2018 Speakers


Dr Jenny Vaughan

Consultant Neurologist


Dr Jenny Vaughan has been Consultant Neurologist for 14 years (NW London Hospitals NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust). Jenny was the medical lead for the successful over-turning of the conviction of Surgeon Mr David Sellu for gross negligence manslaughter in 2013.  Jenny has conducted surveys  for the last three years in order to understand the impact of the criminal law on healthcare, especially after the conviction and erasure of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba. These surveys have informed law-makers, politicians, the media, the BMA, the royal colleges and the medical profession in general. She  is currently assisting the Marx review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice.



Mr Peter Hull

Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon


I am currently the Lead Orthopaedic Trauma Consultant at Cambridge University Hospital, which is the Level 1 Trauma Centre for the region. I have a specialist expertise in poly trauma patients, especially those with pelvic and acetabular fractures and high energy lower limb injuries. I have multiple open fracture publications and am able to provide joint medicolegal reports on open fractures with plastic surgery experts.


I am a recognised worldwide expert on distal femur fractures and acetabular fractures, and have received £500,000 grants to research these topics. I have recently also received a grant of £2.6m to research pelvic fractures.




Anna Diamond

Barrister,  Kings Chambers


Anna Diamond is a barrister and has practised in personal injury and clinical negligence since being called to the Bar in 1995.  She is a member of King’s Chambers having moved there from No5 in 2016.


Anna has been a scholar of both King’s College Cambridge (where she studied preclinical medicine as part of her first degree) and Gray’s Inn where she received the Karmel, Arden, and Prince of Wales scholarships.


Anna’s current practice spans life-changing personal injuries and serious and complex clinical negligence claims including injuries of the utmost severity and fatal cases. Her work covers all aspects of medical practice but she specialises particularly in cases involving neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, cardiology, cardiovascular and orthopaedic surgery. In addition to her barrister’s practice, Anna sits part-time as a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Circuit.




Professor George Ikkos

Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

George is Lead Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS; also, Director of the RSM (Royal Society of Medicine) programme “Psychiatry in Dialogue with Neuroscience Medicine and Society”, Medical Examiner General Medical Council and Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) representative on the British Society of Rheumatology Guidelines Working Group on Management of Chronic Pain in Inflammatory Arthritis. In 2014, he was elected Honorary Fellow RCPsych.


He has served as RSM first President Pain Medicine Section and President Psychiatry Section; also, Honorary Visiting Research Professor London South Bank University, Treasurer Association of Clinical Professors of Psychiatry and RCPsych representative on the Royal College of Physicians Guidelines Working Group on Recognition and Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).





Dr Walter Busuttil

Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Services, Combat Stress


Dr Busuttil graduated in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 1983. He served in the Medical Branch of the Royal Air Force for 16 years. He was appointed a consultant psychiatrist in 1994. In the RAF he was part of the team that helped rehabilitate the Beirut Hostages and veterans from the first Gulf War.

Between 1997 and 2004 he set up and led a tertiary referral service for sufferers of complex presentations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including adult survivors of sexual abuse at the Priory Ticehurst House Hospital in East Sussex.

He joined Combat Stress in June 2007 where he led the overhaul of clinical management practice and expanded multidisciplinary teams and outreach services liaising with the highest levels of the NHS, MOD and other agencies. He has a clinical workload of four sessions per week.



John de Bono QC

Barrister, Searjeants' Inn Chambers


John has a First in Philosophy and Theology from Oriel College, Oxford, graduating in 1993. He took a Law Conversion Course at De Montfort University where he was placed first in his year in 1994. He read for the Bar Finals at the ICSL in London and won a scholarship from Gray’s Inn. John is well known as a leading practitioner in clinical negligence. He also practises in personal injury, cases of sexual abuse, police law and judicial review. He set up and runs the annual Serjeants’ Inn & Oxford Neurosurgery Medical Law Conference for clinical negligence enthusiasts, which is now in its ninth year. John is consistently ranked by the legal directories as a leading silk, featuring in clinical negligence, professional discipline and police law.






Professor Peter Hutchinson

Professor of Neurosurgery

I am a NIHR Research Professor at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. I have a general neurosurgical practice with a subspecialist interest in the management of patients with neurological trauma. My research interests include traumatic brain injury (Chief Investigator of the MRC/NIHR-funded RESCUEicp decompressive study), multimodality monitoring in neurocritical care, and functional brain imaging.  I am  the Neurosurgical Specialty Lead at the Royal College of Surgeons of England; Chair of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) Neurotrauma Group; a member of the SBNS Council; Director of Clinical Studies and Fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge; and Chief Medical Officer for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.



