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October 21st 2020, CONGRESS CENTRE, LONDON

latest 2020 speakers:



Mr Amar Alwitry

Consultant Ophthalmologist,

Mr Alwitry is a Consultant Ophthalmologist working in the Midlands.  He has a Masters in Medical Law and a keen interest in Clinical Negligence.  He has published three text books and is working with his publisher on a book entitled "Medicolegal Issues for Doctors".  He has spoken extensively on medicolegal issues facing doctors practicing in the modern NHS and the private sector.

Warren Collins

Partner and Solicitor-Advocate, Penningtons Manches Cooper

Warren Collins is a Partner at the London office of multinational law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper. He has specialised in catastrophic personal injury work on behalf of Claimants in the UK and globally for 30 years. He is widely published and has won numerous awards including Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year. He is a Fellow of APIL and accredited by APIL as a specialist in Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury cases. He is the current Chief Assessor for the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme. Warren is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice where he is also vice-chair of the International Practice Section and Co-Chair of the Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group. He is the only UK Solicitor member of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers (USA) and Melvin Belli Society (pre-eminent personal injury lawyers of America) and National Crime Victim Bar Association (USA) Warren is a regular speaker and trainer for both lawyers and medico-legal clinicians and experts.

Jonathan Dingle

Joint Head Of Chambers Barrister | Mediator Arbitrator, Normanton Chambers

Jonathan Dingle is a leading barrister, mediator and internationally experienced arbitrator complimented as "inspiring", "remarkable" and "incisive" in his work over 32 years in many fields. At the Bar, he specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, costs, armed forces, and abuse, and complex cases with a national or international dimension. The co-founder of the Civil Mediation Council, and the Society of Mediators, he is the author of text book chapters on mediation in Powers & Harris on Clinical Negligence and in Friston on Costs. Jonathan is the co-author of the best-selling handbook Practical Mediation.

Stephen Hooper

Associate, Hempsons

Stephen's work covers a range of disciplines, with a particular focus on defending healthcare professionals involved in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and inquests around the UK. With over 15 years' experience in the field, he is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for Professional Discipline.

Stephen defends clients facing a wide range of criminal allegations, ranging from sexual assault to fraud, gross negligence manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. Throughout his career, Stephen has also maintained a broad practice in defending clinical negligence claims arising from a wide range of issues, from cancer misdiagnosis to catastrophic spinal injuries.

Ruth Kelliher

Partner, Digby Brown

Ruth joined Digby Brown in 2007 and became a Partner within the clinical negligence team in 2017. She has particular expertise in pursuing cases involving bile duct injury as well as missed fractures and birth injury cases. Ruth is accredited as a specialist in clinical negligence by the Law Society of Scotland, a member of APIL and is also a notary public. Legal 500 describes Ruth as "always well prepared, having thought through the implications of every case very carefully" with Chambers 2019 recognising her as "up and coming" within Clinical Negligence.

Dr David M Levy

Consultant Anaesthetist

David Levy graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1986 and trained in anaesthesia in Aberdeen, Sheffield and Nottingham.  Appointed consultant anaesthetist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1995, David enjoys a broad clinical anaesthetic practice with subspeciality expertise in obstetric anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia, anaesthesia for trauma/orthopaedic surgery, and pre-operative assessment. David is an enthusiastic teacher of postgraduate trainees in anaesthesia & obstetrics, medical students and midwives. David is a Subject Matter Adviser with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), providing clinical anaesthesia expertise in support of the Maternity investigation programme. David graduated with distinction from Nottingham Trent University (LLM, Health Law) in 2016 and has a busy medico-legal practice advising claimant & defendant solicitors and coroners.

Jo Mason-Higgins

Head of Claims, Complaints and Patient Safety Investigations, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2001.  I started my career in clinical negligence with Bevan Brittan LLP.  During my time with Bevan Brittan, I undertook a secondment to Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, following which I was offered the permanent position of Claims Manager.

