Senior Coroner for Sefton, Knowsley and St. Helens26/02/2020 17:00

Coroner’s office in Bootle

Senior Coroner for Sefton, Knowsley and St. Helens

Salary £121,727 pa

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council is seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner to replace the current post-holder who retired in September 2018.

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

The number of reported deaths pa is 2200. 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 Senior Coroner may join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

The Senior Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office in Bootle. Office opening hours are 8.30am-6.30pm.

Sefton Metropolitan Borough 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 have experience of modernising procedures and driving change to ensure that local practices conform to national coroner practice. 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 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: job vacancies     649141 - senior coroner appointment pack 002.doc final


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit please contact David McCullough, Chief Legal and Democratic Officer with Sefton MBC  on 07973 297719.

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and their application to: [email protected]

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 26th February 2020

Interview date:  Tuesday 17th March 2020


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

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