Promoting medico-legal knowledge in all its aspects

Below is the past programme of the Society.

Event Evidence, the Law and the Medical Profession
Date 10 November 2005
Speaker Lord Dick Taverne
Author, “The March of Unreason – Science, Democracy and the New Fundamentalism.”
Lord Taverne discussed the evidence-based approach as applied by scientists, lawyers, the media and the public, and covered, inter alia,  the grant of legal aid to parents of autistic children, the Sir Roy Meadow case, the medical profession, homoeopathy, alternative medicine and the BMA, and genetically modified crops. He argued that lawyers and the medical profession do not always approach evidence as scientists do.

Event Caller on the line: An illustrated introduction to the work of a forensic speech scientist.
Date 08 December 2005
Speaker Dr Peter French
Forensic Speech Scientist
Dr French provided an overview of the various aspects of forensic speech science, including speaker profiling, speaker identification and disputed content analysis. Audio recordings and records of analysis from real cases were used to illustrate each category of the work.

Event Complementary/Alternative Medicine: Medico-Legal Issues.
Date 12 January 2006
Speaker Professor Edzard Ernst
Director, Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School
Complementary/Alternative medicine (CAM) is important, not least because so many people use it (and usually pay for it privately). This raises a wide range of issues: Does it work? Is it safe? Can it be negligent to prescribe (or fail to prescribe) CAM? Is informed consent needed? The lecture touched upon these and other issues. The conclusion was that double standards in medicine are counter-productive. 

Event UK policing and Less Lethal Technologies: An operational, legal and medical perspective.
Date 09 February 2006
Speaker Colin Burrows QPM
Critical Intervention Consultancy
Dr Graham Cooper OBE
Biomedical Sciences, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

The presentation provided an overview of the holistic approach which is being taken to developing and testing Less Lethal Technologies for use by the Police in the UK.

Event Are there inherent legal fallacies in evidence-based medicine?
Date 09 March 2006
Speaker Dr Neville Goodman
Consultant Anaesthetist, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the careful consideration of collated, randomised controlled trials. Unfortunately these trials have flaws that are made worse, not better, by collation. EBM can be a guide to treatment, but is far from secure enough on which to base any legal actions.

Event Medical error, the Law and alternative approaches.
Date 20 April 2006
Speaker Mr Peter Walsh
Chief Executive, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA).
The talk included an explanation of the work of the charity AvMA, which promotes patient safety and justice for people affected by medical accidents. There was an update on how the legal system deals with clinical negligence and plans for reform in the way the NHS handles clinical negligence.

Event The Medico-Legal Society’s Annual Dinner 2006
Date 08 May 2006 – Reception 7.30 p.m. Dinner 8.0 p.m.
Location: Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD
Speaker Toast to Medicine – The Rt Hon Sir Robin Jacob PC (Lord Justice of Appeal and a Founding Governor of the Expert Witness Institute).
Toast to The Law – Dr Richard Shepherd (Home Office Forensic Pathologist).
This was a most enjoyable evening – good food, good wine and good company in a beautiful venue. Bring your friends next year.

Event Botany, Ecology and Polynology – their application to criminal investigation.
Date 11 May 2006
Speaker Professor E J Wiltshire
Forensic Ecologist/Polynologist, University of Aberdeen.
Forensic Ecology (Environmental profiling) is a relatively new discipline and encompasses most areas of the histological and environmental sciences. In recent years, ecology and polynology (analysis of pollens and spores) have helped investigating authorities to find clandestine graves, estimate the time a victim has lain at the deposition site, and to link suspects to crime scenes. This talk gave some idea of how this is achieved and how samples obtained from cadavers can offer critical ecological evidence.

Event Who goes there? Government, judiciary and the medical profession – friend or foe?
Date 08 June 2006 8.15 p.m.
Speaker Dr Michael Gross
Consultant Neurologist
Successive governments have needed to blame doctors for the ills of the NHS in order to protect their own short-term vulnerability from the electorate. Medicine has become increasingly fragmented in its response rather than adopting a more robust approach. Although the judiciary would regard itself as being separate from the executive, it seems at times to work in concert to the detriment of doctors, particularly those on the front line. This talk focussed on high profile cases and situations. It asked whether the doctors of the future will be blue collar workers with little or no autonomy.

Event Annual General Meeting
Date 08 June 2006 8 p.m.
Location: RSM
Mr Bertie Leigh was confirmed as President for 2006/2008.
Dr Jill Crombie, Honorary Legal Secretary, announced her retirement from that office. She will be succeeded by Dr Tania Francis and retains her membership of Council.

Event President’s Address
The Doctor and Society – a Dysfunctional Relationship?
Date 12 October 2006 7.00 pm
Speaker Mr Bertie Leigh
A description of the way in which society and the state relate to the healing professions since we decided medicine was too important to be left to the doctors.  Asking whether successful doctor-patient episodes represent the triumph of individuals over an irrational system.

Event Nurse Prescribing in Practice
Date 09 November 2006 7.00 pm
Speaker Mr Matt Griffith
Joint National Prescribing and Medicines Management Advisor
Royal College of Nursing, UK
An update on forms of prescribing focusing on history, development and training. With new extended responsibilities in prescribing, the session aimed to explain the differences in methods of prescribing available to the nursing profession.

Event Paediatricians and Child Protection
Date 14 December 2006 7.00 pm
Speaker Professor Sir Alan Craft
This talk reviewed recent high profile cases relating to child protection and how the Royal College of Paediatrics has reacted to them. Many questions were answered.

Event Genetic Engineering: Utopian Dream or Eugenic Nightmare?
Date 11 January 2007 7.00 pm
Speaker Professor David S Latchman,
Master, Birkbeck University of London
and Professor of Genetics, Birkbeck and University College,   London
There has been much controversy over the potential use of genes in medicine.  This talk  considered gene therapy, its relationship to other treatments, its potential value and its ethical problems.

