managing and embracing change. You will work closely with the Senior Coroner in the management and leadership of the service and the County Council to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies.

You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations, case management and conducting inquests. You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations.  You will need to be forward thinking, be passionate about providing a compassionate service to bereaved people and be able to work effectively with a range of partners.

The successful candidates will be required to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a coroner as defined in the Coroners and Justice act 2009 and associated rules and regulations and as further described in various guidance issued by the Chief Coroner.

The successful candidates will be either a barrister, 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 and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3).

If you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact [email protected] who will pass your details to Chris Wilkinson, Senior Coroner.

Suitably qualified applicants are required to complete an on line application form, uploading a full supporting statement of up to two A4 pages and a CV via the link attached. Please see further details in in the candidate information pack below.

Closing date; Midnight on 20 October 2019

Interview date; 8 November 2019

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