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This not-for-profit annual conference, now in its 12th 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.
In-person event at Peterhouse, Cambridge on 22nd September 2023
Dr Rajesh Munglani
Dr Munglani has a strong research interest in the neurobiology of chronic pain states and chronic spinal regional pain syndromes. He founded the Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference in 2011. He has considerable medico-legal experience and has given evidence in court including the High Court on many occasions.
Mr Stuart McKechnie KC
Stuart McKechnie KC specialises in the highest value catastrophic injury claims involving complex issues and large numbers of experts. 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).
Mr Julian Benson
Julian works exclusively on 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 frequently against leading counsel.
In recent years Julian has addressed the Royal Society of Medcine (pain division) and the biannual conference of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society ("BOFAS")
He is prominent in the commendations in the independent directories, and by solicitors and clients alike. For example, Chambers UK describes him in its most recent editions as:
"Well known for the breadth and depth of his expertise in complex and high-value matters, including extremely severe high-value catastrophic injuries, complex pain and fatal claims. He draws particular praise for his sensitivity and understanding when dealing with clients..."
"a barrister who gives you confidence as you know he is prepared to take on complex issues...an excellent advocate"
"a "superbly tactical brain...he is not afraid to go where others fear to tread and clients love his have-a-go approach"
...and he "impresses with his "ability to come up with a novel angle or an extra argument.""
Julian is a co-organiser of the annual Peterhouse Medico-Legal Conference in Cambridge and for 14 years was organiser of the highly regarded Guildhall Chambers Personal Injury seminars.
Dr Michael Spencer
Dr Spencer is Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Pain Medicine at West Suffolk Hospital. His pain clinic caseload comprises patients with pain conditions and significant psychological and psychiatric presentations. He is a Council Member of the Section of Pain Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Mr Tom Quick
Tom is a co-organiser of the conference and in 2023 also our Chair.
Tom Quick was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Magdalene College Cambridge. After Basic surgical training in London and Sydney (NSW, Australia) he completed his Orthopaedic training on the renowned Bristol rotation. Tom then was then awarded a twelve month Paediatric Orthopaedic fellowship at The Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia where he worked in both general Paediatric Orthopaedics and upper limb paediatric surgery. Tom worked in the Peripheral Nerve Injury Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore as a Fellow for 2 years prior to taking up his Consultant post in 2013..
Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
Nicola has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses public law, medical negligence, professional regulation and discipline, Court of Protection (health and welfare and property and affairs), costs and personal injury.
She is ranked as a leading junior in the directories in the areas of professional discipline, administrative and public law, clinical negligence, costs, Court of Protection and community care law.
Her clients include NHS and private care bodies, individuals, a range of regulators (from the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) and those they regulate, local authorities and private sector bodies, individuals and companies.
She has experience as an advocate in a wide-range of courts and tribunals including the Court of Appeal.