Event Modernising Training.
Date 08 February 2007 7.00 pm
Speaker Mr James Johnson, Chairman of Council, British Medical Association
This talk dealt with the cumulative effect of the drive for shorter working hours, the consequences of the European Working Time Directive and ‘Modernising Medical Careers’ on the lives and careers of young doctors. A timely warning.

Event Have We Won?
Date 08 March 2007 7.00 pm
Speaker Mr Steve Walker,
Chief Executive
National Health Serice Litigation Authority
Clinical Negligence is now stable and probably falling. In 1997 Lord Woolf, and in 2001 The National Audit Office thought it was out of control.  The Chief Executive of the NHSLA explained what has really changed over the last 10 years and what he expects over the next 5 years.

Event Debate
Date 12 April 2007 7.30 but see below
Speaker “This House thinks that the decision in Chester v Afshar is a fine creative piece of lawmaking which will enhance the rigour of the common law and reinforce the relationship between doctor and society.”
Proposed by Adrian Whitfield QC
Opposed by Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Professor of Healthcare Law, University of Southampton. It was  preceeded at 6.0 pm by a symposium on “Doctor and patient: Does the law strike the right balance?” by the RSM Section of Surgery introduced by Clive Anderson, to which members of the Medico-Legal Society were invited. A highly successful combined event.

Event Whither Forensic and Legal Medicine?
Date 10 May 2007 7.00 pm
Speaker Dr Guy A Norfolk
President of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine,
Royal College of Physicians
There are many challenges facing those who practise forensic and legal medicine.  Changes in mode of service delivery and increased scrutiny of the quality of expert evidence adduced in the courts are particularly notable in this respect.  These challenges were discussed with emphasis on how they might be addressed by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

Event Show Me The Money: The New Death Investigation System
Date 14 June 2007 7.15 pm
Speaker Professor Paul Matthews, City of London Coroner,
Solicitor Advocate and Visiting Professor at King’s College, London
A discussion of recent changes to the coronial service.

Event Annual General Meeting
Date 14 June 2007 7.00 pm

Event “Trust me – I’m a doctor.”
Date 11 October 2007 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Mayur Lakhani, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Modern medical practice is often described as being defensive. Professor Lakhani explored the modern relationship between patients and doctors in the aftermath of the Shipman saga and other changes in medicine.

Event “What is ‘Quality’ in Heathcare?”
Date 08 November 2007 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Alan Maynard, Professor of Health Economics, Director of the York Health Policy Group at the University of York and Chair of York Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Maynard talked about how “quality” is defined and measured in health care, and whether the focus on input and processes is adequate to ensure consumer protection and value for money. Was Florence Nightingale sensible in advocating performance measures for healthcare in terms of whether patients were dead, relieved or unrelieved?

Event “The Coronial Autopsy and Reform: Did NCEPOD go too far?”
Date 13 December 2007 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Sebastian Lucas, Professor of Histopathology at King’s College London School of Medicine.
Professor Lucas talked about the first ever national survey of coronial autopsies in England and Wales. It stirred up much comment, for and against, but would it influence reform and new legislation?

Event “Disaster Management”
Date 10 January 2008 7 p.m.
Speaker DC Nicholas Hills, Counter-Terrorism Command Unit.
DC Hills talked about bomb scene management and lessons learnt from 7/7 and other disasters.

Event “The Trouble with Medical Journals.”
Date 14 February 2008 7 p.m.
Speaker Dr Richard Smith, Chief Executive of United Health Europe and former editor of the British Medical Journal.
Medical journals are full of unreliable science. Peer review is a faith-based, not evidence-based, process. Journals are corrupted by drug companies and are standing in the way of the dissemination of science and scientific fraud is rampant. As an ex-editor, Richard Smith took the lid off medical journals.

Event “Medical Ethics in the Real Mess of the Real World.”
Date 13 March 2008 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Raymond Tallis FRCP FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Manchester.
Professor Tallis’ talk was based on a single, seemingly very ordinary case of a patient with a severe stroke, and argued that entirely defensible ethical decisions are impossible. While the principles of biomedical ethics and the law provide a framework for ethical decision-making in medicine, they are insufficient to guide one to an entriely satisfactory decision. He argued the need for a “conversational,” informal system of ethics to supplement general principles and legal guidance.

Event “Withdrawal of intensive care from the newborn baby; ethics and practice.”
Date 10 April 2008 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Kate Costeloe, Professor of Paediatrics and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist, Queeen Mary University of London & Homerton University Hospital, Principal Investigator of the EPICure studies – population-based studies of extreme prematurity.
Professor Costeloe drew upon her clinical and research experience to summarise dilemmas in current UK practice around withdrawal of intensive care from the newborn.

Event “Public Health meets Law. Are there sufficient legal safeguards to ensure access for all to public health?”
Date 08 May 2008 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor of International Health Policy and Assistant Principal of the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Pollock talked about the changes in the NHS which place NHS budgets, services, staff and patients in the hands of large multinational corporations through commercial contracts, and the implications for public health and the population’s access to planned health care. She suggested that a new legal pact is needed between state and people.

Event Annual Dinner 2008
Date 19 May 2008 7.15 p.m. for 7.45
Location: Reception in the crypt, dinner in the old hall, Lincoln’s Inn.
Speaker Professor Sir Bruce Keogh proposed the toast to The Law; The Honourable Sir Ian Kennedy proposed the toast to Medicine. Another successful event in a most impressive venue. Next year the Annual Dinner will be held on 18th May on HQS Wellington, moored on the Embankment.

Event “Rape Investigation – A Policing Perspective.”
Date 12 June 2008 7.15 p.m.
Location: Chandos House
Speaker Assistant Commissioner John Yates, Metropolitan Police.
Mr Yates is the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead for rape and serious sexual assaults involving adults. He discussed the history of rape investigation in the police servce, the challenges such investigations pose, and why convictions are so hard to achieve. He reported recent changes, particularly in terms of victim care, the evolving role of forensic science, and the role that the media play in these investigations.

