• Swearing on Oath

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 posted in Expert Witness, Litigation, Nigel Poole QC, Opinion

    Swearing on Oath ~ by Nigel Poole, QC In the latest of a number of High Court judgments in which judges have strongly criticised an expert witness in the case, Mr Justice Martin Spencer has taken a Consultant Neurosurgeon to task in Arksey v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 1276 (QB). At paragraphs […]

  • Ten Point Checklist for Finalising Expert Reports for Exchange

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 posted in Expert Witness, Legal tests, Litigation, Simon Fox

    Ten Point Checklist for Finalising Expert Reports for Exchange ~ by Simon Fox QC The recent case of Arksey v Cambridge University Hospitals 2019 EWHC 1276 QB is a useful reminder of the pitfalls of finalising expert reports for disclosure. The Judge criticised the Claimant’s expert neurosurgeon, Mr Sandeman, in a number of respects, most […]

  • The latest on Bolam is Dead

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 posted in Inspire News, Legal tests, Simon Fox

    Bolam is dead. Long live Bolam! ~ by Simon Fox QC Dr Simon Fox QC is a medically qualified barrister based at Serjeants’ Inn, London. He is a specialist clinical negligence silk, assistant coroner and certified mediator. He can be contacted at sfoxqc@serjeantsinn.comand on twitter @clinnegsilk. In this article he reviews the Bolam test for […]

  • Opening Imaging CDs – Clinco

    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 posted in Clinco, Expert Witness, Litigation

    Opening Imaging CDs – Clinco ~ by Sarah Wallace Opening imaging discs is a constant bugbear for those involved in clinical negligence cases. At the recent Inspire MediLaw Summer Conference experts and clinical negligence solicitors alike expressed their frustration about this very issue. CDs are not a very suitable method of storing large complex graphic […]

  • Expert Witness – Lessons from Recent Cases

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 posted in Authors, Expert Witness, Opinion, Paul Sankey

    Expert Witness and the Courts: Lessons from Recent Cases ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law There are lessons for expert witnesses in a number of recent court decisions. 1. Failing to comply with directions In Mayr and Others v CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP [2018] EWHC 3669 (Comm) an expert was debarred from giving […]

  • Thinking back and looking forward!

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 posted in Events, Inspire News, Sarah Sellars

    Thinking back and looking forward! April was a landmark month for us at Inspire MediLaw – we celebrated our 2nd anniversary!  It’s a great time to consider all that’s been achieved in the year just gone.  We’ve become firmly established as a provider of outstanding training in this sector.  We’ve had over 600 medico-legal professionals […]

  • Medical Records Collation – Clinco

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 posted in Clinco, Litigation

    Medical Records Collation – Clinco ~ by Sarah Wallace Any specialist fee earner working in clinical negligence will want to be very careful about where the medical records are sent for collation.  Often the collator is the first person to review the records in detail.  It’s essential that the records are put in the correct […]

  • Shaw v Stead – A Case of Missed Cauda Equina Syndrome

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 posted in Litigation, Opinion, Paul Sankey

    Shaw v Stead – A Case of Missed Cauda Equina Syndrome ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law A GP was found to have negligently failed to spot ‘red flags’ of cauda equina syndrome in the recent case of Shaw v Stead[1] where judgment was given on 1st March 2019. It seems that the condition being […]

  • The Quality of Expert Evidence

    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 posted in Expert Witness, Nigel Poole QC, Opinion

    The Quality of Expert Evidence ~ by Nigel Poole QC The Bolam test for clinical negligence is that a healthcare professional is negligent only if they failed to act in accordance with a responsible body of relevant professional opinion. But it is never sufficient for a defendant to defend a claim simply by calling an […]

  • Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims?

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 posted in Litigation, Opinion, Paul Sankey

    Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Contrary to popular belief, the number of people who bring clinical negligence claims is relatively small. Whilst no figures are available for the number of medical mistakes each year they are thought to be very high. An estimate in 2000 put the […]