UCL Faculty of Laws


Terry McGuinness

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Key information

Terry joined the Judicial Institute in September 2017 as a PhD Candidate. Under the supervision of Professor Thomas he is researching the office of coroner and its role in the administration of justice. His research is supported by a UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship.

Prior to starting his PhD Terry was in private practice as a barrister for six years. He specialised in criminal defence, inquests and civil claims against the police. He is an associate member of Garden Court Chambers. Terry was a senior researcher at the House of Commons Library from 2015 to 2021. On 1 March 2021 Terry was appointed as legal advisor to the Master of the Rolls.

Research Supervisors

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Justice

Research Interests

Coroners And Inquests, Judicial Decision-making

UCL Associations/Academic & Professional Memberships

  • Associate member, Garden Court Chambers
  • Bar of England and Wales

Professional Experience

  • 2009 - 2015: Barrister in private practice, Bar of England and Wales
  • 2015 - February 2021: Senior researcher at House of Commons Library
  • March 2021 - present: Legal advisor to the Master of the Rolls


Edited Volumes


  • The Confiscation Manual