Event Annual General Meeting
Date 12 June 2008 7 p.m.
Location: Chandos House

Event Presidential Address – “Serious Sexual Offences – A Physician’s Perspective”
Date 02 October 2008 7 p.m.
Location: The Medical Society of London – Chandos Street
Speaker Dr Robin Moffat FFFLM, Senior Forensic Medical Examiner, Metropolitan Police Service and Consultant Forensic Physician.
Dr Moffat discussed the 2004 rape legislation and the difficulties faced by forensic physicians when examining suspects and their victims. He explored three cases of rape including a homicide. He was confident that properly instructed juries reach just verdicts on the evidence.

Event “Fitness to govern.”
Date 13 November 2008 7 p.m.
Speaker The Rt. Hon. Lord David Owen, House of Lords cross-bencher, former Foreign Secretary and Leader of the Social Democratic Party.
Lord Owen will consider how illness, both physical and mental, has affected the decision-making of Heads of Government, and, in particular, those leaders who are not ill in the conventional sense, but who have developed a “hubristic syndrome” that has affected their performance and their actions.

Event “Serious violent offending and medico-legal responses.”
Date 11 December 2008 7 p.m.
Speaker Dr Andrew Johns, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Event “Insulin murders”
Date 08 January 2009 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Vincent Marks, Physician and Author.
Professor Marks will discuss the forensic aspects of insulin, with special reference to its causative role in dangerous driving and insulin murders.

Event “Deaths abroad.”
Date 12 February 2009 7 p.m.
Speaker The Honourable Mr Justice Burnett
Subjects to be covered include the law as regards inquests in England and Wales concerning deaths abroad, contrasted with the law in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Practical difficulties encountered and options available in such cases will also be discussed.

Event “Medico-legal issues: A view from the largest acute Trust in England.”
Date 12 March 2009 7 p.m.
Speaker Professor Stephen Smith, Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Principal of Medicine, Imperial College London.
In an increasingly litigious environment, how should NHS Trusts respond? Professor Smith will discuss the issues from a real world perspective.

Event “Lethal witness.”
Date 02 April 2009 7 p.m.
Speaker Mr Andrew Rose, Barrister and Author.
Mr Rose will talk about the life and professional career of Sir Bernard Spilsbury; was he our greatest medico-legal expert?

Event Annual Dinner 2009
Date 18 May 2009 Reception 7.15 p.m. Dinner 7.45 p.m.
Location: HQS Wellington, Victoria Embankment
Speaker Sir Bernard Ribeiro, Immediate Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons, will propose the toast to The Law. James Badenoch QC, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Expert Witness Institute, will propose the toast to Medicine.
A welcome return to this most popular and successful venue.

Event “Back to the future: A head injury waiting to happen.”
Date 21 May 2009 6.30 p.m.
Location: Chandos House, Chandos St W1
A Joint Conference with the RSM’s Sections of Clinical Neurosciences and Psychiatry

Event “The causes of miscarriages of justice.”
Date 11 June 2009 7 p.m.
Location: RSM
Speaker Professor Graham Zellick, Past Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple and Honorary Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
Questions he will explore: What are wrongful convictions? How do they come about? Can improvements be made to reduce their incidence, with particular reference to medical, forensic and other expert evidence?

Event Minty Lecture – “Science, idealogy and safety regulation.”
Date 08 October 2009 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Professor Sir Colin Berry. Sir Colin is a retired histopathologist and former member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines and the Medical Research Council of Great Britain.
He will speak about the impact of ideology on the evaluation of data obtained from scientific investigations, ethical truths and regulatory toxicology.

Event “Head injury – cognitive and neurological sequelae.”
Date 26 November 2009 6 p.m.
Location: RSM
Speaker Professor David Menon, Head of Division of Anaesthetics, University of Cambridge; Dr Simon Fleminger, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Consultant neuropsychiatrist, Maudsley Hospital, London; Dr Alan Moss, Consultant neuropsychiatrist, Sutton Coldfield.
This a Joint Conference with the Sections of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Event “When things go wrong – Understanding and Learning.”
Date 10 December 2009 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, Senior Advisor, Health Advisory Service, Beachcroft.
Sir Ian will talk about the “Human Factors” approach to error, which seeks to understand rather than blame, and is well accepted in industries such as aviation, but barely yet recognised in healthcare, and involves challenging many of the cultural assumptions of clinical practice.

Event “Can you tell me the way to….? – a critical look at the police service.”
Date 14 January 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Lord Geoffrey Dear QPM, retired Chief Constable and HM Inspector of Constabulary; Cross-bencher in the House of Lords and Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn.
Lord Dear will look at the current model of police recruiting, organisation and deployment, and consider whether it is adequate to meet the demands of the next twenty years.

Event “Deaths following police contact.”
Date 11 February 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Nick Hardwick, Chair, Independent Police Complaints Commission.
About 100 people die each year following police contact. The IPCC is responsible for investigating all of these deaths. Many are people who are vulnerable because of their mental or physical health or alcohol and drug abuse. This lecture will examine the issues arising from these deaths and assess what can be done to prevent them.

Event “Whistle-blowing in the Metropolitan Police Servce – A Cautionary Tale.”
Date 11 March 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Dr Michael Wilks, Senior Forensic Medical Examiner, Metropolitan Police, Chairman, Society of Forensic Physicians, Deputy Chairman, Forensic Medicine Committee of the British Medical Association.
In 2007 the Metropolitan Police Service started a process to restructure its custody healthcare and clinical forensic services. Experienced forensic physicians, concerned at the potential impact on both patient safety and the integrity of forensic evidence, lobbied hard for the reforms to be evidence based without success. When the new service started in January 2009, there was a sharp deterioration in the quality of delivery and in patient safety. Using this episode as an example, Dr Wilks will address the medico-legal, regulatory and ethical dilemmas facing whistle-blowers.

Event “Protecting children in the modern converged environment.”
Date 08 April 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Jim Gamble QPM, Chief Executive, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Mr Gamble will talk about enhancing the delivery of child-protection in the post-Laming environment, with a particular focus on the convergence of technology and law.

