2017 Speakers


Lord Faulks QC

Barrister, 1 Chancery Lane


Lord Faulks was head of Chambers 1 Chancery Lane for 9 years until 2007.

He is identified as a leading practitioner in several areas in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. His practice includes professional negligence, clinical negligence, personal injury, education, police claims, public law and claims arising from the Human Rights Act. He has been instructed in a large number of the leading cases in these areas over the last 10 years.

In 2006 he was a special adviser to the Department of Constitutional Affairs on the Compensation Culture.

He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement award at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2010 and the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year award in The Chambers Bar Awards 2009



Susan Rodway QC

Barrister, Middle Temple


Susan Rodway QC has a wealth of experience from over 14 years acting as Leading Counsel across a wide spectrum of civil litigation.

She is renowned for her advocacy skills, particularly in cross examining experts in the fields of medicine and medical science, pharmaceuticals, forensic investigation, accident reconstruction, motorsports and equine or bloodstock issues. She has been instructed in numerous leading cases related to clinical negligence, catastrophic injuries, group litigation and sports law arising out of motorsports or equine activities and competition.

In addition to her UK practice, Susan is regularly instructed internationally on clinical negligence, personal injury and sports issues, particularly in Singapore and Asia.

Susan is a qualified PIcARBS Arbitrator and International Arbitrator and also has extensive experience acting as a Mediator.

She is noted as a leading Silk in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

Susan is a Bencher of Middle Temple.




James Badenoch QC

Barrister, 1 Crown Office Row


James Badenoch QC is the son of the late Sir John Badenoch, sometime Director of Clinical Studies (Dean of the Medical School) of Oxford University, and is a renegade from a far-flung medical dynasty. He was pupil to John (later Mr Justice) Alliott, and Harry (Lord) Woolf at 1 Crown Office Row where he has practiced ever since. For some 35 years he has specialised in clinical negligence, medical law, and medical discipline. He took silk in 1989. He has appeared in a succession of major cases in the Supreme Court, the House of Lords, The Privy Council, The Court of Appeal, The High Court, The GMC and The GDC, and the Hong Kong High Court and Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.


He has been a Deputy High Court Judge, a Recorder of the Crown Court, and a President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, and is a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has been admitted to the Hong Kong Bar. He retired recently from the Chairmanship of the Expert Witness Institute. His practice covers medically related matters of all kinds.




Consultant in Pain Medicine

Dr Al-Kaisy is currently Clinical Lead of the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS trust. He trained in Chronic Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool.  He has a fellowship in Chronic Pain Management at University of Toronto Hospital, Canada.


Dr Al-Kaisy has an international reputation as a leading expert in Pain Management and has extensive experience in working toward the advancement of electrical neuromodulation techniques within this specialty. Dr Al-Kaisy led the first multicenter and multinational study on the safety and efficacy of 10kHz SCS in the management of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). He has subsequently clinically pioneered the use of this novel therapy in the management of different chronic pain conditions including the feasibility study on chronic back patients without prior surgery. He is the innovator of a number techniques including transgrade dorsal root ganglion stimulation using monopolar electrical stimulation.



Gerard McDermott QC

Outer Temple Chambers, 9 St John Street


Gerard McDermott QC practises from England and is based in London and Manchester, with associated offices in Abu Dhabi and New York.

His main areas of practice are Personal Injury and Employment Law at all levels, Gerard acts for both Claimants and Defendants.

He represents clients with a whole range of injuries arising from medical malpractice, product defects or road traffic accidents. Much of his caseload involves catastrophic personal injury such as spinal cord injury or brain injury. He has a very busy trial practice across the United Kingdom, generally in the High Court, as well as reaching impressive out of court settlements through negotiation.

Gerard sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. He is also a former President of the American Counsel Association, former Leader of the European Circuit of the Bar and a long time active member of the American Bar Association and in particular the Section of Litigation. Gerard is frequently invited to lecture on his areas of specialism, both in the UK and abroad.



Fiona Johnson

Care and OT expert


Fiona qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1985 and began her career working at Manchester Royal Infirmary in elderly, general medicine, orthopaedics/ surgery and rehabilitation care. Fiona then worked as a ward sister in medicine and rehabilitation and following this for a number of years managing ward and nursing services. Fiona later gained a Bachelor of Sciences degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing. She worked in the NHS until 2006.

Fiona began to work as an expert witness in 2006 and since then she has established a significant practice in major and catastrophic injury claims. She is instructed by Claimant and Defendant solicitors and undertakes reports on both liability and quantum. Fiona has a particular knowledge of health and the delivery of healthcare services within acute care, rehabilitation and home settings. Her very significant clinical experience and knowledge of these areas provides her with an in-depth insight into a number of clinical areas. Fiona also undertakes clinical case management work.




Harry Belcher

Consultant Hand Surgeon


Harry Belcher is an independent Hand Surgeon working in the South East of England.  His clinical interests are degenerative problems such as osteoarthritis, nerve compression and Dupuytren's contracture as well as post-traumatic problems of the hand and wrist.



