Annual Medico-Legal Conference (Scotland)

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14 June 2024

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9.30 – 17.00

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Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

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CPD accreditation: 6 hours

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Cost: £350 + vat (early bird booking until 30 April £325 + vat)

The Scottish Annual Medico-Legal conference is a highlight on the calendar for Scotland’s medico-legal professionals.

Whether your interest lies in a particular area of healthcare such as emergency medicine, obstetrics, cosmetics, dentistry or psychiatry the 2024 annual conference will cover topics relevant to all those interested in medico-legal practice. We’ll explore the latest case law developments, key legislation, critical issues involved in medico-legal work, top tips for report writing, conferences with Counsel, and the business aspects of running a medico-legal practice.

This is a great opportunity to build your medico-legal skills and learn from some of the country’s leading clinical negligence lawyers, share experiences and make new connections in the medico-legal sector. To stay informed of speaker announcements, early bird discounts and agenda release, register your interest below.


Annual Medico-Legal Conference (Scotland) 14 June 2024





Stories of medico-legal practice at the Bar
James Badenoch KC, 1 Crown Row Office, London



Panel discussion on the working relationship with your lawyer – with practical tips for exceeding expectations as an expert witness
Ann Logan, Clinical Negligence Solicitor and Partner, Balfour + Manson
Trish McFadden, Clinical Negligence Solicitor and Partner, Digby Brown
Darren Deery, Clinical Negligence Solicitor and Partner, Drummond Miller





Expert meetings
The lawyer’s perspective
What to expect
The discussion
The joint statement
Change of opinion
Ann Logan, Clinical Negligence Solicitor and Partner, Balfour + Manson
+ shared experiences from two experienced medical expert witnesses
(Mr Rod Chalmers, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, and Mark Duxbury, Consultant General Surgeon)


Addressing the legal issues: causation
Darren Deery, Clinical Negligence Solicitor and Partner, Drummond Miller




Confidence in the courtroom
Pre-trial preparation
The art of cross-examination
How to conduct yourself effectively
Charles Hennessy, retired solicitor and advocate and author of Civil Procedure and Practice


Workshop on consent – sharing good practice (bring along your questions and clinical scenarios)
Lauren Sutherland KC will chair this interactive session




Avoiding litigation
Dr James Thorpe, Deputy Medical Director, Medical Protection Society


Why it’s important that we learn lessons from incidents
Dr Dawn Benson, Programme Director, Clinical Human Factors Group


Panel discussion –lessons learnt from our medico-legal careers
Mr Rod Chalmers, Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Dr Adrian Rees, GP
More panellists TBC



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