Event Annual Dinner 2010
Date 10 May 2010 7.15 Reception; 7.45 Dinner
Location: Royal College of Physicians, St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1
Speaker Lord Carlile of Berriew QC will propose the toast to “Medicine” and Professor Ian Gilmore MD PRCP, President of the Royal College of Physicians, will propose the toast to “The Law.”
This event is now sold out.

Event “Revisiting the Ripper.”
Date 13 May 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Dr Peter Dean, HM Coroner, Suffolk and South-east Essex, forensic medical examiner, Metropolitan Police Service.
Dr Dean will take a fresh look at the Whitechapel murders and their social and historical context; also some of the possible suspects, and, in view of more recent incidents, consider whether despite advances in forensic science, has anything been learned from them.

Event Annual General Meeting
Date 10 June 2010 7.0 p.m.
Location: Royal Society of Medicine
Speaker The AGM will precede Mr Peter Blake’s talk.

Event “Medical mishap – no fault compensation as an alternative to civil litigation – a review of 30 years experience with the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation system.”
Date 10 June 2010 7.15 p.m.
Speaker Peter Blake, Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist/ Head and Neck surgeon, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Wellington, New Zealand; external clinical advisor to the Accident Compensation Corporation.
He will describe his experience of no fault compensation for medical mishap in New Zealand, and compare this with the alternative civil litigation. The mechanism of the process, its advantages and disadvantages and costs will be discussed.

Event Presidential Address “Asylum, Human Rights and Medicine.”
Date 14 October 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Miss Elizabeth Pygott

Event “Risk, its assessment and forensic psychiatry.”
Date 11 November 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Dr Richard Noon & Marian Trendell
Dr Noon is Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Forensic Services for Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust: Marian Trendell is Head of Social Care for Specialist Services within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Event “Pharmagraft – Corruption in a multi-billion dollar industry.”
Date 09 December 2010 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Mr Monty Raphael
Mr Raphael is a solicitor, Special Counsel, Peters and Peters, and Visiting Professor at Kingston University. He is the author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Bribery Act.

Event “Prison Psychiatry.”
Date 13 January 2011 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Dr Simon Wilson
Dr Wilson is Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Hon. Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist to the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre in London.

Event “Some curare murders?”
Date 10 February 2011 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Dr Ann Ferguson FRCA DHMSA
Dr Ferguson is a retired Consultant Anaesthetist, now studying medical history. She is a judge for the Crimewriters’ Association Golden Dagger Award.

Event “Fighting medical cases, judging them, crime in the Court of Appeal and the future of the Parole Board.”
Date 10 March 2011 7 p.m.
Speaker The Rt Hon Sir David Latham
Sir David is Chairman of the Parole Board and is a retired Lord Justice of Appeal.

Event “Sex, lies and videotapes.”
Date 14 April 2011 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Dr Catherine White
Dr White is Clinical Director of St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester and Vice President of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London. She will deal with rape and sexual violence and the medico-legal response to them.

Event Annual Dinner 2011
Date 09 May 2011 Reception 7.15 Dinner 7.45 Carriages 11 p.m.
Location: The Law Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL.
Speaker The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Sedley will propose the toast to “Medicine” and Emeritus Professor James Drife will propose the toast to “The Law.” Unmissable !

Event “Delivering an information revolution: The opportunities and challenges of using personal data to improve public services outcomes.”
Date 12 May 2011 7.0
Location: Wimpole Room, RSM
Speaker Mr Tim Kelsey
Tim Kelsey is Senior Expert at McKinsey & Co. He leads development of information strategies in health and public services. He founded Dr Foster in the UK – the first organisation to design and publish comparative performance measures for a national healthcare economy. Dr Foster has also worked on developing comparative benchmarks in the USA. In his talk, Mr Kelsey will discuss new ways in which transparency of population and personal data can create real intelligence for commissioners and providers in public services, from assessment of need to measuring outcomes.

Event “Methamphetamine….A growing trend?”
Date 09 June 2011 To follow the AGM
Speaker Sergeant David Jones
Sergeant Jones is an Instructor at the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiation & Nuclear) and Illicit Drugs Laboratory, Metropolitan Police. He will deal with methamphetamine and the threat it poses to users and emergency responders.

Event The Minty Lecture – Doctors, Patients and the Human Right Act?
Date 13 October 2011 7.0 p.m.
Location: The Medical Society of London
Speaker The Rt Hon Lord Justice Stanley Burnton

Event Women Offenders – Managing Risk
Date 10 November 2011 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Barbara Teen and Caroline Stewart
Barbara Teen is Head of NOMS Women’s Team and Caroline Stewart is Lead for Research and specialist interventions for women within the NOMS Women’s Team

Event Dealing with rape in a new poitical landscape
Date 08 December 2011 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Baroness Vivien Stern
Baroness Stern’s review of how rape complaints are handled by public authorities in England and Wales was published in 2010.

Event Standing up for Science – Perils and progress in making sense of evidence in public debate.
Date 12 January 2012 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Tracey Brown
Tracey Brown is Director of Sense About Science.

Event Coroners and Medical Examiners: Mutualism, Commensalism or Parasitism?
Date 09 February 2012 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Professor Peter Furness
Professor Furness is a diagnostic histpathologist with a special interest in renal disease. He served as Vice President followed by President of the Royal College of Pathologists between 2005 and 2011

Event Poisoning: Fact or fiction?
Date 08 March 2012 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Professor Robert Flanagan
Professor Flanagan is Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Toxicology Unit, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Event Memory disorders in the Law Courts
Date 19 April 2012 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Professor Michael Kopelman
Professor Kopelman is Professor of Neuropsychiatry at King’s College; London. He runs a Neuropsychiatry and Memory Disorders Clinic at St Thomas’s Hospital, London.

Event Reforming the NHS in England: Opportunities and challeges
Date 10 May 2012 7.0 p.m.
Speaker Professor Chris Ham
Professor Ham is Chief Executive of the King’s Fund.