I have held the position of Claims Manager for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2002.  I and my colleagues have significantly developed the in-house legal service at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I hold delegated authority from NHSR.   Our Claims Department consists of 3  lawyers and 3 admin staff.

I have held the position of Head of Patient Safety Investigations, since October 2016. In this role, I have developed a team, consisting of three Patient Safety Investigators and a Family Liaison and Investigation Co-ordinator.

In January 2019, the Claims, Complaints and Patient Safety Investigation team amalgamated to for the Patient Investigation and Learning time. I head this team of investigators in producing high quality investigation reports that are routinely shared with patient's, carer's and/or their next of kin.


flora mCcabe

Head of Healthcare Claims, Solicitor, Lockton LLP

Flora is a twelve year qualified solicitor. She read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University and went on to study the Postgraduate Diploma in Law, followed by the Legal Practice Course. She trained and qualified as a lawyer at global firm Eversheds Sutherland and worked there for a further 2 years after qualifying. She then moved to Mills and Reeve where she developed a real passion for healthcare work - all on the defence side - ranging from defending individual consultants to large health corporates and Trusts. She joined Lockton two years ago in her role as Head of Healthcare Claims where she can now play an active part in our clients' risk management strategies by: reviewing their policies and procedures; offering training on topics such as consent, record keeping and learning from mistakes; nipping complaints in the bud; offering strategic advice and assistance to clients' in-house legal teams; reviewing and analysing claims - both in terms of liability and quantum; keeping the pressure on insurers and lawyers to do the right thing for our clients as fast as possible.

She does a lot of work with clients' governance teams, training them on their notification obligations, as well as triaging calls and notifications to ensure they are telling insurers when required. She also offers lots of hand holding and support to individuals who require representation at disciplinary or regulatory hearings and drafts GMC and GDC as well as Ombudsman responses.


Angus Piper

Barrister, 1 Chancery Lane

Angus specialises in Clinical Negligence and high value personal injury claims, principally instructed on behalf of Defendants. He has more than 20 years experience in the Clinical Negligence field, and nearly 30 years in personal injury. He acts for NHS Trusts nationwide and on behalf of the MDU, the DDU, and other insurance organisations. He is a Senior Junior who frequently acts against Silks and is used to dealing with claims worth £millions. As well as being a fearless advocate, Angus has a wealth of tactical acumen and is used to settling claims on the best possible terms for his clients at Mediations and RTSMs. He has been ranked for many years in the Legal 500 as a leading junior.

Dominic Regan

Legal speaker, writer and broadcaster, Solicitor, Dominic Regan Training Ltd

Dominic Regan is a visiting Professor at City Law School London . He delivers Litigation training updates to several of the leading Medical Defence bodies as well as to Lawyers throughout the UK. He recently advised the House of Commons Select Committee about the legal costs consequences of non- disclosure agreements and is honorary special advisor to the Association of Costs Lawyers. He has advised Sir Rupert Jackson upon aspects of litigation reform over the last decade. As a sideline he is wine critic for ' Counsel ' magazine.


Senior Associate, Kingsley Napley

Shannett has a mixed regulatory practice. She commenced her career in the NHS. Much of her practice involves acting on behalf of regulatory bodies in relation to fitness to practise concerns, but she also advises individuals in relation to their regulatory responsibilities. She assists care home in respect of matters involving the Care Quality Commission, and individuals in relation to niche regulatory issues involving their businesses. She has built up a wealth of knowledge in dealing with matters that touch on various aspects of the law including crime, which has led to her building up experience in private prosecutions. Shannett is also an experienced advocate, having appeared before varying Tribunals throughout her career.

2019 speakers:

Sir Rupert Jackson

Sir Rupert Jackson joined chambers in 1973 and practised here until 1998, specialising in professional negligence, insurance and construction work.  He became a QC in 1987.During his practice at the Bar, Sir Rupert appeared as counsel in both domestic and international arbitrations, principally in London and Hong Kong.  He also sat as arbitrator. Sir Rupert and John Powell QC jointly wrote Jackson & Powell on Professional Negligence, which first appeared in 1982.  That work is now in its eighth edition, entitled Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability, with contributions from many members of chambers. It is the leading textbook in the field. He was a judge from 1999 to 2018, but is now back in chambers as an arbitrator.



