Assistant coroners

Luisa Nicholson

Luisa studied law in Birmingham before joining West Midlands Police Force.

She decided to become a solicitor and left the police service in order to complete her legal training in Exeter and qualified with a firm in Barnstaple in 2003.

She moved to south Devon after qualification and in 2012 set up her own practice specialising in private client matters (wills, probate, estate administration) and older clients’ issues.

Luisa was appointed HM Assistant Coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon in 2013. She has a particular interest in emergency planning and disaster victim identification.


Nick Brown

Nick is a practising barrister who specialises in inquests, human rights, clinical negligence, legal negligence, and personal injury work. Nick Brown

Since joining Doughty Street Chambers in London in 2003, much of Nick’s work has involved representing bereaved families at inquests arising out of deaths in custody and deaths involving police action as well as clinical negligence deaths and deaths following industrial accidents. From time to time, Nick also acts for other interested persons.

Between 2014 and 2016, Nick was part of the legal team representing 77 of the 96 Families at the new Hillsborough Inquests. Nick also represented the family of Fusilier Gordon Gentle at the inquest into his death in Iraq and the family of Ronald Maddison, the serviceman who died during a non-therapeutic human experiment involving the use of sarin nerve gas in 1953, at the Porton Down inquest in 2004.

Nick has been coming down to the west country since he was five years old and his parents now live in West Dorset close to the border with Devon. Nick is married and has two grown-up children.

He has been a junior rugby coach for many years.


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