We are delighted to launch the Junior Skeleton Series. Building on the success of previous Skeleton Series, these two seminars will give more junior practitioners the opportunity to learn medical and legal practicalities around running successful clinical negligence claims. Both seminars will be chaired by senior members of the Clinical Negligence team – week 1 will be chaired by Simeon Maskrey QC and week 2 will be chaired by Deirdre Goodwin.

The seminars will be followed by drinks and an opportunity to network with speakers and members of the 7BR clinical negligence team. Both seminars will be APIL accredited.

Week 1 – Thursday 6 December 2018

17.30 Registration
17.45 Introduction to the anatomical and functional divisions of the nervous systemLeslie Keegan

This talk will look at the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system starting with the basic structure of nerve cells and building up to a more detailed look at the various structures within the brain their particular functions and how disease or injury of these areas can affect overall function.

18.30 Equipment and care issues commonly missed in schedules of lossDr Gregory Burke

A practical talk on ensuring claimants’ schedules include what they need.

18.50 Practicalities of taking witness evidenceRose Harvey

Rose’s talk will focus on the dos and don’ts of witness statements, including the key questions Judges like to know the answers to, and how to get the best out of each witness.

19.10 Consent in clinical negligencePatricia Leonard

This guide will look at the latest developments in the area of informed consent and practical considerations involved in running successful cases.

19.30 Q&A
19.45 Seminar closes/networking drinks

Week 2 -Thursday 13 December

17.30 Registration
17:45 Welcome from the Chair – Deirdre Goodwin
17.50 An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular systemLeslie Keegan

This talk will look at the various components of the CV system and provide a more detailed look at interior and exterior parts of the human heart, describing the path of blood through the cardiac circuits, the size, shape, and location of the heart and explain the cardiac conduction system. It will deal with issues relating to atherosclerosis and arteriolosclerosis, stroke, hypertension, heart failure, aortic dissection and aneurysms. It will also provide a handy guide to understanding and interpreting ECGs.

18:25 Part 36, QOCs and drop hands offersCaroline Lody

This costs talk will provide a reminder and update of the procedural requirements and consequences of Part 36 offers, as well as potential pitfalls of the regime. It will also look at the implications of discontinuing in the face of a defendant’s strike-out application and how to deal with drop-hands offers.

18:45 Using Computers to make Schedules – William Chapman
19:05 Legal Update – James Weston
19:25 Bolam, Bolitho, Causation: Back to BasicsJames Macdonald

A practical, refresher guide to issues of breach of duty and causation in clinical negligence cases. The focus will be on real-world problems: ensuring the evidence at your disposal satisfies the legal tests that a judge will be considering. Also looking at a couple of recent cases where the legal tests have been interpreted (and reinterpreted) in particular situations.

19.45 Seminar closes/networking drinks


We are delighted to be hosting these events at Gray’s Inn. The full address for the event is:

The Bingham Room
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
8 South Square,

Seminar tickets are £15 + VAT per person or 2 tickets to the same seminar for £25 + VAT.

The event will be streamed live by webinar. Tickets will cost £15 + VAT per person viewing the webinar.

To book your tickets for these events or for any further information please email us.


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