PROGRAMME 2019

8.30amRegistration and exhibition
9.00amCo-chairs’ welcomeEmma Hallinan, Medical Protection Society

Peter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents
9.10amHeadline sponsor’s welcomeRebecca Fenton, Hayes Medicals
9.15amUpdate 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
Suzanne White, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
9.30amPanel 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

Suzanne White, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

10.10amDay 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
10.40amRefreshments and exhibition
11.20amUpdate 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
Howard Elgot, Parklane Plowden Chambers
11.35amPanel 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
12.05pmLunch and exhibition
1.15pm to 1.45pmCase law round-up
Overview of important clinical negligence case law of past 12 to 18 months
Claire Petts, Clyde & Co
1.45pmPanel debate 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, as well as insight into NHS Mediation Scheme
Quentin Smith

Claire Petts, Clyde & Co

Paul Balen, Trust Mediation
2.15pmUpdate on 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
2.40pmPanel 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

Matthew Stockwell, Exchange Chambers
3.10pmRefreshments and exhibition
3.40pmWhat 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
4.05pmUpdate 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
4.30pmUpdate 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, Exchange Chambers
4.55pmCo-chairs’ conclusionsEmma Hallinan, Medical Protection Society

Peter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents

*Programme subject to change