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Annual Expert Witness Conference & Networking (Scotland)

  • 17 May 2019
  • The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
  • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • CPD (RSM accredited): 6 hours
  • £395.00 + VAT

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09.00 Registration
09.15 Chair’s Introduction
Lauren Sutherland QC, Ampersand Chambers, Edinburgh
09.20 Update on case law/new test cases
James McConnell, Advocate, Ampersand Chambers
(Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Specialist)
10.00 The implications of GDPR for healthcare professionals in medico-legal and private practice.
Douglas McLachlan,
Partner, Anderson Strathern Solicitors
10.30 Refreshments
10.50 Panel discussion
The relationship with your lawyer & working together: timings, responsiveness, consistency, handling the client, common issues with expert reports, attending joint meetings.
Trish McFadden, Digby Brown LLP; David Stephenson QC; Julie Clark-Spence, Balfour+Manson
~ full panel TBC ~
11.50 Giving Evidence in Court
Before Court, in Court, points to consider in giving your evidence, points to consider when it goes wrong.
Charles Henessey, Solicitor Advocate
Academic Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, Strathclyde University
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Mastering Consent in clinical practice & a guide to reporting on Consent issues in giving Expert evidence.
Lauren Sutherland QC,
Ampersand Chambers with guest, Nadine Montgomery-Brown
14.50 A Sheriff’s View
What a Sheriff is looking for in a report; examples of good and bad practice
Sheriff Kenneth McGowan
15.50 Refreshments
16.10 Experiences of running a medico-legal practice and working with lawyers
~ Speaker TBC ~
16.50 Raising the standards in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury reporting – an essential guide.
Examples of reports that have failed to supply compelling evidence and how experts can continue to raise the standard.
Trish McFadden, Digby Brown LLP; David Stephenson QC
17.30 Close
17.35 Join us for drinks & networking

Event Details

This conference will be a great opportunity for medical professionals to network, meet our legal speakers, share experiences of being an expert witness, get the latest updates on case law and new test cases and take part in a panel discussion on working together with your lawyer.

We often hear from medical professionals that they get little feedback from the lawyers who instruct them. This is a good opportunity to hear from, and feed back to, some of the leading lawyers in our clinical negligence sector.

  • Friday 17 May 2019, 9.00am-5.30pm
  • 6 CPD hours (RSM accredited)
  • The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
  • £395.00 +VAT 
The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ United Kingdom
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