New Senior Coroner to take up role on 1 April 2018

04/12/2017, PR8709

Kevin McLoughlin has been appointed as the Senior Coroner for the West Yorkshire Eastern Coroner Area. The West Yorkshire Eastern Area covers the Local Authority boundaries of Wakefield and Leeds.

He will take up his position on 1 April 2018, when the present Senior Coroner, David Hinchliff will retire. Mr Hinchliff has led the service for 24 years and in that time has conducted many high profile inquests involving testing legal issues.

Mr McLoughlin is currently a barrister practising at chambers in London. At the start of his legal career he was a university law lecturer. Before transferring to the Bar, he was a solicitor and partner in two national firms where he held senior management positions. In addition to his legal qualifications, Mr McLoughlin is also a Chartered Safety Practitioner. He has been a part-time Assistant Coroner in the West Yorkshire Eastern Area since 2006 and has also sat as a coroner in London, Sheffield and Greater Manchester.

Mr McLoughlin’s role will be to investigate circumstances surrounding deaths where there is reason to believe the cause of death was violent, unnatural or unknown and to hold inquests into these deaths, as appropriate.

The Senior Coroner is supported by an Area Coroner and a number of Assistant Coroners who provide additional support when required.

Mr McLoughlin said: “I will strive to maintain the high standards that people have come to expect, and deserve, from this service.

“It will be a great honour to serve the people of Wakefield and Leeds as their coroner. I look forward to working with what is an experienced team of people to maintain a first class coroner’s service for this area."

The Coroner’s Service role falls under Wakefield Council’s office of the City Solicitor and this appointment was made jointly by Wakefield Council and Leeds City Council.

The appointment was subject to the consent of the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor.

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