The Claims and Inquest Team have implemented a process for trust personnel to obtain legal advice in the areas detailed below.

The team will advise on and manage claims against the trust and will manage and support staff through the coronial process.

Trust personnel may access advice on the legal areas below by, in the first instance, contacting the identified trust leads. The leads for these areas will receive and manage the request for advice and if necessary seek support from either Hill Dickinson or Hempsons solicitors. Should you need to contact any of them please use the telephone number below or by email:


Claims and Judicial Reviews                 Commercial/Contracts               Estates and Facilities

Janine Betley           07827252529           Wilma Taylor       0151 471 2688          Michele McGee                                 07970986697

Barry Judge             07855433102           -Blundell                                        Gemma Draper                                 07747126378

Michelle Elliot           07788 300895           Karen Shaw    0151 330 7394               Tracey Battison                                     07767 004223          


Finance and Procurement                      Information Governance                     Intellectual Property                                             

Mike Jones              0151 471 2666         Geoff Springer  07776587600      Karen Shaw     0151 330 7394

                                                                  Jeanie Hedley 07876 818930

Inquests                                                   Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and DoLs


Barry Judge             07555433102           Nicola Peet           07768 325783

Janine Betley           07827252529           Chris Stanton        07881 002618

Ian Woods               01925 664164          Ann Cunliffe          07791 739754

                                                                  Divisional MHL Administrators    

Patient Safety                                          Safety and Security

Nicky Ore                    07766 422162        Joanne Fowlis       07443 265467

Claire Davies              07435 412560 

Sharon Mageean        07917 594702 

In addition a 24 hour, 365 day a year, on-call service is available from Hill Dickinson on 07715 376624. The on-call service should only be accessed either directly by or with the permission of silver on-call.

All claims made against the trust should be managed by the Claims Manager in the Patient Safety Team. Evidence will be gathered to assess whether liability should be denied or admitted. Legal advice will be provided on potential claims and requests for NHSR scheme cover, prior to and following the receipt of a letter of claim.

The Claims and Inquest Manager has responsibility for the management of all inquests involving the trust. Legal direction and support to witnesses and clinicians involved in the coronial process is provided by the Claims and Inquest Manager. All reports to the coroner will be screened by the Claims and Inquest Manager to ensure the quality and appropriateness of evidence presented to the court.

The Claims and Inquest Manager will ensure the trust is represented at pre-inquest hearings and the full hearing if necessary, providing support to any witnesses and liaising with relevant trust senior management following the inquest's conclusion.

Key functions:






Inquest Management





Claims Management


Administrative support

Barry Judge

Janine Betley

Ian Woods

Julie Molyneux

Janine Betley

Michelle Elliott-McEvoy

Emma Hall

07855 433102

07855 433102

07305 369024

07827 252529

07788 300895

0151 471 2201


I need legal advice, how do I access this?

Depending on the area of law you require advice on, in the first instance contact the identified trust lead above.

What is an inquest and what support will I receive if I am involved in the inquest process?

You can read the preparing for an inquest leaflet to find out further information.

I am to give evidence at the inquest remotely, what does this mean?

I have never written a statement for an inquest before, is there a template I can use?

I have been contacted to assist with providing information in relation to a claim made against the trust, how do I find out more information about a claim?

Please select the link to the Management and Investigation of Claims policy.