Clinical Negligence Webinar 2022






1 per talk



We are delighted to invite you to our Clinical Negligence Webinar.

The event will be held over three days. Monday and Wednesday will cover a wide range of topical talks from members of our Clinical Negligence team.

Tuesday will be a full day of sessions dedicated to stroke medicine, including discussion of breach of duty, causation, injury and rehabilitation by leading members of our team and well known medico-legal experts in the field.

The full programme can be seen below.

To reserve your place, please email Jo Stapley, specifying your sessions.



Monday 16th May 2022

09:30 – 10:30 – Bill Braithwaite QC and Sara Sutherland – Traumatic Birth Claims

Suggestions for good management of claims arising out of traumatic births, including selection of experts, management of records, timescales, A review of the Morecambe Bay Investigation and The Shrewsbury Scandal and what to do about it – see the link Appalling Shrewsbury maternity scandal is just one case of many

11:00 – 12:00 – Chris Gutteridge – Case Building

Practical tips on how to obtain, arrange and present the best evidence, including evidence from experts and other sources

12:30 – 13:30 – Louis Browne QC and Chris Barnes QC – ADR in Clinical Negligence Claims

Louis and Chris will discuss ADR and its benefits to claimants and defendants and whether neutral evaluation, binding or otherwise, has a role to play in resolving disputes

15:30 – 16:30 – Hedley Nield – Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims

Hedley will be considering diagnosis and breach of duty


Tuesday 17th May 2022 – Experts and Stroke Day

09:30 – 10:30 – Dr Kayvan Khadjooi – Consultant in Stroke Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation – chaired by David Knifton QC

Hypertension and atrial fibrillation are the 2 most important modifiable risk factors for stroke. In this talk, following an overview of hypertension and atrial fibrillation and the available measures to reduce the risk of stroke in these patients, common medicolegal issues surrounding prevention of stroke in individuals with these conditions will be discussed

10:45 – 11:45- Dr Jonathan Lieberman (General Practitioner): Stroke-related Breaches in General Practice – chaired by Chris Gutteridge

Signs and symptoms which are routinely missed by GPs, including a discussion of hypertension, atrial fibrillation, TIAs and amaurosis fugax

12:00 – 13:00 – Dr Ganesh Bavikatte – Consultant and Clinical lead Rehabilitation Medicine, Walton NHS Trust – Rehabilitation: Ideal Outcomes after Stroke – chaired by Chris Barnes QC

The aims, goals and challenges of stroke rehabilitation, the different avenues, how to get the best out of your rehab consultant and team and what lawyers should be aware of to help improve client outcomes

14:00 – 15:00 – Bill Braithwaite QC and Matthew Stockwell – Winning Stroke Cases – Top Tips

Top tips when dealing with Stroke claims based on cases Bill and Matthew have received in the last 12 months, with a thematic review of reported decisions, to provide key learning points

15:30 – 16:30 – Dr Ahamad Hassan – Consultant and stroke research lead, Leeds General Infirmary – Medicolegal Aspects of Thrombolysis/Thrombectomy in Stroke Cases and Outcomes – chaired by Matthew Stockwell


Wednesday 18th May 2022

09:30 – 10:30 – Gerard Martin QC – What is the Correct Approach to Judicial Fact Finding, and when is the “Claimant Benevolence” Principle Engaged

11:00 – 12:00 – Paul Kirtley, Alex Williams and James Kinsey – Interim Payments

A challenging tool, how to make them work in your favour: Judicial support or Judicial stricture?

12:30 – 13:30 – Matthew Stockwell  – Getting Ready for the ‘Big Day’ in High Value Clinical Negligence Claims

Are you ready for your JSM or approval hearing? Laura Gooding and Matthew Stockwell will provide a comprehensive guide to preparing effectively for JSMs and approval hearings in large claims, including practical tips on timing, evidence and strategy to maximise the prospects of a successful outcome and satisfied client

14:00 – 15:00 – Chris Allen – Schedules

How to draft a winning schedule