Event Annual Dinner 2012
Date 21 May 2012 Reception 7.15 p.m. Dinner 7.45 p.m.
Location: The Old Hall, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Newman’s Row, London WC2A 3TL
Speaker The Honourable Mr Justice Owen will propose the toast to Medicine; Emeritus Professor Jim Drife will propose the toast to The Law.

Event AGM, folloowed by Liability of the Police for the medical protection of persons in custody
Date 14 June 2012 7.00 p.m.
Speaker Angus Moon QC, a well respected prosecutor and defender in healthcare tribunals.

Event Presidential Address: Expert Witness Reflections
Date 18 October 2012 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Dr Martin Mansell President Elect, Medico Legal Society and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at The Royal Free Hospital, London

Event Lessons from Stafford
Date 08 November 2012 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Mr Robert Francis QC Leading medical law practitioner and Chair of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry into the oversight and regulation of that Trust’s activities

Event Aviation Medicine and Aircraft Accident Investigations
Date 13 December 2012 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Wing Commander Matt Lewis Head of the Accident Investigation and Human Factors Section at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, Royal Air Force Henlow

Event The Loss of Expert Witness Immunity: An Update
Date 10 January 2013 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Dr Chris Pamplin Editor of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses since its foundation in 1988

Event Sudden Cardiac Death
Date 14 February 2013 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Dr Mary Shepherd Consultant Histopathologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Reader in Cardiovascular Pathology at Imperial College London.

Event The Future for Medico-Legal Disputes – a Patient Perspective
Date 14 March 2013 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Mr Peter Walsh Chief Executive of Action against Medical Accidents (‘AvMA’)

Event Cancer: Where Were We, Where Are We, Where Are We Going
Date 11 April 2013 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Professor Justin Stebbing Professor of Cancer Medicine at Imperial College and Consultant Oncologist

Event Assisted Suicide Guidelines – 3 Years On
Date 09 May 2013 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Mr Keir Starmer QC Director of Public Prosecutions

Event The Annual General Meeting, followed by Race, Racism and Psychiatry: When Science and Politics Collide
Date 13 June 2013 7 pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Professor Swaran P Singh Head of Division, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School

Event Memory in civil and criminal settings
Date 15 June 2013 Day event
Speaker  A joint meeting of the Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section RSM, with The Medico-legal Society and The Expert Witness Institute.

Event Annual Dinner
Date 17 June 2013 Reception 7.15 Dinner 8.0 p.m.
Speaker Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, will propose the toast to “Medicine” ;   Sir Mark Walport FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, will propose the toast to “The Law.”

Event Minty Lecture, Coroner reform: 25 years in the making
Date 17 October 2013 7pm
Speaker His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC Chief Coroner of England and Wales

Event The effects of child maltreatment on the developing brain
Date 21 November 2013 7pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Dr Danya Glaser
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Event Why Somali pirates are merely ‘sleeping’, not vanquished
Date 12 December 2013 7pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Captain Gerry Northwood, OBE
Chief Operating Officer at Gulf of Aiden Group Transits,
formerly Anti-Piracy Specialist, Royal Navy

Event Psychopathy
Date 09 January 2014 7pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Dr Christopher Clark
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Rampton Hospital

Event Recent developments in litigation involving sentences of death
Date 13 February 2014 7pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Mr Justice Dingemans

Event Research Governance and Big Pharma
Date 13 March 2014 7pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Professor Sir Richard Thompson President of the Royal College of Physicians

Event Headley Court: the injured serviceman and a model of care
Date 10 April 2014 7pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Colonel Mistlin Medical
Director at Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre

Event Withdrawal and withholding of medical treatment for patients lacking capacity …
Date 08 May 2014 7pm
Speaker …who are in a critical condition
Reflections on the judgment of the Supreme Court in Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James
Ian Wise QC
Doughty Street Chambers

Event Towards the regulation of cosmetic practice
Date 12 June 2014 7pm
Location: Medical Society of London
Speaker Chris Khoo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Event Annual Dinner
Date 23 June 2014
Location: Gray’s Inn
Speaker Please download the booking form for the annual dinner

Event The EWI Annual Conference and Celebratory Dinner 2014
Date 25 September 2014 10:00am to 21:00pm
Location: The Church House Conference Centre
Speaker The Expert Witness Institute
Expert Witnesses – Fit for purpose?
This event is open to everyone with an interest in expert witness work….not just for the membership!The conference is an interactive and informative day which provides practical advice and guidance as well as top tips on how to increase your earning potential as an expert.SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME HERE: SPEAKERS INCLUDE: –The Hon. Mr Justice Ramsey
The Hon. Mr Justice Coulson 
(Presiding Judge of the North Eastern Circuit)
Lord Daniel Brennan QC
Professor Adrian Zuckerman (University of Oxford)
Michael Napier CBE QC
John Mead 
David Marshall (The Law Society)
Dr Thomas Walford
The Rt. Hon. Sir Anthony Hooper
Tim Wallis 
Alan Anderson (US Attorney)
Carol Ludington (CPA, CFF, CLP, ACIArb)
Philip Mead (The Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers – PEOPIL)Topics to include:

  • Access to justice
  • Cuts to legal aid
  • New ‘expert guidance’
  • International expert evidence
  • Expert Meetings
  • Mediation
  • Improving your T&Cs
  • Single Joint Expert Guidance Session
  • Understand your obligations and increase your earning potential
  • Best practice advice

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Annual Conference: £225 (member), £255 (non-member), £80 (student), MLS experts £230
Annual Conference and Dinner: £285 (member), £315 (non-member), MLS experts £295
Half Day (am/pm including lunch): £125 (member), £145 (non-member), £60 (student)MLS experts £135

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Event Paediatric Cardiology Surgery Debate: Mr Leslie Hamilton Vs. Mr Babulal Sethia
Date 02 October 2014 7 pm
Speaker “Do the advantages of performing 500 operations annually justify the disruption associated with the potential closure of 3 centres in England?”

