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SCIL Members Meeting and AGM

2 pm 

Chair's Welcome
A warm welcome by our Chair, Sharon Allison.

2.10 pm 

Dr Henrietta Hughes - Patient Safety Commissioner

Dr Hughes will discuss patient safety from her perspective as Commissioner.

3 pm 

Clare Bowen - Clinical Human Factors Group

Clare as Trustee and Treasurer will discuss the CHFG's history, integration of human factors into healthcare and what still needs to be done.

4 pm 

Members' Meeting and AGM

Not to be missed! A comprehensive update from the Executive Committee.

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Closing of the meeting


2:10pm – 2:30pm

Auditorium: Option A

Professor Janesh Gupta, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, and medical Expert at TULA Medical


Obstetric Hazards: Recurring medico-legal themes and clinical solutions

Platform: Option B

Alex Bagnall, Technical Manager, Total Legal Solutions/Mediclaims Indemnity Costs:

Indemnity Costs: Their Benefits and how to get them

2:35pm – 2:55pm

Auditorium: Option A

Ashtons Legal, Court of Protection Team. Adrian Mundell is a Partner and Head of Court of Protection Team at Ashtons Legal LLP. Clare is an Associate and Senior Relationship Manger within the Court of Protection Team.

Managing client expectations in

the litigation process


Managing clients expectations in terms of what will be achievable long term post settlement of the claim. We often see cases where clients and family members have expectations, based on what they say they have been told by the litigator acting for them, and from seeing the schedule of loss, but where we see that the case has been settled at an amount between the claimant and defendant schedules. What the clients and family thought was a fantastic settlement then turns sour when they realise that they can’t have everything that they thought that they had been promised.

Platform: Option B

Tom Brocklebank, Costs
Lawyer and Head of Litigation
at Paramount Legal Costs at Paramount Legal Costs

Costs budgeting: the importance

of monitoring your costs budget

Costs Budgets were introduced into the CPR 10 years ago. We asked clinical negligence Solicitors for some of their burning questions surrounding them and the budgeting process, and we will discuss some of them here with you. Tom Brocklebank will talk through the questions and answers, and also address why it is so important to monitor your Costs Budget.

3:00pm – 3:20pm

Auditorium: Option A

David Cole, Financial Consultant at Frenkel Topping

PPOs and the upcoming effects of the potential change in Discount rate


A Periodical Payment Order (PPO) is a specialised form of structured settlement that enables part of the Claimant’s damages to
be paid in regular installments, in exchange for a part of the lump sum of damages. This methodology means a Claimant will have a steady stream of tax-free index-linked income to last their lifetime, which also removes the need for investment risk. Frenkel Topping was involved in the first Structured Settlement
in British legal history in the case of Kelly v Dawes (1989) and have more than 30 years’ experience in this field.


This seminar will cover everything you need to know about PPOs, including the significance of the Discount Rate, which heads of damage can be linked to a PPO, why and when you should consider a PPO and the implications of local authority funding and welfare benefits.

Platform: Option B

John Coughlan KC,
No. 5 Chambers

Khan v Meadows two years on: has anything changed?


3.40pm – 4:30pm

Members’ meeting and update

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