Training & Knowledge: Christopher Geering

30th May 2019Newsletters

R (Maughan) v Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2019] EWCA Civ 809:

Suicide, Unlawful Killing and the Standard of Proof During the inquest into the death of Mr Maughan, an inmate at HMP Bullingdon, the coroner ruled that there was insufficient evidence upon which the jury could reach a short form conclusion of suicide. However, he posed three questions for the jury to answer as part of […]

19th Feb 2019Articles

Do I Have to Disclose Historic Convictions?

In the matter of an application by Gallagher for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland); R (on the application of P, G and W) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another (Appellants) R (on the application of P) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and others (Respondents) [2019] UKSC 3 […]

19th Feb 2019Articles

Judging by Appearances

Introduction Mr Maitland-Hudson faced allegations of high level dishonesty. Following a long and drawn out hearing in which he repeatedly invited the Tribunal to discontinue proceedings on the basis of his poor health the allegations were found proved and he was struck off the roll. His appeal turned entirely on this question of health. The […]

7th Dec 2018Newsletters

Challenging the Coroner: R (Parkinson) v HM Senior Coroner for Kent, Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust & Sameer Hijazi [2018] EWHC 1501 (Admin)

In a recent judicial review, Mr Parkinson sought to challenge the coroner’s conclusion into the death of his mother. In rejecting his claim, the Divisional Court provided a considered analysis of the principles surrounding Article 2 inquests, as well as highlighting just how difficult it will be to challenge a coroner’s factual findings. Whilst the […]

30th Nov 2018Newsletters

Mental Health and “Exceptional Circumstances”

In SRA v James and others [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin), the Divisional Court considered three appeals brought by the SRA against the SDT’s decisions not to strike off dishonest solicitors. In each case the tribunal had concluded there were “exceptional circumstances” justifying such a course, based at least in part on mental health issues. On […]