Promoting medico-legal knowledge in all its aspects

Programme 2018–2019

Event Medical Professionalism in the 21st Century
Date 11 October 2018
Speaker Sir Robert Francis QC, President of the Medico-Legal Society

Event Objectivity in an Adversarial System
Date 8 November 2018
Speaker Lady Justice Hallett

Event Ethico-Legal Issues arising in the care of Gender-Variant Children and Adolescents
Date 13 December 2018
Speaker Dr Bernadette Wren, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Event When Things Go Wrong” –  Gross Negligent Manslaughter in Healthcare
Date 10 January 2019
Speaker Professor Sir Norman Williams MS FRCS FMedSci FRCP FRCP(Edin) FRCA FDS(Hon) FACS(Hon) FRCSI(Hon) FRCSEd(Hon), Chairman National Clinical Improvement Programme (NCIP), Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London

Event The Prosecution of Sexual Offences in 2019 including medical issues that arise in respect of consent and capacity
Date 14 February 2019
Speaker His Honour Peter Rook QC

Event Global surprise: the leading cause of death and disability in young people, and what we are doing about it.
Date 14 March 2019
Speaker Charles Clayton, Chief Executive and Dr James de Courcy, Chair of Trustees of  the Primary Trauma Care Foundation
PLEASE NOTE This is a change to the advertised programme

Event Assisted Fertility – the legal and ethical issues
Date 11 April 2019
Speaker Catherine Drennan, Head of Legal Dept, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Event Can the NHS as we know it reach its 100th Birthday or is it now in Palliative Care?
Date 9 May 2019

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive NHS Providers






20th May 2019 – The Apothecaries Hall, Black Friars Lane London EC4V 6EJ

The Rt Hon Lady Justice Nicola Davies DBE will propose the toast to “Medicine” and Dame Clare Marx, Chair of the GMC and past President of the Royal College of Surgeons will propose the toast to “the Law”

Event Should Assisted Dying require the consent of a High Court Judge?
Date 13 June 2019

Professor Penney Lewis, School of Law & Ethics, Kings College London

Attendance at meetings is limited to Members of the Society and their guests. However, if you would like to come to one meeting as a “Taster” before joining, please contact the secretary Sandra Marcantonio at or any other member of the Society’s Council.

Membership is open to anyone interested in Medico-Legal matters. For membership details, see here. Students are welcome and may join at a reduced subscription.

With the exception of the Annual Dinner, or unless otherwise stated, all meetings take place at 7 pm at:

The Medical Society of London
Lettsom House
11 Chandos Street
Cavendish Square

See below for a map.

Meetings are followed by a drinks reception.

If you have any queries, please contact us.