Promoting medico-legal knowledge in all its aspects

Below is the past programme of the Society since October 2018.

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

Event Why is it so difficult for Doctors to be Honest? — Minty Lecture
Date 10th October 2019
Speaker Mr Henry Marsh CBE, FRICS, Neurosurgeon

Event When Dental Implants go Wrong
Date 14th November 2019
Speaker Dr Michael Norton BDS, FDS, RCS (Ed)

Event With the End in Mind
Date 12th December 2019
Speaker Kathryn Mannix — Palliative Care Doctor

Event Capacity, Conflict & Compensation
Date 9th January 2020
Speaker Clem Maddock, Consultant Psychiatrist

Event The Penal System — a Suitable Case for Treatment
Date 13th February 2020
Speaker Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform

Event The Importance of the Medico-Legal Relationship in Immigration Law
Date 12th March 2020
Speaker Bahar Ata, Director of Public Law & Immigration, Duncan Lewis, Solicitors

Event Rumours, Myths and Realities CANCELLED – see 2020-2021 Programme
Date 9th April 2020
Speaker Christopher P Dorries CBE, HM Coroner for South Yorkshire (West)

Event Air Pollution — The Greatest Public Health Risk of our Time CANCELLED – see 2020-2021 Programme
Date 14th May 2020
Speaker Professor Stephen Holgate CBE,Clinical Professor of Immuno-pharmacology, Medical Research Council

Event ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM – AGM followed by panel discussion on Covid-19
Date 11 June 2020 6.45 PM
Speakers Dr Rachel Clarke, Nageena Khalique QC & Dr Kathleen Liddell






Presidential Address:  Expert Witnesses Past Present & Future

8th October 2020

Professor Harry Zeitlin






The Consequences of Torture

12th November 2020

Dr Margaret Brearley






Medicines and Murder

10th December 2020

Professor Robin Ferner, Honorary Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at City Hospital Birmingham, and Honorary Consultant at the West Midlands Centre for Adverse Drug Reactions.






Medical Legal Considerations in Premier League Football

14th January 2021 STARTING AT 6pm NOT  7pm

Dr Gary O’Driscoll, Head of Sports Medicine, Arsenal Football Club






What is a Pandemic?

11th February 2021

Dr Nathalie MacDermott, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer

King’s College London






Managing pandemics: –  What we have to learn from the work of Austin Bradford Hill

11th March 2021

Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor, President’s Envoy for Health at Imperial College London and former Director of Research and Development for the National Heart and Lung Institute






Rumours, Myths and Realities

8th April 2021

Jeremy Chipperfield, HM Coroner for County Durham & Darlington






The Medicolegal Implications of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

13th May 2021

Dr Christopher A. Jenner   MB BS, FRCA, FFPMRCA, Consultant in Pain Medicine, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, London, Director, Medicolegal Partners Limited, Medical Director, London Pain Clinic, 9 Harley Street, London, W1G 9QY






The Importance of a transparently independent & professional investigation when things have gone wrong or accusations made

10th June 2021

Tom Kark QC, QEB Hollis Whitman Chambers



Dr Margaret Stark

President, Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians

Followed by reception to celebrate our 120th Anniversary

14 October 2021 The Forensic Physician – A dying profession
Lord Jonathan Sumption

Justice of the Supreme Court between 2012 and 2018

11 November 2021 The Value of Life – in law and in practice
Colonel James Hardy

Forensic Odontologist.

 9 December 2021 Forensic Dentistry and Why Not Bite Marks?
Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury GBS PC Hon FRS  President of the Supreme Court from 2012 to 2017


13 January 2022 Personal autonomy: a blessing or a curse
Andrew Hoyle


10 February 2022 Cyber warfare – does it have a legal basis? Can the UK lawfully protect healthcare from an overseas cyber attack?


Philip Barlow

H.M. Assistant Coroner for Inner South London

10 March 2022 What power the inquisition? Do coroners really make a difference?


Nicola Mundy, Solicitor, Senior Coroner, SE Yorkshire 14 April 2022


Deaths and the Smart (or not so Smart?) Motorways


Mrs Justice Lambert​. 12 May 2022 The Hillsborough Inquest 2014-2016
Mr Matthew Izett-Kay BMBS MD MRCOG,

Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist Urogynaecologist, John Radcliffe, Oxford


9 June 2022 Urogynaecology  and Mesh: Who, why, and where doctors go wrong.



Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws & Professor Iain Hutchison Monday 20 June 2022 Annual Dinner at the Apothecaries