Promoting medico-legal knowledge in all its aspects

PROGRAMME for 2023-2024

Thursday 12 October, 2023 Dr Simon Wilson, MA FRCPsych, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist



The Fixed Threat Assessment Centre
Thursday 9 November, 2023 Dr Vassilios Hurmusiadis BEng, MA, PhD, and

Mr Kevin Sherman MA (Cantab) BM BCh (Oxon) FRCS MEd PhD

Simulation-based training in cardiology | The role of simulation and AI in medical education
Thursday 14 December, 2023 Mr. David Sellu MSc, ChM, FRCS, FRCSEd.,

former Honorary Consultant Surgeon at St Mark’s Hospital, London.

When Things Go Wrong – Consent, Manslaughter and Gross Clinical Negligence
Thursday 11 January, 2024 Dr Jonathan Leach OBE, FRCGP, GP and Associate Medical Director NHS England General Medical Practice: Is there a future?
Thursday 8 February, 2024 Ms Tamzin Cuming FRCS (Gen Surg) MEd, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Homerton University Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London, Chair, Women in Surgery Forum, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Co-Lead, Working Party on Sexual Misconduct in Surgery


Sexual Misconduct in Surgery. What Can Be Done?
Thursday 14 March, 2024 Dr Michael Powers KC, BSc, MB, BS, DA, FFFLM, LLD (Hon) Medicine and Law – A view from both sides
Thursday 11 April, 2024 Prof Rachael Mulheron KC (Hon) B.Com, LLB (Hons), LLM (Advanced) (UQ), D.Phil (Oxon) Secondary Victims Liability in Medical Negligence: Ring-fenced or Unfenced?
Thursday 9 May, 2024 Mr Philip Havers KC Patient confidentiality – existing principles and unusual circumstances


Thursday 13 June, 2024 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

followed by

Samantha Prosser, Solicitor, Managing Associate at Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP



Whistleblowing in the NHS – how to best protect oneself from the costs and consequences?

Thursday 20 June, 2024 ANNUAL DINNER at the RAG-Army & Navy Cub, 36 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JN Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, FRCP, FRCGP, FLSW, FMedSci will propose the toast to the Law

Baron Faulks of Donnington KC will propose the toast to Medicine

PROGRAMME for 2022-2023


but meetings will also be relayed via Zoom and recordings made available


Simon Readhead K.C., M.A., B.C.L



Thursday, October 13, 2022


President’s address:

Medicine and Law – Little Territory in Common.

Dr Derek Tracy, Medical Director, West London NHS Trust
Senior Lecturer, King’s College London & University College London

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Malingering: are doctors exceeding the evidence?

Professor Marian Knight MA, MBChB, MPH, DPhil, FFPH, FRCPE
Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health



Thursday, December 8, 2022


Excess maternal mortality BAME women

Professor Neil Greenberg    Professor of Defence Mental Health


Thursday, January 12, 2023 Adjustment disorder, moral injury and the Case of Marine ”A”
Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Thursday, February 9, 2023 County Lines
Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson FRCSE FRCP FRCPE FMedSci FRCA. Former Chief Medical Officer for England


Thursday, March 9, 2023 Vaccines and Geopolitics
Professor Mike Tipton MBE, FTPS
Professor of Human & Applied Physiology
Thursday, April 13, 2023 Extreme environmental physiology in the dock
Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL


Thursday, May 11, 2023 “First do no harm” – Primodos, sodium valproate and surgical mesh
Dr Christine Tomkins

Retired CEO (September 2021), The Medical Defence Union

Thursday, June 8, 2023 Tales of the Unexpected – 36 years of Medical Defence

ANNUAL DINNER 2023 – Apothecaries’ Hall Monday 19 June 2023

For further details of the event, the speakers and to book your place, please see here.


Proposing the toast to Medicine: Mr. James Badenoch KC

James Badenoch was a Deputy High Court Judge, a President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Chairman Emeritus of the Expert Witness Institute and a Recorder of the Crown Court

Proposing the toast to The Law: Mr. David Badenoch DM, MCh, FEBU, FRCS(Urol).

David Badenoch was a consultant urological surgeon to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers. He is a Past President of the Section of Urology at the Royal Society of Medicine and was formerly a member of the Council of the Medical Defence Union

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 Evelyn Palmer at [email protected] 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.