We are delighted to announce Alex Preston has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for North Manchester.
Alex will sit part-time at North Manchester Coroners Court alongside Senior Coroner Joanne Kearsley. She commences her training for the role in December 2018.
“I am really happy to be given the opportunity to be of public service. The Coroners Court is like no other and I can’t wait to get going.”
Alex specialises in the defence of serious crime and inquests, with a particular interest in dealing with vulnerable clients. She has been at Olliers since 2014 having previously been a partner in two criminal defence firms in the Manchester area.
Alex Preston – criminal defence and inquest solicitor
Alex is listed as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500. The editorial describes her as “clever, tough but sensible…...Preston is a defender through and through and provides a ‘private client’ quality of service even in publicly funded cases.”
What do coroners do?
Deaths are reported to the coroner if they are sudden or unexpected, if the doctor is unable to issue a death certificate or they occur in state custody. The coroner is then responsible for investigating the cause of death and considering whether to order a post mortem and / or hold an inquest. At an inquest the coroner will establish who, where, when and how someone died and sometimes also the additional question of in what circumstances.
Matthew Claughton, Olliers’ Managing Director:
“On behalf of everyone at Olliers I would like to offer my congratulations to Alex. This is a fantastic well-deserved achievement and we are all very proud of Alex.”