Dr Anbar Soopramanien

Consultant in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine

My profession  has allowed me to work with patients and healthcare professionals in some of Europe’s specialist spinal rehabilitation centres including:

• Centre de Readaptation de Coubert in Paris

• Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury

• London’s Spinal Injury Unit in Stanmore

I have also worked at a centre, which focuses supporting on patients with acquired brain injury, as well on many international projects including the International Movement of the Red Cross in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Romania.

I write on the subject of ‘neurological rehabilitation’ and ‘rehabilitation in the developing world’.





Stephen Glynn,
Barrister, 9 Gough Square

Stephen has huge experience in all matters personal injury drawn from over 27 years' practice in the field, including clinical negligence and catastrophic injury. He has particular experience in subtle brain injury cases.

He is often instructed on complex and challenging cases involving brain and catastrophic injuries including birth and fatal accidents.

He is the series editor of Clinical Negligence, law, practice and procedure, now in its second edition published by chambers.

Until 2017 he served as a member of APIL’s executive committee and is now a member of APIL's working party on the government’s proposed discount rate change





Dr Emma Chojnowska,

Consultant in Pain Medicine


Dr Chojnowska has been a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine,working in Sussex, since 2000. She currently holds the position of Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School

 Her pain clinic case load comprises a wide range of Chronic Pain conditions, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Spinal Pain. Interests include

outcomes following spinal interventions.


Recent collaboration work includes advising local Clinical Commissioning Groups on prescribing guidelines for GPs in Sussex.



Mr Alan Norrish,
 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


Mr Norrish is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in complex trauma and bone and joint infection.  He works at the Major Trauma Centre for the East of England, based at Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT.  He is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine.  He has completed an LLM in medical law and has been acting as an expert witness since 2003.





Julian Benson

Barrister, Guildhall Chambers


Julian is a personal injury barrister whose work is focused chiefly on a balance of complex and/or high value claimant and defendant work, typically involving brain injuries, catastrophic limb injuries (and amputations), chronic pain syndromes and disorders, and psychiatric injuries. He is frequently instructed in difficult fatal accident claims and has been instructed in cases against leading counsel on numerous occasions in recent years.


In 2012 Julian wrote "A Barrister's Guide to Your Personal Injury Claim", a not-for-profit book aiming to explain the content and procedure of personal injury litigation  to increase understanding among claimants and thereby reduce costs and promote settlements.


The book, which is available free from Julian’s website (www.abarristersguide.org.uk), or Amazon.




Dr Rajesh Munglani

Consultant in Pain Medicine, Cambridge


Dr Munglani has a strong research interest in the neurobiology of chronic pain states and also chronic spinal regional pain syndromes including reflex sympathetic dystrophies. He founded the Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference and co-founded the Cambridge Medico-legal Forum in 2011 and was elected to the Council of the British Pain Society in the same year. He has considerable medico-legal experience and has twice given evidence at the High Court. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Observational Pain Medicine, which he established in 2012.




Dr Michael Spencer

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist


Dr Spencer qualified from the University of Cambridge. He was a Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He currently holds positions as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore.

Dr Spencer is Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Pain Medicine at West Suffolk Hospital, where he provides psychiatric input to a multidisciplinary pain clinic.  His research interests include psychological aspects of chronic pain conditions.


He is a Council Member of the Section of Pain Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Observational Pain Medicine.




Stuart  McKechnie QC

Barrister, 9 Gough Square Chambers


Stuart was sworn in as Queen's Counsel by the Lord Chancellor on 26 February 2018. Stuart is a leading personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner who specialises in representing those who have been catastrophically injured. Band 1 Leading Junior in Personal Injury in the 2017 editions of Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Described in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 as “Without doubt the leading personal injury junior”. Editorial Board Member of the Judicial College Guidelines for The Assessment of General Damages. Co-author of the APIL Guide to Catastrophic Injury Claims and contributing editor to Kemp: Practice & Procedure. Instructed by many of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence firms across the UK. Involved in cases collectively worth over £100 million in 2016 including JDF v. Hampshire County Council, which is thought to be the highest personal injury award ever made / approved by a court in the UK at £28 million capitalised