Mr Leslie Hamilton, Consultant Caridac Surgeon

Consultant heart surgeon and vice-chairman of the Safe and Sustainable steering group.  He trained in N. Ireland, Leeds and Great Ormond Street Hospital London.

His career has incorporated teaching: medical students, junior doctors at the Royal College of Surgeons.  He was the Royal College of Surgeons Director for Professional Affairs (Northeast), North of England Medico-legal Society vice-President elect, Assistant Deputy Coroner (Durham and Darlington), on the National Donation Ethics Committee, Chair of Intercollegiate Examination Board in C/T Surgery (2004-2007), President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in GB+I (2008-2010) and Council for European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (2009-2012).


Mr Babulal Sethia, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

A Consultant Congenital Heart Surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital.  After qualifying from St Thomas’ Hospital in 1975, he trained in Cardiology and General Surgery before training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Glasgow and London.  He became a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Birmingham in 1986 and then returned to London in 1999.  In July 2014 he was inaugurated as President of the Royal Society of Medicine, taking over from Professor Sir Michael Rawlins.
Mr Sethia has published widely on aspects of Congenital Heart Disease in children and adults.  For the past 15 years he has been active in helping to develop cardiac services on an humanitarian basis in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.  He is also Past-Treasurer of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland.

Event Expert witness skills – how to avoid the pitfalls
Date 09 October 2014
Location: BPP Law School, 70 Red Lion Street, LONDON,WC1R 4NY
Two day event from: Thursday 9 October 2014 to Friday 10 October 2014

Overview: An expert witness is a key element of many criminal and civil trials and assists the court in understanding issues which lie outside the knowledge or experience of the court. Becoming an expert witness should never be embarked upon without some form of prior preparation. Delivered by former healthcare professional who have retrained as a legal professional, this course will allow delegates to gain a clearer understanding of the role of expert witnesses, the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions pertaining to expert witnesses; issues of liability in the context of case-law imposing liability on expert witnesses; and the selection and role of a single joint expert. The second day will concentrate on court room procedure, how to prepare for court and common pitfalls when giving evidence in scenarios designed to prepare expert witnesses for the realities of court-room cross-examination.


Event Presidential Address
Date 06 November 2014 7 pm
Speaker Linda Lee

Linda is an experienced litigation solicitor specialising in solicitors’ disciplinary and regulatory work.  She is also experienced in healthcare litigation, coronial law and professional negligence.  She has substantial litigation experience, particularly in professional regulatory and disciplinary matters, clinical claims and disputes, professional negligence, Health & Safety, contract and commercial disputes and intellectual property litigation.  She is highly skilled and experienced in representing her clients in courts, tribunals and coroner’s courts.

Linda is a past President of the Law Society of England and Wales (2010-2011) and is a Law Society Council Member.  She has held various key roles at the Law Society including, Chair of the Representation and Legal Affairs and Policy Boards, and is currently a member of the Regulatory Affairs Board, the Regulatory Processes Committee and the Access to Justice Committee.  She is a Chair of the Code Compliance Panel of PhonePay Plus, the regulator of phone-paid services in the UK.

She is the new President of the Medico Legal Society of London and a senior solicitor member of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.

Linda has appeared on international and UK television and radio discussing topical legal issues.  She has written and presented College of Law Training Videos and lectures regularly for MBL seminars and other legal education providers.  She is a frequent contributor to many legal publications and has been interviewed and quoted extensively in the print media.

Linda Lee worked as a specialist clinical negligence solicitor at the law firm Shoosmiths in Northampton, until she joined Action against Medical Accidents charity as the Lawyers’ Service Manager in July 2006.  Since 2012, she has held a consultancy at Radcliffes LeBrasseur in the Commercial Litigation department.

Event Legal Aspects of Surgical Practice
Date 10 November 2014
Location: The Royal College of Surgeons, London
Speaker Professor Paul Marks
There has always been an association between the medical and legal professions. Changes in regulation of the medical profession, the increased trend to litigation, alterations to the coroners’ service and the closure of university departments of medical jurisprudence have all contributed to a feeling of unease in dealing with medicolegal matters. In order to meet the growing demand for surgically-focused training in how to respond to many medicolegal issues the course director, Professor Paul Marks, has designed a course to provide you with the required skills and knowledge.

Link to more information/registration:
Contact name, number and email: RCS Education [email protected] or 020 7869 6300


Event The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service: modernising fitness to practise adjudication.
Date 11 December 2014 7 pm
Speaker His Honour Judge David Pearl

Judge Pearl was called to the Bar in 1968 and became a circuit judge in 1994.  He began his career in academia as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge.  He subsequently became Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law at the University of East Anglia.

Since then he has held a range of senior judicial appointments.  He was President of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal from 1997 to 1999 and spent eight years as President of the Care Standards Tribunal.  Judge Pearl sat as a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission and Director of Studies at the Judicial Studies Board.

His Honour Judge Pearl became Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in June 2012.  He is now responsible for managing all fitness to practise hearings for doctors registered in the UK.

Event Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios – their use and misuse
Date 08 January 2015 7 pm
Speaker Professor Sir Brian Jarman

Professor Jarman was the Head of the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
and Head of the Division of Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care, Imperial College
School of Medicine until October 1998.  He remains at Imperial College School of Medicine as an Emeritus professor, where he heads the Dr Foster Intelligence Unit.

Professor Jarman started his career reading Natural Sciences at Cambridge, followed by a PhD in Geophysics at Imperial College.  After changing to medicine, he has worked on the development of socio-economic indicators of health status, on the provision of beds in London and on hospital standardised mortality ratios (HSMRs).  He has advised a number of countries (including Brazil, Gibraltar, Greece, Costa Rica and Cyprus) on the development of their primary care services.

He was a Member of the London Strategic Review Panel, set up to advise the Department of Health on the development of hospitals, medial education and research needs of London and (from 1999-2001) was a panel member of the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry.  From November 2001 he worked with Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, MA, USA and now works there on a part-time basis.  He was President of the British Medical Association from 2003-2004.

