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Coroner's court fees

The Medeconomics Database of GP Fees is gathered from official sources, plus our own research among UK GP practices.

The Coroners Allowances, Fees and Expenses Regulations 2013 sets out the fees payable for attending a coroner’s court inquest to give evidence about a deceased patient as a professional witness in England and Wales.

It also sets out rates for locum allowances rates, but you must choose whether to be paid a fee or a locum allowance - you cannot claim both.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or the Ministry of Justice pays attendance fees – clarify which will pay you. The coroner pays fees to GPs for providing a report to the court. Expert witness fees are negotiable.

Professional witness fees

Service
Fee
Average fee charged

Attendance at inquest with no locum cover as a professional witness

- Up to 2 hours

- 2 to 4 hours

- 4 to 6 hours

- 6 plus hours

 

£83.50 ST, V

£117 ST, V

£174 ST, V

£234 ST, V

 
OR

For attendance as a professional witness with locum allowance

- Up to 2 hours

- 2 to 4 hours

- 4 plus hours

 

£89 ST, V

£125 ST, V

£250 ST, V

 

Coroner’s report/extract from records

Negotiable V

UK £50*

Overnight allowance

- Within a 5 mile radius of Charing Cross

- Elsewhere in England and Wales

 

£100.70 ST

£69.20 ST

 

Travel expenses

- Car or motorbike transport rate (per mile)

- Car or motorbike standard rate (per mile)

- Bicycle rate (per mile)

Note: the coronor will usually reimburse any public transport costs and 'reasonable' taxi fares

 

25p

45p

20p

 

KEY
V - VAT should be added if VAT-registered
V/E – VAT exemption could apply depending on circumstances
S - Suggested by the BMA
ST - Statutory fee set by government
N - Nationally agreed by BMA and relevant body

*Average UK-wide fee from responses by GPs, practice managers/other staff taking part in the Medeconomics Private and Professional Fees survey, autumn 2013. (Average excludes ‘no charge made’ responses)

Summer 2012 figures: Average UK-wide fee £49 from responses by GPs, practice managers/other staff taking part in the Medeconomics Private and Professional Fees survey, summer 2012. (Average excludes ‘no charge made’ responses)

Expert witness fees

Fees for GP expert witnesses in England and Wales are negotiable. Agree payment rates in advance. Your rate should cover the cost of attending the inquest and any preparatory work. The GMC publishes guidance for doctors acting as expert witnesses.

Service
Fee

Expert witness (giving evidence, trial preparation, writing reports, travel expenses, etc)

Negotiable  V

KEY
V - VAT should be added if VAT-registered
V/E – VAT exemption could apply depending on circumstances
S - Suggested by the BMA
ST - Statutory fee set by government
N - Nationally agreed by BMA and relevant body

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