PROGRAMME 2019

8.30am to 9.00amRegistration and refreshments
9.00am to 9.15amCo-chairs’ welcomeEmma Hallinan, Medical Protection Society

Peter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents
9.15am to 9.30amHeadline sponsor’s welcomeTBA, Hayes Medicals
9.30am to 9.55amUpdate on work of Fixed Costs Working Group
Update on one or more recommendations for new fixed recoverable costs regime for low-value clinical negligence claims
TBA
9.55am to 10.30amPanel debate on fixed recoverable costs regime for low-value clinical negligence claims
Panellists will debate fixed recoverable costs regime for low-value clinical negligence claims and what the best implementation would look like, to reduce costs for the NHS while ensuring claimants are protected
Iain Stark, Association of Cost Lawyers

William Poole, St John’s Buildings

Stephen Webber, Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers

TBA

10.30am to 10.55amUpdate on mediation and its practice within clinical negligence
Mediation has been lauded as one solution to the high cost of clinical negligence claims. A focus on its benefits and case studies on its effectiveness, as well as insight into NHS Mediation Scheme
Quentin Smith
10.55am to 11.20amDay in the life of a doctor
Highlights of all of the different ways in which a medical professional has to be conscious about negligence, and perhaps share some of the best practices currently being followed
Mike McNicholas
11.20am to 11.50amRefreshments and exhibition
11.50am to 12.15pmUpdate on changes to personal injury discount rate
The personal injury discount rate and the changes brought about by the Civil Liability Bill. What the switch to ‘low risk’ investments​ would look like in monetary terms, for both recipients of settlements and the NHS
TBA
12.15pm to 12.50pmPanel debate on changes to the personal injury discount rate
The panel will debate the Civil Liability Bill’s changes to the personal injury discount rate, particularly improvements that will come to the way settlements are calculated, and what that could mean for claimants and the NHS
Mike McKenna, Forum of Insurance Lawyers

Stephen Webber, Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers

Howard Elgot, Parklane Plowden Chambers
12.50pm to 1.50pmLunch and exhibition
1.50pm to 2.15pmCase law round-up
Overview of important clinical negligence case law of past 12 to 18 months
Claire Petts, Clyde & Co
2.15pm to 2.40pmUpdate on work of work in injuries at birth
Update on the work done and changes made in injuries at birth, particularly early intervention teams and rapid redress and resolution scheme
Denise Chaffer, NHS Resolution
2.40pm to 3.15 pmPanel debate on NHS Resolution’s work in injuries at birth
Debate on NHS Resolution’s work in injuries at birth, with a particular focus on the lessons learnt and how they can be applied to other areas of NHS/treatment
Jerard Knott, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Denise Chaffer, NHS Resolution

More TBA
3.15pm to 3.45pmRefreshments and exhibition
3.45pm to 4.10pmWhat is the price of justice?
The government is struggling to fund public services and with the costs of clinical negligence to the state being so high, there is a growing view that society simply cannot afford the current system. Peter Walsh from AvMA will explore the costs of compromising on access to justice in an attempt to save money and whether there are better ways
Peter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents
4.10pm to 4.35pmUpdate on expert witnesses within medicolegal
The importance of expert witnesses to litigation. The presentation will consider common issues with testimony and how solicitors can better utilise them
Heather Beckett, Goldsmith Chambers
4.35pm to 5.00pmUpdate on alternative solutions to clinical negligence cases
An insight into collaborative working in larger clinical negligence cases and the potential benefits that it can bring
Matthew Stockwell, Outer Temple Chambers
5.00pm to 5.10pmCo-chairs’ conclusionsEmma Hallinan, Medical Protection Society

Peter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents

*Programme subject to change