Event Expert witness skills – how to avoid the pitfalls
Date 29 January 2015
Location: BPP Law School, 70 Red Lion Street, LONDON,WC1R 4NY
Two day course from: Thursday 29 January 2015 to Friday 30 January 2015

Overview: An expert witness is a key element of many criminal and civil trials and assists the court in understanding issues which lie outside the knowledge or experience of the court. Becoming an expert witness should never be embarked upon without some form of prior preparation. Delivered by former healthcare professional who have retrained as a legal professional, this course will allow delegates to gain a clearer understanding of the role of expert witnesses, the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions pertaining to expert witnesses; issues of liability in the context of case-law imposing liability on expert witnesses; and the selection and role of a single joint expert. The second day will concentrate on court room procedure, how to prepare for court and common pitfalls when giving evidence in scenarios designed to prepare expert witnesses for the realities of court-room cross-examination.


Event Duty to care and universal access to health:
Date 12 February 2015 7 pm
Speaker In defence of a duty to care and provide universal access to health in the face of limited resources.

Professor Allyson Pollock

Professor Pollock is professor of Public Health Research and Policy at Queen Mary University of London and was previously director of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh.  Prior to that she was head of the Public Health Policy Unit at University College London and director of Research and Development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health medicine in 1991. Her research interests include globalisation; privatisation, marketisation and PFI / PPPs; health services; regulation and trade; pharmaceuticals and clinical trials; and childhood injuries.

She and her colleagues undertake research and teaching intended to assist realisation of principles of social justice and public health with the aim of promoting universal access to health.

Event Expert witness skills – how to avoid the pitfalls
Date 12 March 2015
Location: BPP Law School, 70 Red Lion Street, LONDON,WC1R 4NY
Two day course from: Thursday 12 March 2015 to Friday 13 March 2015

Overview: An expert witness is a key element of many criminal and civil trials and assists the court in understanding issues which lie outside the knowledge or experience of the court. Becoming an expert witness should never be embarked upon without some form of prior preparation. Delivered by former healthcare professional who have retrained as a legal professional, this course will allow delegates to gain a clearer understanding of the role of expert witnesses, the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions pertaining to expert witnesses; issues of liability in the context of case-law imposing liability on expert witnesses; and the selection and role of a single joint expert. The second day will concentrate on court room procedure, how to prepare for court and common pitfalls when giving evidence in scenarios designed to prepare expert witnesses for the realities of court-room cross-examination.


Event The exotic food trade: health or hazard?
Date 12 March 2015 7 pm
Speaker Dr Barbara Bannister

Dr Bannister formerly held the position of Senior Consultant in Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Royal Free Hospital, London and the Clinical Director of the High-Security Infectious Diseases Service, providing and managing one of two national units for the care of patients with dangerous infections.  From 2000, she provided consultancy to the RAF for the repatriation of individuals with hazardous infections.  She is a member of the Commission for Human Medicines (CHM) and is chairman of the CHM Expert Advisory Groups on Anti-infectives and on Antibiotic Resistance.  She is also Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention, which provides up-to-date national guidelines for UK travelers.

Her special interests include the management of cases and control of outbreaks of severe infections.  She is active in a number of ongoing European Commission projects to agree standards of care and safety for severe and hazardous infections, and provide Europe-wide training for responding to infectious disease emergencies.

Event Investigating death in custody
Date 09 April 2015 7 pm
Speaker Professor Bob Peckitt
Professor Bob Peckitt is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and forensic physician, with over 30 years experience in complex patient care in both the NHS and the medico-legal arena.  He sits on the first tier Mental Health Tribunal for England and Wales and has worked extensively at all levels of forensic hospital security, in prisons, approved premises and other settings.He is currently Medical Director at East Anglian Forensic Services and is an NPIA accredited expert in his field.  He appears for both the Crown and Defence in a variety of complex and contentious matters, where mental disorder, risk and offending behaviour are being considered.  He is expert in the areas of homicide, diminished responsibility and manslaughter, personality disorder and related offending.He was appointed Visiting Professor of Forensic Psychiatry to the University of Lincoln in the mid 2000’s whilst working at Rampton High Secure Hospital.Bob has lectured and taught extensively in respect of risk, personality disorder and crime.

Event Why are most maternal deaths in the UK still due to substandard care?
Date 14 May 2015 7 pm
Speaker Dr David Williams

Dr Williams qualified from the Royal London Medical College and trained in renal and internal medicine before moving to the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London.  Here he obtained his PhD on the control of vascular tone in pregnant women under the supervision of Geoffrey Burnstock.  He took up a senior lecturer position in Obstetric Medicine at Imperial College, before returning to University College London Hospital and the Institute for Women’s Health as an obstetric physician, specialising in medical disorders in pregnancy.

He is chairman of a NICE Topic Expert Group and of a review group for commissioning and quality outcomes framework for Hypertension in Pregnancy.  Dr Williams is a member of the Independent Advisory Group for maternal, newborn and infant programme, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) that reports on maternal deaths in the UK.

Event Legal Highs: time for a drug revolution!!
Date 11 June 2015 7 pm
Speaker Who controls drugs, whether you take drugs, what drugs you take and the legal consequences of doing so?  Fact or fiction: an analysis of the influence on this of the public, government, drug companies and clinicians.

Professor David Nutt

Professor Nutt is currently the Edmond J. Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Imperial College London.  He was chair of the advisory committee on the misuse of drugs and the clinical scientific lead on the 2004/5 UK Government Foresight initiative “Brain science, addiction and drugs” that provided a 25-year vision for this area of science and public policy.  In 2006 he was Director of Bristol Neuroscience.

He broadcasts widely to the general public both on radio and television including BBC science and public affairs programmes on therapeutic as well as illicit drugs, their harms and their classification.  He lecturers widely to the public as well as to the scientific and medical communities; for instance, he has presented three times at the Cheltenham Science Festival and several times for Café Scientifiques.  In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine included him in the 100 most important figures in British Science – the only psychiatrist.

