Clinical Negligence Webinar






1 per talk



This event is now APIL Accredited

We are delighted to confirm details of our Clinical Negligence Webinar.

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

The full programme can be seen below. To reserve your place, please email Jo Stapley.

For a downloadable PDF version of the programme, please click here.


Wednesday 17th November 2021

09:30 – 10:30 – Bill Braithwaite QC – Top Tips in Clinical Negligence Cases

10 top tips when dealing with Clinical Negligence claims, based on clinical negligence cases Bill has received over the last 12 months. The learning points – all cases will be anonymised.

11:00 – 12:00 – Paul Kirtley and Chris Allen – Interim Payments

Paul and Chris will provide a case law update and tactical evidential considerations.

12:30 – 13:30 – David Knifton QC and Chris Gutteridge – Anaesthetic Negligence

David and Chris will provide a case study on anaesthetic negligence.

14:00 – 15:00 – Dr Kevin Naylor – Claims Against GPs and the Primary Healthcare Team

Kevin will discuss some recurring themes that occur in claims against GPs and the Primary Healthcare Team.


Thursday 18th November 2021

09:30 – 10:30 – David Knifton QC and Dr Kevin Naylor – Claims Arising Out of Delay in Diagnosing Cancer

David and Kevin will provide a practical guide in claims arising out of delay in diagnosing cancer.

11:00 – 12:00 – Chris Gutteridge and Dr Jonathan Lieberman (General Practitioner) – How and Why GPs Miss Red Flags: CES and diabetic feet

Chris and Jonathan will discuss the fault lines in NHS general practice which lead GPs to make mistakes. They will consider in detail GP failures to patients with suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome and mismanagement of diabetic feet.

12:30 – 13:30 – Matthew Stockwell – Patient Fault and Contributory Negligence in Clinical Negligence

With criticism of patients becoming more commonplace, Matthew will consider – How breach, causation and contributory negligence are intertwined? – What is the difference between ‘joint’ and ‘ several’ liability? – What amounts to a ‘divisible’ or ‘indivisible’ injury? – When is the chain of causation established or broken? (What amounts to a supervening event?) – Patient fault and contributory negligence: general principles, cases and practical considerations.

14:00 – 15:00 – Gerard Martin QC – Getting the Best Out of Your Expert

How do we manage our expert when the draft report requires changing? In this talk, Gerard will talk about managing the expert and managing his report against the background of what the law and good practice require. It will also cover expert management generally, from first instruction to trial.


Friday 19th November 2021

09:00 – 10:00 – Sara Sutherland and Helen Rutherford – Fundamental Dishonesty

Sara and Helen explore factual circumstances amounting to possible findings of dishonesty and consider at what point an unreliable Claimant becomes a fundamentally dishonest Claimant. The talk will discuss recent cases and the parameters we now work within.

10:30 – 11:30 – Chris Barnes – Periodical Payments, Statutory Funding and the Reverse Indemnity

In this talk, Chris will provide in-depth knowledge on periodical payments, statutory funding and the reverse indemnity.

12:00 – 13:00 – Richard Wilcock and Christian Taylor – Current Costs Issues in Clinical Negligence Cases

Richard and Christian will look into Third Party Costs orders against experts and how the Supreme Court has limited Defendant’s costs recovery under QOCS [Ho v Adelekun].

13:30 – 14:30 – David Sandiford – Inquests into Deaths Arising from Sub-Standard Medical Treatment or Care

David will discuss the systemic failings in hospital services, state regulation, individual failings, mental health, deaths in care and getting the most for the family.