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Coroner's Court - understanding & attending 8 December 2022

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Date, Time & Location

Dec 08, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

via Zoom

About the Event


This one day training course aims to familiarise local authority and healthcare staff with the Coroner’s court process, with particular focus on report writing and giving evidence in the Coroner’s court.

Learning outcomes

  • Be familiar with the process in Coroner’s Court
  • Understand the role of the local authority and healthcare staff in the process
  • Be more confident about giving evidence in the process
  • Have a clearer understanding of how to write reports for Coroner’s Court and what is needed


The day will include the following key topics:

  • Coroner’s Court- overview. Role of the Coroner, powers of the court.
  • Types of cases dealt with by the court
  • Schedule 5 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Prevention of Future Deaths) PFD reports
  • Preparation of a statement for court
  • Relevant fact / irrelevant fact exercise
  • How to give evidence effectively, hints and tips.

The course will be delivered by Ian Brownhill

Ian specialises in public law, human rights and regulatory law.  Ian has a broad public law and human rights practice which focusses on mental capacity, education law, criminal justice, prison law and community care. Much of Ian’s regulatory practice complements his public law work and he is often instructed in cases which involve safeguarding, social care or healthcare. In recent times, Ian has increasingly advised on regulatory matters related to sport.

Ian’s international practice is varied but primarily focusses on matters relating to mental capacity, criminal justice or wider human rights issues. He has been instructed by, or worked on cases with, lawyers from: Canada, the United States, Germany, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, Ireland and the Isle of Mann. In addition, Ian is often instructed by charities, NGOs and companies with an international reach, especially in respect of safeguarding matters.

Ian is recommended as a leading junior for Court of Protection (Health and Welfare) by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission C Panel of Counsel. Ian acts pro bono for the families of missing people, he acts for the mother of Ben Needham and the mother of Damien Nettles.

Ian is a Trustee of the Sentencing Academy and HM Assistant Coroner for Kent.

A Local Authority v JB [2020] EWCA Civ 735 – leading case on capacity to make decisions as to sex (led by Parishil Patel QC)

R. (on the application of EG) v Parole Board[2020] EWHC 1457 (Admin) – judicial review claim in respect of the treatment of prisoners who lack capacity to conduct their parole process (led by Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC)

Re SF (injunctive relief) [2020] EWCOP 19 – the power of the Court of Protection to make injunctions.

Re EOA [2019] EWCOP 54 – interim decisions in respect of P who had been the alleged victim of indoctrination.

A Hospital v JJ [2019] EWCOP 41 – serious medical treatment case involving capacity related to diabetes and the validity of an advanced decision.

Public Guardian v TW [2016] EWCOP 18 – appointment of deputies where there is a history of family disputes.

Includes all course materials and a certificate. Course access details will be emailed direct to delegate(s) upon completion of your booking.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or call 07341 277487.


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