How to start, build and run
a successful medico-legal practice

How to start, build and run
a successful medico-legal practice

16 September 2022


Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

CPD accreditation: 5 hours

(from the Royal College of Surgeons of England)

Cost: £350 (+ VAT)

Learn how to run a successful medico-legal practice

Thinking of setting up your own medico-legal practice? Or perhaps you already have a practice and you'd like to expand your list of clients?

On this one-day course, you'll gain practical advice on how to run a medico-legal practice, which covers finding clients, setting your fees, financial management, marketing and much more. You'll learn lots of insider tips and the pitfalls to avoid...from experienced medico-legal practitioners.

The training is run by Isabel Bathurst, an experienced inquiry, inquest and injury solicitor who has instructed many medical experts over the years. Alongside Isabel are Dr Adrian Rees, a GP and expert witness, and our MD, Caren Scott, who has run large, successful medico-legal practices.

You will learn: 

  • What lawyers are looking for in their experts
  • How to write a compelling medico-legal CV
  • How to win new instructions and build your client list
  • How to set your fees and get paid on time
  • What to invoice for and when 
  • What to include in your terms and conditions
  • Techniques for maintaining your independence and integrity
  • GDPR essentials 
  • How to manage your practice effectively
  • How to exceed the expectations of your instructing solicitor
  • Marketing your medico-legal practice 
  • Developing and building your medico-legal practice.

Following completion of the training, you’ll be able to access ongoing support from our team and have a detailed handbook for reference.

If you have any queries about the course, or you’d like more information on the suitability of the training for you or your team, please get in contact.

Please note: If you are a medical professional seeking training on the legal principles, report writing, attending joint expert meetings, and dealing with cross-examination, please take a look at our Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals.


How to start, build and run a successful medico-legal practice

Starting up
  • Becoming a medico-legal expert
  • What physical resources do you need?
  • Indemnity insurance
  • GDPR compliance
  • Terms of engagement
  • Fees and cancellation charges
  • Your target audience
  • Website/social media
  • Preparing and sending out your medico-legal CV
  • Asking for feedback and collating testimonials
  • Getting known: offering training and writing articles
  • Secretarial requirements
  • Conflict checking, diary management and the communications trail
  • Secure storage and transfer of data
  • Retention of records and reports
Working with lawyers
  • Communication is key
  • Initial contact, cost estimates and conflict of interest
  • Understand the legal principles
  • Report writing and refining
Examining the claimant
  • Communication is key
  • Keeping notes and taking a detailed history
  • Not sharing your opinion or case information with the client
Giving your opinion
  • Report layout
  • Report content
  • References
  • Declaration and statement of trust
Maintaining and building your practice
  • Regular training and networking
  • Developing relationships with lawyers
  • How Inspire MediLaw can help, now and in the future


Dr Adrian Rees

GP and Expert Witness

Isabel Bathurst

Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor

Caren Scott

Managing Director, Inspire MediLaw

Testimonials from previous events

  • Inspire MediLaw courses are great for fledgling medical witnesses. With all their expertise, they’re preparing me to jump out of the nest!

    Dr Andrew Lux, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
  • An excellent overview of how to best run a medico-legal practice. Friendly group and lively interactions.

    Dr Shaun O’Connell, GP
  • Very informative and user-friendly speakers holding the delegates very well. Excellent communicators.

    Dr Spoto Giuseppe, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Very helpful, interesting course, and beneficial that one of the trainers is a solicitor.

    Kathryn Lodge, Practice Manager
  • Very useful, practically orientated, expertly delivered.

    Professor Kevin Dalton, Consultant Obstetrician

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