Senior Coroner for Central Hampshire, North East Hampshire and Southampton & New23/06/2019 23:59


Senior Coroner for Central Hampshire, North East Hampshire and Southampton & New Forest

(Please note that subject to formal agreement, this post could also include the current Portsmouth and South East Hampshire coroner area )

Salary – £130,000 (subject to change pending the potential merger of jurisdictions)

Hampshire County Council is seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner to replace the current post-holder who be retiring in October 2019. This post is to cover the three jurisdictions of Central Hampshire, North East Hampshire and Southampton & New Forest and possibly a fourth jurisdiction.

The County Council is currently in discussions with Portsmouth City Council, which is the lead local authority for the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire coronial jurisdiction, in order to merge these four jurisdictions into one larger Hampshire jurisdiction. The successful candidate, therefore, has the potential to become the Senior Coroner for this larger jurisdiction, subject to agreement and to the statutory instrument being agreed by the Lord Chancellor. 

The Senior Coroner stands at the head of the local coroner service and statutory coroner area and takes the lead on coroner work. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct inquests which are difficult or complex, or will be likely to attract significant publicity.

The number of deaths referred annually across the three jurisdictions is c. 5000. Should the merger be agreed, the larger area would number c. 7500. We expect the Senior Coroner will be supported by two Area Coroners. There will be an assistant coroner acting up in a support role to the senior coroner  whilst discussions are ongoing in regards to the merger.

The salary includes payment for out of hours availability. 

The Senior Coroner will be based in the Coroner’s Office in Winchester, with courts sitting in both Winchester and Basingstoke, and potentially Portsmouth.

Hampshire County Council is 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 Coroner’s Service Manager to provide a modern and forward looking service, ensuring 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 in-depth 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 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 choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday. 

The candidate pack is available here:



Suitably qualified applicants are requested to register their application via the County Council recruitment portal:


Closing date: Midnight 23rd June 2019


Interview date: 8th July 2019



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