27th September 2019

08:30 Registration

09:30 Welcome from Julian Benson


09:40                                                              Session 1: Trauma


Chair: Henry Pitchers, Barrister, No.5 Chambers

“The complexities of nerve and chest injuries”


09.40 The complexities of chest injuries,  Mr Aman Coonar, Consultant Surgeon,


10:00 Brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries, Tom Quick, Consultant Surgeon


10:20 Discussion


10:40 Coffee

11:10                                                            Session 2:  Surveillance


Chair: Patricia Hitchcock QC, Barrister, Cloisters


“Privacy in litigation - surveillance, social media

and recordings of expert appointments”


11:10 Marcus Grant, Barrister, Temple Garden Chambers

11:30 Dr Gaby Parker, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

11.50 Discussion

12:10 Closing remarks Patricia Hitchcock QC

12:20 Lunch

13:20                                                           Session 3: Pain Medicine


Chair: Dr Jon Valentine, Pain Medicine Consultant


“Whither CRPS?”


13:20 CRPS : what are we talking about ?, Dr Rajesh Munglani, Pain Medicine Consultant



13.30  Origins, Diagnosis and Prognosis of CRPS: Can we integrate medical, psychiatric and behavioural
           perspectives?", Professor George Ikkos,Consultant Psychiatrist



14:00  Fibromyalgia and CRPS- evidential breakthroughs concerning causes and diagnoses,
           Dr Andreas Goebel, Pain Medicine Consultant, The Walton Centre NH Foundation Trust

14:20 Medico-legal implications of the diagnostic debate, Pankaj Madan, Barrister, 12 King’s Bench Walk

14:40 Discussion


15:10 Coffee


15.40                                                          Session 4 Psychiatry


Chair: Emma Zeb, Barrister, St John’s Chambers, Bristol


Somatic Symptom Disorders: definitions, causation and prognosis


15.40 Dr Michael Spencer, Consultant Psychiatrist


16:00 Paul Mallett, Consultant Psychiatrist


16:20 Discussion


16.35                                                              Session 5 Legal


Chair: Stuart McKechnie QC, Barrister, 9 Gough Square


16.35 What are the implications of Darnley v Croydon Healthcare Services?,  Deborah Blythe, Partner, Head of
         Clinical Negligence, Russell Cooke



17:10 “Muppets”, “Expletives”, and “zealotry”: Another year of expert evidence, Julian Benson, Guildhall Chambers


17:30 Close


17:45 Champagne reception


18:30  Keynote talk in theatre, The Hon Mr Justice Robin Spencer


19:30 Dinner in the Hall