Hunt & Coombs Director appointed HM Coroner

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors is pleased to announce that one of the Firms' Directors has been appointed as HM Coroner for Peterborough to replace Gordon Ryall who has held the position for more than 35 years.

David Heming, 54, will take up the post of HM Coroner for Peterborough in April 2012. David has held the position of Deputy Coroner for Peterborough since 1995 so has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the Peterborough jurisdiction.

He succeeds Gordon Ryall who will retire at the end of March 2012. Mr Ryall was appointed Deputy Coroner in June 1971 and Coroner in April 1975.

David said: "I am overwhelmed and honoured to have been appointed HM Coroner for Peterborough. It is a unique position and I am very fortunate that the retiring Coroner, Gordon Ryall, has been my mentor for many years. His experience over 40 years in the role has enabled me to gain a tremendous insight into the many skills required for the role of HM Coroner.

"Gordon will be an extremely hard act to follow given the service that he has provided to the local community over many years. I am extremely proud to be offered the opportunity to also serve the community."

David is Head of the Dispute Resolution Department at Hunt & Coombs Solicitors where he has worked since January 1990. Throughout his practicing career, David has specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation and recently has also been involved in general civil litigation matters.

Councillor Matthew Lee, Deputy Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "I welcome the appointment of David Heming who I am sure will continue to provide the same high level of service that the people of Peterborough have come to expect. The role of Coroner is such an important public service so I am very pleased that we've appointed a person with such a wealth of experience of dealing with the public.

"I would like to thank Gordon Ryall for the 40 years he has dedicated to the role of Coroner and Deputy Coroner and wish him well in his retirement."

David has lived in Peterborough since 1982. He is married and has three children, Jessica, 21, who is studying English at Queen Mary College in London, Mia, 19, who is studying medicine at University College London and Louis, 16, who is studying for his A-Levels. All of his children have attended Jack Hunt School in Peterborough, named after the Founder of Hunt & Coombs Solciitors, Dr Jack Hunt.

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