Personal Injury Webinar 2021






1 per talk



We are delighted to invite you to our Personal Injury Webinar on 15th – 18th June.

The event will be held over four days and will cover a wide range of topical talks from our Personal Injury team.

The full programme can be seen below.

To reserve your place, please email Jo Stapley.



Tuesday 15th June

09:30 – 10:30 – Gerard Martin QC – Can we do brain injury rehab better? A lawyer’s perspective

This talk expresses the reflections of Gerard Martin QC who for more than 20 years has been party to brain injury rehabilitation packages and he discusses if and how it could be done better. He also discusses some of the problems the present state of the law poses to that rehabilitation practice.

11:00 – 12:00 – Chris Gutteridge – Schedules of Loss

The schedule of loss can be the most important document produced by a claimant’s legal team. Chris is recognised in the legal directories for is expertise in settling multi-million pound schedules of loss and will share his top tips and strategies for successful preparation and drafting a claimant’s schedule.

12:30 – 13:30 – Sara Sutherland – Inquests

Sara will explore the coronial process and discuss how it can help with fatal claims.

14:00 – 15:00 – Christian Taylor – Death and Personal Injury Claims

Christian will discuss the Fatal Accidents Act, LRMPA 1934, CPR.

15:30 – 16:30 – Rebecca Clark – Court of Protection from a Personal Injury Perspective

Rebecca is an experienced Court of Protection practitioner with a background in personal injury litigation.  Rebecca will provide an update on recent cases concerning health and welfare and property and financial affairs in the Court of Protection that may particularly interest personal injury lawyers.


Wednesday 16th June 

09:30 – 10:30 – Will Waldron QC – Housing Claims after Swift

Swift v Carpenter did not change a legal principle.  Instead, it altered legal guidance on the assessment of housing claims in serious injury cases.  But how is that guidance being applied in day- to-day litigation?  Has anything changed for those with short life expectations?  What about children claims?  The Court left the door open for a different approach to be taken in some cases.  What approach might that be or, in reality, are Claimants stuck with a post-Roberts v Johnstone position that leaves them as disadvantaged as they were before?  Will Waldron QC looks at life after Swift and discusses some of the challenges it presents.

11:00 – 12:00 – Helen Rutherford – Credit Hire in Personal Injury Cases

Helen will discuss the history of credit hire claims from the foundations to the present day and will cover the basic principles, the typical issues and the areas of challenge. The current satellite battles such as abuse of process in former Portal cases and PAD applications in relation to impecuniosity documentation. The aim is to give you the tools you need to successfully bring and prove your credit hire claim.

12:30 – 13:30 – David McCormick – QOCS and Multiple Defendants “I should win against one of them”. But at what cost?

This talk will focus on the interplay between multi-Defendant actions and QOCS and the courts approach to the issue.

14:00 – 15:00 – Chris Barnes – The Sources of Compensation

Maximising recovery and the interplay of damages, state benefits, other receipts and the reverse indemnity.

15:30 – 16:30 – Chris Richards – Defence against the Dark Arts: protecting your client from allegations of fundamental dishonesty

Are you representing a Claimant in a personal injury claim? Has your client been accused of fundamental dishonesty? This talk will discuss the best ways to fight back and prove that your client is telling the truth.


Thursday 17th June 

09:30 – 10:30 – Bill Braithwaite QC – Catastrophic Brain Injury

A quick trip round a claim arising out of a catastrophic brain injury – case manager – home from hospital – rehabilitation – home or institution (Calvert Reconnections) – family stress and management – accommodation – rehab and life come before litigation – interim payments – mental capacity – managing the court – evidence and managing experts – plan for life – the financial claim – ADR.

11:00 – 12:00 – Paul Kirtley and Alex Williams – Interim Payments: Still a slippery issue?

These are the challenges and issues to be considered when seeking and applying for interim payments and why such applications can often prove difficult. The evidence you will need, the likely outcome of the application and some of the key considerations to take into account in this important interim process in the life of a claim.

12:30 – 13:30 – Chris Allen – Future Loss of Earnings – Revisited

Chris will explore the different methodology which may be used to determine a claim for future loss of earnings including the multiplicand/multiplier basis (with consideration of the new Ogden 8 tables); Smith v Manchester and Blaimire. The talk will discuss recent case law and offer useful tips for practitioners.

14:00 – 15:00 – Paul Kirtley and James Kinsey – Motor Vehicle Insurers: How do you pin them down?

Challenging circumstances when motor vehicles are involved in a collision; insured/uninsured? Unidentified Driver’s Agreement: the role of the Motor Insurers Bureau: know your way around the legislation.

15:30 – 16:30 – Lee Speakman – Liability Update

Lee will provide an update of significant cases dealing with liability from the past 12 months.


Friday 18th June 

09:30 – 10:00 – Chris Barnes – Preparing the perfect electronic bundle (with Adobe)

10:30 – 11:30 – David Knifton QC – Claims for Psychiatric Injury

How to avoid your nervous shock claim becoming a nightmare.

12:00 – 13:00 – Matthew Stockwell – Effective Case Management and Cost Budgeting in Brain Injury cases – an update and practical tips

Matthew will look at some of the more contentious aspects of case management in the context of brain injury claims, give practical advice on getting budgets correct and approved first time and look at the impact of recent CPR changes and PD1A (vulnerable parties and witnesses) in this context.