Nigel MEADOWS qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and was a partner in a firm in Plymouth specialising in serious crime , mental health work as well as medical negligence work. He was appointed the Coroner for Plymouth & SW Devon in 1998 and later for the Isles of Scilly. He was appointed by the Lord Chancellor in 2001 to sit as a part time President ofthe Mental Health Review Tribunal and continues to do so as well as appraising members. In 2006 he was appointed Coroner for Manchester which is a very busy full time job. He has investigated to date over 25,000 deaths and conducted some 4000 inquests including complex and controversial jury and non jury cases and a lengthy police shooting death.He is the Coroners Society representative on the Forensic End Users group set up by the new Forensic Regulator and also is a member of the steering group for the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicides and Homicides by people with mental illness.
Title of presentation in Session 1: The Donald Rumsfeld Syndrome

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