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Keynote Speaker - 2024
We are delighted to announce that The Honourable Mr Justice Ritchie has agreed to be our keynote speaker on 20th September 2024. After a glittering and ground-breaking career at the bar, Ritchie J was appointed to the High Court bench in October 2021, and has been involved in many of the most important cases in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence.
EARLY BIRD BOOKINGS OPEN
Full conference place including Champagne reception and dinner in the hall for £425 (no VAT) for the first 30 bookings - book here
DISCOUNTS FOR JUNIORS*
This is available to: Trainee Solicitors, Pupil Barristers and Solicitors / Barristers within first 5 years of practiceMedical Students, FYs, Specialist or core Medical Trainees or Associate Specialists: Full conference place including Champagne reception and dinner £295 (no VAT) Daytime place £190 (no VAT)
*Discounted rates for juniors limited to 30 places
This not-for-profit annual conference, now in its 13th year, provides a forum for doctors and lawyers to learn from each other and exchange views. It is distinguished by its convivial atmosphere and the expertise of its speakers and delegates alike. A full conference place includes an evening Champagne reception and dinner in the Peterhouse Dining Hall.
Stuart McKechnie KC is one of the leading catastrophic injury practitioners in the country and widely known for his speciality in maximising the value of claims. In the 2024 legal directories he has been described as “the leading quantum PI silk in the country” and “the king of quantum”. He works for many of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor firms in the country and all of his practice is in the High Court. He is a past winner of ‘Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards and Personal Injury Barrister of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards. In 2021/22 Stuart has (conservatively) recovered damages with a combined capital value in excess of £150,000,000 (one hundred and fifty million) on behalf of Claimants. In JDF (a Child) v Hampshire County Council, he settled what at the time was the highest Personal Injury award ever made/approved by a Court in the UK, the equivalent of £28 million capitalised. This case was covered across the national media. More recently, in IXM v Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust he settled a long running birth brain injury claim for the capital equivalent of £33.2 million. Stuart is one of only three Barrister members of the working party responsible for the Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. He is the General Editor of the APIL Guide To Catastrophic Injury Claims (being the definitive practitioner guide to running high-value personal injury and clinical negligence actions).
Described in 2023 Chambers and Partners as “a sublime negotiator and fearsome advocate” Julian specialises in complex and/or high value personal injury claims. He is renowned for his exceptional understanding of expert evidence and excellent rapport with lay and professional clients alike. He undertakes a balance of work for Claimants and Defendants and has been a fixture in the professional directories for over 20 years, being noted also for his “superbly tactical brain”.
Dr Spencer is Consultant Psychiatrist at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from the University of Cambridge, and completed his training in Cambridge and Edinburgh. He has lectured at the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh, and he has practised as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2008. He was awarded the Donald Cohen Fellowship by the European Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2007, the Clinician Scientist Fellowship by the MRC in 2008 and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2016. Dr Spencer has a particular interest in the interactions that can exist between physical and psychological conditions, particularly in chronic pain and psychological trauma. He has worked in NHS multidisciplinary pain clinics, has served as a Council Member of the Pain Section at the Royal Society of Medicine, is a Senior Fellow of the London Pain Forum, a member of the British Pain Society, the British Neuropsychiatric Association and the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine and of its Chronic Pain Special Interest Group, and a founding member of the Functional Neurological Disorder Society. Dr Spencer has prepared CPR Part 35 compliant expert witness reports for the Court since 2012, in personal injury and clinical negligence work. He has been a co-organiser of the Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference since 2014. Since March 2020 Dr Spencer has worked as Consultant Psychiatrist at the mental health First Response Service covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (which he joined in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to work on the front-line in mental health during the time of crisis), where he has broad and varied clinical exposure to a range of psychiatric presentations across the lifespan.
Professor Tom Quick is a peripheral nerve surgeon and clinical academic recognised internationally for his expertise. He holds honorary posts in most London NHS hospitals and provides clinical expertise in nerve injury for the whole U.K. as well as Iceland. He has successfully treated and supported rehabilitation of a wide range of professional sports men and women, internationals in rugby, cricket, football and horse racing. In April 2013, he was appointed as a Consultant peripheral nerve surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore. He provided consultancy at Headley Court the Defence Medical Rehab Centre, Surrey in the Nerve Injuries of War clinic for four years. Professor Quick’s Doctoral thesis on the ‘Assessment of re-innervated muscle function‘ was successfully defended in 2018 earning MD(res) at UCL. He is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science and a founding member and clinical lead for peripheral nerve in the Centre for Nerve Engineering (CNE) at UCL. He collaborates scientifically with a wide range of academic teams in London the across the UK. He has published over 50 peer reviewed paper numerous book chapters and national guidelines in nerve injury. He is an ABC travelling fellow. Professor Quick has had an expert witness practice for 10 years with a ratio of 70:30 between claimant and defence instruction. He accepts instructions via a paper free practice and has a turnaround of 3 weeks from receiving instruction to completed reports (with video and static image evidence). Tom has a wealth of experience in court appearances. Having appeared (both as a witness to fact and an expert witness) in personal injury, medical negligence, criminal and family courts. In all court appearances the side calling Mr Quick as an expert were successful. Senior Counsel Liam Reidy in Dublin comment that in under cross examination Tom was “brilliant and remained composed”.
Nicola has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses public law, clinical negligence, personal injury, professional discipline, Court of Protection and costs. In clinical negligence and personal injury, she works on complex and high value claims including brain injury, spinal injury and serious psychiatric injury. She is experienced in group litigation. She is often instructed in cases raising novel points of law. She is ranked as a leading junior in the directories in the areas of professional discipline, administrative law, clinical negligence, costs, Court of Protection and community care law. Her clients include individuals, NHS and private care bodies, a range of regulators and those they regulate, local authorities and private sector bodies. She is an experienced advocate and had conducted cases before a range of courts and tribunals including the Court of Appeal.