EBC Seminar: The Coroner's Inquest - some current dilemmas

This is a Bar Council run or accredited event This is a Bar Council run or accredited event

Date: 2 December 2015

Time: 17:30 - 19:30

The Bar Council, 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ

 The Employed Barristers' Committee is holding a seminar on 2 December 2015, which will cover some current topics of interest in relation to coronial inquiries. Paul Matthews and Sonia Hayes will cover topics as listed below:

  • Whose body? What happens when relatives/friends quarrel about the funeral? And what is the role of the coroner in this?
  • DoLS and coroners' inquests
  • The use (and abuse) of experts at inquests

Event Details

Registration starts at 17:30 for a prompt 18:00 start. The seminar will last for 1 hour, after which there will be a 30 minute opportunity to ask questions.  The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception. The event will be accredited with 1.5 CPD hours. 

Speaker Biographies

Paul Matthews was originally called to the bar in 1981 but cross-qualified to be admitted a solicitor in 1987, practising largely in the fields of chancery and commercial litigation, but also judicial review. He became deputy coroner for the City of London in 1994, a solicitor-advocate in 2001, coroner for the City in 2002, a deputy chancery master in 2008, a recorder (civil) in 2010, assistant coroner for Inner London South in 2014, a judge of the Court of Trusts and Fiduciary Relations of the Republic of San Marino in 2014, and a chancery master in 2015. He is an author or editor of  Underhill & Hayton on Trusts and Trustees, Matthews and Malek on  Disclosure, Trust and Estate Disputes,  Trusts: Migration and Change of Proper Law,  The Jersey Law of Trusts,  Jersey Property Law, and  Jervis on Coroners, amongst other works.

Sonia Hayes completed undergraduate degrees in both science and law at the University of London. She was called to the bar in 2003 practising largely in the fields of healthcare, mental health, regulatory law, judicial review and inquests. She has In-house experience working in both the independent and public healthcare sectors.  In 2013 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences with a dissertation on the Future of the Invasive Autopsy. In 2014 she became Head of Legal Services for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and also took up the role of Assistant Coroner for the London South. Recently Sonia has joined the self-employed bar and continues in her role as Assistant Coroner.  


There will be a charge to attend:

  • £30 + VAT for those who have paid the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)
  • £37 + VAT for those who have not paid the Bar Representation Fee 


Registration is now open. If you would like to attend this event, please click here to book a place.

For any further information about the event, please contact Emma Pateman