Event Annual Society Dinner 2015
Date 15 June 2015
Location: Barber-Surgeon’s Hall

Event Disclosure and Patient Consent: a dramatic change in the law
Date 08 October 2015 7.00 pm
Speaker Mr James Badenoch QC

Deputy High Court Judge and Chairman Emeritus of the Expert Witness Institute

The Supreme Court decision in Montgomery

Event DNA Evidence – Have we progressed in the last 10 years?
Date 12 November 2015 7.00 pm
Speaker Tracy Alexander

Director of Forensic Science Service, City of London Police

Event The GMC as a Patient Safety Organisation
Date 10 December 2015 7.00 pm
Speaker Professor Terence Stephenson

Chair of the GMC & Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Health, UCL

Event Psychological Resilience
Date 14 January 2016 7.00 pm
Speaker Richard Reid

Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist


Event Evolution of the Law Society
Date 11 February 2016 7.00 pm
Speaker Catherine Dixon

Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society

Event The Work of the Family Division
Date 10 March 2016 7.00 pm
Location: Medical Society of London 11 Chandos St London W1G 9EB
Speaker The Rt. Hon Sir James Munby

President of the Family Division

Event Errors, Pitfalls and Fallacies in Life Expectancy
Date 14 April 2016 7.00 pm
Location: Medical Society of London 11 Chandos St London W1G 9EB
Speaker Dr John Moore-Gillon

Master Apothecary and Emeritus Consultant Physician

Why your chance of over- or under-compensatiing is virtually 100%

Event The Hole in the Neck
Date 12 May 2016 7.00 pm
Location: Medical Society of London 11 Chandos St London W1G 9EB
Speaker Mr Tunde Odutoye

Consultant ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon at St George’s Hospital

A hidden, poorly understood and ill resourced health issue

Event Medical Negligence Assessments – the educational implications
Date 09 June 2016 7.00 pm
Location: Medical Society of London 11 Chandos St London W1G 9EB
Speaker Hilary Dinham

Educational Psychologist

Event Medico-Legal Society’s Annual Dinner
Date 20 June 2016 Reception 7.30 pm Dinner 8pm
Location: The Law Society 113 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1PL
Speaker The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court, will propose the toast to Medicine

Professor James Neuberger, Professor of Hepatology, Liver Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, will propose the toast to the Law

Event Presidential Address
Date 13 October 2016 7pm
Speaker  Dr Daniel Haines, President of the Medico-Legal Society
 The Interpretation of Injuries (based on Dr Haines current work as an expert court witness)

Event November Meeting
Date 10 November 2016 7pm
Speaker Professor Mark Emberton-

Professor of Interventional Oncology, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, UCL

“Contemporary Prostate Cancer – A guide for the interested man”


Event December Meeting
Date 08 December 2016 7pm
Speaker Mr Edward Nally   Partner, Fieldings Porter, Solicitors. President of the Law Society 2004-2005
Disciplinary action against solicitors and the role of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Event January Meeting
Date 12 January 2017 7pm
Speaker Professor Jane Anderson

Consultant Physician HIV, Homerton University Hospital

People, Pills and Priorities – HIV in 21st Century England

Event February Meeting
Date 09 February 2017 7pm
Speaker  Leslie Samuels QC

Investigating suspected non-accidental injuries to babies and young children – a lawyer’s perspective

Event March Meeting
Date 09 March 2017 7pm
Speaker Luke Harding,  Foreign Correspondent, The Guardian
Litvinenko – a Very Expensive Poison

Event Joint Conference with RSM Psychiatry Section
Date 14 March 2017 Registration 9am
Location: Royal Society of Medicine 1 Wimpole St London W1G 0AE
Speaker Speakers include Professor David Sharp & Dr Michael Gross, consultant neurologists and Mr Augustus Ullstein QC
 Please see “News” section for full details

Event April Meeting
Date 06 April 2017 7pm
Speaker Professor Gillian Tully – Forensic Science Regulator

Forensic science and forensic pathology; quality standards & risks

Event May Meeting
Date 11 May 2017 7pm
Speaker Dr Oliver Quick

Senior Lecturer Universtiy of Bristol Law School

Medical Manslaughter -Time for a Re-think?

Event June Meeting
Date 08 June 2017 7pm
Speaker Chief Superintendent Colin Morgan

Formerly Metroplitan Police, Public Order Command

“Moral and legal dilemmas in the policing of protest and other major public events”


Event Annual Dinner
Date 19 June 2017 Evening
Location: Apothecaries’ Hall, London
Speaker Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (and President-elect of the Royal Society of Medicine) will propose the toast to “The Law”

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will propose the toast to “Medicine”


Event Minty Lecture – Ruminations from the Bevan Commission
Date 12 October 2017 7 pm
Speaker  Professor Sir Mansel Aylward

Event Balancing Public Protection with fairness to Doctors
Date 09 November 2017 7.00 pm
Speaker  Anna Rowlands, GMC

Event The Perils of Public Transport -Insanity in Practice
Date 14 December 2017 7pm
Speaker  Dr Philip Joseph, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, St Charles Hospital

Event Post Brexit Crystal Ball Gazing: What the future holds for Phase 1 clinical trials in UK
Date 11 January 2018 7pm
Speaker Gene Matthews & Nancy Williams

Event A Bitter Pill to Swallow – how price-hiking drug companies exploit the NHS
Date 08 February 2018 7pm
Speaker Billy Kenber, Investigative Journalist, “The Times”

Event Theme Park and Fairground Risk
Date 8 March 2018
Speaker Melvin Sandell HSE
Event Implications of Germanwings Disaster in UK
Date 12 April 2018
Speaker Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson
Event Intensive Care – a haven of last resort or a highly selective treatment option
Date 10 May 2018
Speaker Dr Ganesh Suntharalingham

Event Death and rebirth of the Autopsy
Date 14 June 2018
Speaker Professor Ian Roberts
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