reflects: "I look back now and think it was hard work, continually rushing from court to court, but it was a fantastic foundation for what I am doing now, learning to think on your feet and thinkAnd she admits that the legal stage was a way of expressing a hidden theatrical streak: "I have always been in conflict between wanting to do something rational and reasoned and the performing
Although inquests fulfil a legal facility, the most
Coroner Alison Thompson From Richmond and Twickenham Times
yourself for this. They say why did we have that argument?' and you have to try and put them at ease about it."
"They can ask as many questions as they want to and you give them a hearing if they have things to say. You want to make sure you have conducted a thorough investigation but the other part is to
gives you a general awareness to appreciate each day more. You are aware that people get up in the morning, kiss their husbands and wives goodbye and then something awful happens," explains AlisonBefore taking up the coroner's mantle two years ago, Alison had a varied career. After studying biochemistry at university she worked as an air stewardess in the first 747s for BOAC, at the now
The coroner's role is to establish the cause of sudden or unexpected deaths and if it was not due to natural causes, they will hold an inquest to find out who has died, how, when and where.
"You have to judge each case on its merits. Sometimes people don't want to know everything; sometimes they want every tiny detail. You don't have to tell them any more than they ask, although
always been interested in science and medicine and it brought things together nicely. And it is in the environment where you are meeting and communicating Adidas Tech Super 2.0 M25156
defunct Daily Telegraph information bureau taking 80 calls a day about anything from the latest weather forecasts and cricket scores, then for a number of years as a nutritionist in variousAt 35, it was time for a yet another career change as she decided to study law. She was called to the Bar in 1986 at Middle Temple, working as a criminal and family barrister until 1994. Alison
obviously they are going to hear a certain amount."
happiest office they have seen. What we are dealing with attracts people who can rise above it and retain a sense of
important part of all is that families understand as much as possible and that everything is explained.
Attempting to establish some answers for grieving families is the key for Alison. She explains: "We try to make them feel part of it, no rush. Adidas Sl Loop Wish Atl
with lots of people."
Despite handling tragedy on a daily basis, Alison says: "People say it is the Adidas Originals Tech Super Chalk
humour. It is amazing, we also have moments of humour in court. Sometimes families hear things they did not know about their loved one, quite unexpected things can happen.
then became a magistrate, the equivalent of a judge, and a coroner.
arts. I actually wanted to go to drama school." Her dramatic side is now satisfied by street dance and jazz classes at Richmond Adult and Community College, which Alison says are a perfect way toAfter a time Alison, who now lives on the river in Twickenham, began to tire of London and went to Hong Kong to work as a barrister. "That was fantastic because the cases were so different." She
On returning to the UK she discovered that the area's coroner for 32 years, Dr John Burton, was due to retire. What was it about the role that Adidas Rose 3 And 3.5 Limited Release appealed? "The combination of science and law. I have
make sure that families are at ease as much as they can be in the circumstances.
"You see people's regrets come out in court. Sometimes when they are blaming other people they are working through that fact and say that they hadn't done enough you try and say you mustn't blame
ATTEMPTING to make sense of the senseless, unravelling reasons for unexpected death life has become all the more precious for the woman responsible for answering the eternal question why?' "It
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