Ranald Davidson

Call 1996


Noted by The Legal 500 for his “clever, thoughtful and level headed” approach, Ranald practises in all aspects of medical law and has particular expertise and interest in inquests. As a former doctor he gained experience of forensic pathology whilst working in State Medical Examiner’s Office in Kentucky. Ranald has represented interested persons at a number of high profile jury and coroner-only inquests particularly following deaths in prison, psychiatric units and hospitals.

Inquests & Inquiries

The “superb” Ranald Davidson is said to be “very calm in the heat of battle” and “understands the issues in a case extremely well.”
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Ranald is a Consultant Editor (formerly a Contributing Editor) of the Medical Law Reports.

experience & expertise

Ranald has been involved in many high profile jury and non-jury inquests as well as pre-inquest reviews. Many of these hearings have been conducted in accordance with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and have involved deaths in prison custody, in high security mental health hospitals and care homes.

On several occasions the outcome of the inquest hearing has resulted in the Coroner issuing a prevention of future deaths report pursuant to regulations 28 and 29 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013 (formerly Rule 43 of the Coroners Rules 1984).

Ranald regularly appears on behalf of families as well as individual clinicians and NHS Trusts. His advisory work covers all aspects of the preparation for inquest hearings and the judicial review of coroners’ rulings and verdicts.

Ranald has been instructed in a number of notable inquests, including:

  • Re. Fidler – Nottingham Coroner’s Court October 2016 – death of young mother from gastric perforation after hospital admission
  • Re. Munns – Winchester Coroner’s Court October 2016 – death of elderly lady who jumped off bridge onto motorway after shortcomings in psychiatric management
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  • Re. Parker inquest into death of prisoner held at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court in Feb 2016. Represented prison doctor.
  • Re. J. Bulloch – Preston Coroner’s Court June 2014 – 5 day inquest into death of psychiatric patient
  • Re. Johnson (Lincoln Coroner’s Court February 2012)Inquest into death of care home resident following aspiration of PEG feed
  • Re. Lane (Southampton Coroner’s Court February 2012)Inquest into death of hospital inpatient from coning following failure to diagnose raised intra-cranial pressure on CT scan;
  • Re. Hawkes (Southwark Coroner’s Court November 2011) Inquest into death of dental patient from septic complications of treatment
  • Re. Talby (Peterborough Coroner’s Court August 2011)