South West Wales

Carmarthenshire coroner John Owen resigns post

John Owen, Carmarthenshire coroner
Image caption Mr Owen's clients are being contacted

The coroner for Carmarthenshire, John Owen, has resigned, it has been confirmed.

Earlier, it emerged that his practising certificate had been suspended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The SRA's inquiries into Mr Owen's office in Llandeilo are ongoing, and his firm's clients are being contacted.

Carmarthenshire Council said Mr Owen had resigned as coroner and his duties are being performed by his deputy Pauline Mainwaring.

'Immediate effect'

The council said it would proceed to fill the position formally, but Ms Mainwaring would perform the duties in the interim.

Inquests scheduled for 23 September have been postponed.

Earlier, an SRA spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have intervened in the practice of John Owen Solicitors, Llandeilo.

"The practising certificate of Mr Owen has been suspended with immediate effect. SRA inquiries are still on-going.

"Mr Paul Caldicott of Morgan Cole LLP, Llys Tawe, Kings Road, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 has been appointed as agent acting on behalf of the SRA and he will write to all clients of John Owen Solicitors about on-going business."

Dyfed Powys Police said it was "aware of the investigation being conducted by the SRA but are not in a position to make any further comment".

A spokesperson for the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) said earlier: "The OJC is aware of the situation and Coroner Owen has refrained from sitting."

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