Skills and abilities: A logical, methodical approach, with accurate record-keeping. Clear communication skills across different levels of society, combined with tact and sensitivity.

What you’ll be doing: All appointments are made by local authorities, and you must be a qualified solicitor, barrister, or Chartered Fellow. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Deciding cause of death by breaking down all available information and events
  • Consulting other professionals, such as the deceased’s doctor, and dealing tactfully with distressed relatives
  • Notifying Registrar of death and any inquest results
  • Ordering post-mortem examinations, and explaining difficult legal or medical terms
  • Maintaining accurate records, writing reports, making recommendations to prevent future deaths

Career progression: Positions usually start with Deputy or Assistant Deputy Coroner. With experience, you can apply for Senior Coroner, or Chief Coroner. All Coroners must retire by the age of 70.

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