Ann Logan

Partner, Balfour+Manson LLP

Ann is an Accredited Specialist in Medical Negligence Law for the Law Society of Scotland and an Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist and Assessor for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Ann specialises in pursuing clinical negligence claims in the Court of Session in Scotland. She has extensive experience of dealing with birth trauma cases, including cerebral palsy and stillbirth claims and deals with a wide range of cases against hospitals, GPs, optical and dental professionals. Ann lectures to medical and legal professionals, particularly on consent, as Balfour+manson LLP brought the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board.


mr Amar Alwitry

Consultant in Ophthalmology, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Consultant Ophthalmologist with Masters in Medical Law.  Published more than 35 pieces in world literature and author of three text books.

Chris Danbury

Consultant Intensive Care Phsyician

I have almost 30 years experience in managing critically ill patients, with over 15 years of them as a consultant in intensive care.

After gaining an M.Phil in Medical Law, I was offered a personal appointment as Visiting Fellow in Health Law by the Senate of the University of Reading and have lectured on the LLB for over 12 years. I am an experienced expert witness and give oral evidence regularly, particularly in the Court of Protection. I am also an experienced mediator, specialising in healthcare mediation – clinical negligence and serious medical treatment.

David Stothard

Managing Director, MAPS Medical Reporting

David has 30 years of experience in this sector. He was a specialist personal injury and industrial disease solicitor, partner and director in the largest national claimant only law firm. He handled cases of utmost severity, fatal accidents and disease and represented injury victims in claims right across the spectrum of complexity and value. He was Chief Assessor to the Law Society's specialist Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme. Since 2015 he has run a medical reporting organisation which has delivered over 300,000 reports. His focus is on working with medico legal expert witnesses to deliver high quality reports at reasonable cost.

professor Dominic Regan

Medical Decisions Ltd

Dominic is an acknowledged authority on civil litigation and liability. He assisted Sir Rupert Jackson between 2010 and 2018 on costs  controls and has advised the Government on law reform .

Professor Gus A Baker

Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Hon Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

Over 25-years experience in Clinical Neuropsychology spent equally between Clinical Research and Clinical Practice at the University of Liverpool and The Walton Centre of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Fellow of the British Psychological Society and recipient of BPS Lifetime award, Lord Hastings Award and the Barbara Wilson Award for outstanding contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology. Author over 240 books chapters and papers on relevant subjects. Presented papers and workshops in 53 countries.  Over 20 years of providing expert neuropsychological reports for the Court Recognised expert witness with APIL [Association of Personal Injury Lawyers], Expert Witness Institute and BPS. Chair of the Professional Standards Unit for the BPS Division of Neuropsychology. Author of the BPS Guidelines for effort testing in Clinical Practice.

Jonathan Godfrey

Barrister LLB (Hons), Parklane Plowden Chambers

Jonathan specialises almost exclusively in clinical negligence work as his repeated recommendations in the Legal 500 attest. His expertise covers the whole breadth of clinical negligence work including orthopaedic injury, cancer misdiagnosis, cerebral palsy birth injury, surgical mishap and wrongful treatment and consent. Jonathan also undertakes cases concerning negligence and/or assault in football, rugby and other sporting activities. He has been specifically recommended by the Legal 500 as being an "expert in sports related injuries".

Jonathan has considerable and invaluable experience in conducting conferences with medical experts of all disciplines and often on a multi expert basis. Jonathan regularly undertakes JSM’s and in doing so has achieved very favourable and high value settlements.



kerry underwood

Senior Partner, Underwoods Solicitors

Kerry Underwood is Senior Partner of Underwoods Solicitors and is the acknowledged expert on funding, costs, legal systems, client care, marketing and advertising of legal practices. Kerry is author of many books including Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting, Section 57 and Set-off, No Win No Fees No Worries, Fixed Costs, Personal Injury Small Claims, Portals and Fixed Costs.

