Senior Coroner for Suffolk02/03/2018 23:59

Beacon House, Landmark Business Park, White House Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP1 5PB.

Senior Coroner for Suffolk


Salary £120,000 per annum


Suffolk County Council is seeking to appoint a Senior Coroner.  This is an existing post which has become vacant following the retirement of the current post holder.  The appointment will be made on a full-time basis, 37 hours per week.


The number of reported deaths per annum is approximately 2,600.


The salary includes payment for out of hours availability in line with statutory requirements.  This duty is expected to be shared with the Area Coroner.


The Senior Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office at Beacon House, Landmark Business Park, White House Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP1 5PB.


Suffolk County Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven judicial, leadership, organisational and efficiency skills.  Successful applicants are likely to have experience of managing and embracing change and working within tight financial constraints.  You will work closely with the Area Coroner and 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.


As Senior Coroner you will provide strong judicial and strategic leadership by leading a team consisting of an Area Coroner and 3 Assistant Coroners as well as conducting your own case load.


You will be required to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and application of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting a wide range of complex investigations and a thorough understanding of court procedure.  You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations


You will have experience of running or assisting in the running of a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.


You 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.  You will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as an Assistant Coroner or Senior coroner 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 about the post or arrange a visit to the Coroner’s court and offices, please contact Jane Parker, lead manager for Coroners Service – telephone 01473 264033 or email [email protected]


Application will be made by CV, via the Suffolk County Council jobs direct website.


Closing date: 2nd March  2018

Interview date: 9th April  2018



Notification: -

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