Dr Nicholas Padfield

Consultant in Pain Medicine


Dr Padfield is a consultant in pain medicine and anaesthesia at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust.


His interests include treatments for neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndromes and many other types of pain problems. He works in a multidisciplinary team and undertakes all of the most up to date validated pain interventions including spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, radiofrequency facet joint denervations and pulsed radiofrequency treatments.


Dr Padfield has published a number of books including the 'Pain Medicine Manual' which was awarded the highly commended BMA prize. He is also Lead Investigator at St Thomas' Hospital for a multicentre investigation into the role of immunoglobulin as treatment in complex regional pain syndrome




Dr Richard Hardie

Consultant Neurologist


I began specialising in clinical neurology in 1982, obtained an MD in neuropharmacology from Cambridge University in 1984 and then trained at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London for 6 years.  I have been a full-time consultant neurologist since 1992, and based at North Bristol NHS Trust since 2005. I was formerly employed for 3 years by the Ministry of Defence as Clinical Director of the Neurological Rehabilitation Group at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court. From 1997 until 2002 I was Clinical Director of the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Service and consultant neurologist at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust; as well as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s Hospital Medical School in the University of London.  From 1992 to 1997, I was Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.



Professor Steve Gentleman PhD, FRCPath, FRSB, FHEA

Professor of Neuropathology


Steve Gentleman is Professor of Neuropathology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London. Over the past 20 years he has run an active research team investigating the pathology of neurodegenerative disease and traumatic brain injury. In some of his early work he identified pathological changes in the brains of people who had died of a serious head injury which were very similar to those seen in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.This link, based on inflammatory mechanisms, is still the focus of research for his research team in collaboration with colleagues throughout the UK and USA. He also discovered that damage to the processes of nerve cells as a result of head injury was far more common than originally thought. In more recent years he has been part of a European consortium of neuropathologists who have been working to standardise the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. Using this expertise he provides diagnostic support for the Parkinson’s UK and Multiple Sclerosis Society Tissue Banks at Imperial and is a member of the Medical Research Council Brain Bank Network management committee.



Dr Sundeep Sembi B.Sc. (Hons.), Clin.Psy.D., C. Psychol., AFBPsS.

Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist , Consultant Chartered Clinical Psychologist


Dr Sembi is a HPC Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, Full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Practitioner Full Member of the Division of Neuropsychology.

He offers a wide range of scientifically based and clinically tested psychological and neuropsychological treatments and draws on a number of theoretical perspectives as necessary particularly for very complex cases or those involving eg, brain injury or complex trauma reactions.



Dr Ken Darzy,

Consultant in General Internal Medicine, Diabetes, and Endocrinology


I have been working as a Consultant Physician, Diabetologist and Endocrinologist since August 2006. I graduated in 1990 and obtained the MRCP in 1996, the FRCP in 2006 and the MD in 2008. I have wide experience in general medicine and particular interest and experience in complex diabetes and endocrine disorders including endocrine cancer. I have been working in the NHS for 23 years. I had extensive clinical research experience with numerous noval publications and reviews in neuro-endocrinology. This wide clinical and research experience and deep familiarity with the NHS provide me with a clear insight into medico-legal issues that can result from failure of the complex care pathways and/or failure of individual health care providers. A lot of my medico-legal work relates to clinical negligence and life expectancy but I also do a lot of work on personal injury resulting in endocrine disorders or complicating pre-exiting diabetes or endocrine diseases.


Dr Johanna Herrod

Consultant Neuropsychiatrist


Dr Johanna Herrod qualified with Distinction in Medicine at Cambridge University in 1990.

She has a strong academic background with a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge and is actively involved in clinical research.

Dr Johanna Herrod completed Psychiatry training in Cambridge specialising in Liaison and Neuropsychiatry.

She has been a Consultant since 2000 and works in the NHS as Consultant in Neuropsychiatry at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Bristol




Dan Lawson,

Barrister, Cloisters Chambers


Dan specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and related insurance law.

He undertakes the full range of personal injury work.  Particular areas of expertise include: complex public and employer’s liability claims; construction site accidents; workplace stress; RTA liability; fatal accidents; high value quantum claims.

He has acted in a wide variety of clinical negligence claims, with particular focus on serious brain and spinal cord injuries.

Dan’s related insurance work centres upon disputes as to policy construction, third party rights against insurers and avoidance for non-disclosure or misrepresentation. He has for many years been recognised by Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in the field of personal injury law.




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.




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 in an entirely neutral manner, 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, is also recommended by Headway UK, where 1,000 copies were downloaded in its first three months.




Stuart  McKechnie

Barrister, 9 Gough Square Chambers


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




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 pain clinic caseload comprises patients from across the lifespan with pain conditions and significant psychological and psychiatric presentations. 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. He is experienced in writing Medicolegal reports, and holds clinics in Cambridge, London and Chelmsford.