Kerry is Vice-Chairman of Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club and Underwoods Solicitors sponsor the football club as well as Hemel Storm Basketball Team and Hemel Stags Rugby League Club. He is a former councillor and Parliamentary Candidate. Kerry travels extensively and home is his beloved adopted town of Hemel Hempstead, but he also spends time in his firm's office in Wellington near Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. Interests include football, cricket, gardening and reading and he prefers the poetry of T.S. Eliot to the Civil Procedure Rules, and comments that T.S. Eliot's poetry is rather easier to understand! Kerry's Blog is Kerry's Twitter is @kerryunderwood


Linda Millband

Head of Clinical Negligence, Thompsons

I have been specialising in clinical negligence cases since 1990;. I have settled numerous cerebral palsy cases and from 2015 to 2017 I was the lead solicitor in the generic Paterson case against Spire , Paterson and Heart of England Foundation Trust. The case raised issues of non-delegable duty of care. The case settled for £37 million on behalf of almost 700 women. It has had far reaching consequences for actions against private hospitals and on the management of such institutions

Olive Lewin

Partner, Leigh Day

Olive Lewin is an experienced clinical negligence solicitor who has specialised in the field for some 25 years, having previously trained as a nurse. She has significant and extensive experience of settling complex and high-value claims. The two leading legal directories have ranked Olive as a recommended lawyer in the area of medical negligence for many years. Chambers and Partners 2016 said; 'Olive is something of a force of nature, she is bright, combative and absolutely adored by clients'. Legal 500 2017 said, Olive Lewin is singled out for her 'exceptional ability' and 'particular experience in the highest-value cerebral palsy claims'

Paul Sankey

Partner, Enable Law

Paul is a specialist clinical negligence solicitor based in Bristol and partner at Enable Law. He represents patients seriously harmed by negligent treatment from GPs, NHS trusts and private doctors. He has a specialist interest in claims involving brain injuries to adults, the delayed diagnosis of cancer and amputation. He has published widely in the legal press and lectures to lawyers and doctors on medico-legal issues particularly on consent to medical treatment and the duties of experts.  He has spoken regularly on local and national radio and TV. He also provides training to medical experts.


Peter Causton

Solicitor Barrister Mediator Deputy District Judge, ProMediate (UK) Limited

Peter is a solicitor advocate who is also a Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator and runs a CMC Registered Mediation Provider and Mediation Training Provider, ProMediate (UK) Limited. ProMediate offers Mediation in civil disputes and is accredited by the CMC to train mediators through its courses. Peter is a very experienced mediator appointed to the Court of Appeal Pilot Panel.  His ADR business, ProMediate, is certified by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute under the ADR Regulations to deal with Consumer disputes about goods and services. He is also a deputy District Judge on the Northern Circuit. He sits on the Law Society Council. Peter set up and is treasurer of the United Kingdom Association of Fee Paid Judges. He runs the Manchester Mediation Pilot. He has worked at various national law firms including Browne Jacobson, Hill Dickinson and BLM.

Shannett Thompson

Senior Associate, Kingsley Napley

Shannett has a mixed regulatory practice. She commenced her career in the NHS. Her practice involves acting on behalf of regulatory bodies in relation to fitness to practise concerns. She also advises individuals in relation to their regulatory responsibilities, representing individuals before Fitness to Practise committees and assisting individuals in respect of registration/licensing applications. Shannett also advises individuals in relation to niche regulatory issues involving their businesses. Shannett's client base is broad. She has built up a wealth of knowledge in dealing with matters that touch on various aspects of the law including crime. Shannett is also an experienced advocate.

Simon Jackson

Consultant Gynaecologist, Oxford Gynaecology

Consultant Gynaecologist working in Oxford. NHS and private surgical practice. Specialises in Urogynaecology (prolapse and incontinence) and laparoscopic gynaecology.

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