A coroner is an independent judicial office holder acting on behalf of the Crown to investigate the cause and circumstances of violent or unnatural deaths, or sudden deaths of unknown cause.

Coroners are appointed by and paid via the local authority for their district, but they are not local authority employees and are independent of both local and central government.

In these inquests, the Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC, shall preside over the hearings and has assumed responsibility for the coronial investigations and inquests from Dr Wilcox the Senior Coroner for Inner West London.