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Seminars at Serjeants’ Inn

We are frequently called upon as commentators in our fields: in the last 12 months our members have given papers at institutions including the Houses of Parliament, the Home Office, the College of Policing and St George’s, University of London. Our barristers have also been invited to speak at events such as the AvMA and Association of Police Lawyers annual conferences, as well as for numerous client firms.

We offer a rolling programme of seminars and case surgeries as well as providing regular briefing notes and other articles and updates for clients.

The fact that – in an innovative move – we have invested in a dedicated client care team means that we are particularly well placed to discuss and fulfil client requirements on training and numerous other matters. For full details please contact our client care team here.

Alternatively, if you wish to attend any of our in-house seminars as detailed here from time to time, please complete the registration form and we will be in touch shortly to confirm your place.

Previous seminars


Serjeants’ Inn Annual Inquest Seminar 2017

In this evening seminar, aimed at those who already have an understanding of Inquest Law, members of the Serjeants’ Inn Inquest Team will outline the important legal developments since September 2016 and discuss their practical relevance when representing clients in the Coroner’s Courts.

This seminar is now fully booked with a waiting list in place.


The Value of Sex and the Price of Protection:
Damages under the Human Rights Act in the Court of Protection

This seminar is aimed at those who already have an understanding of the Court of Protection practice. Bridget Dolan QC, Sophia Roper and Caroline Hurst of Switalskis Solicitors will discuss the practical issues around bringing and defending HRA claims in the context of the recent CoP case of CH v A Metropolitan Council [2017] EWCOP 12.

This seminar is now fully booked with a waiting list in place.


8th Serjeants’ Inn / Oxford Neurosurgery Medical Law Conference

Serjeants’ Inn has joined forces with Oxford neurosurgeon Richard Stacey to organise this event for both claimant and defendant clinical negligence enthusiasts. We aim for an interesting mix of medical and legal talks and will be offering a ‘speed dating’ session after lunch with a more informal opportunity to ask questions of our medical speakers.



The Charlie Gard proceedings: a discussion with counsel in the case

The challenge to the best interests jurisdiction and the role of doctors and judges in this tragic case has received saturation media reporting. It’s been fuelled by unprecedented social media coverage and an astonishingly successful crowd funding campaign.

It’s put medical ethics and treatment decisions on the front page and looks set to be one of the biggest medical law cases of 2017.

Serjeants’ Inn silks and juniors have been instructed from the directions hearing in March all the way through to the Supreme Court in June. They’ll be talking about why the challenge to jurisdiction matters, interim orders and whether the unprecedented transparency has damaged or promoted greater public understanding of medical ethics.


Experts at the courtroom coalface

Chris Johnston QC will be leading an open discussion about experts with John de Bono QC, Heidi Knight and Jamie Mathieson – as well as our delegates.  Practical examples will be given of both good and bad expert approaches.


Police Employment, Whistleblowing and Equality Law Conference

Serjeants’ Inn is delighted to be hosting its first conference on police employment law.

This full-day conference will draw on our police employment team’s experience in cases such as Aubrey v Chief Constable of NorthAumbria Police, AB v A Chief Constable, AB v A Chief Constable and Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police to provide a detailed, practical and strategic look at various topics.

The conference is to be chaired by John Beggs QC and our speakers will be Angus Moon QC, Jonathan Holl-Allen, Elliot Gold, Jonathan Davies, Aaron Rathmell, Sebastian Naughton and Cecily White.


Essential Inquest Law Update

Serjeants’ Inn are hosting a seminar in Chambers by Bridget Dolan QC and Briony Ballard, two experienced inquest counsel, both of whom also edit the Inquest Law Reports and sit as Assistant Coroners. This is a practically focused seminar for solicitors typically representing institutions at inquests. It will provide an essential update on important cases for coronial law over the past year and consider how the CJA and recently decided cases impact upon practice in the Coroner’s Court.