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11th Serjeants’ Inn / Oxford Neurosurgery Medical Law Conference

18th September 2023

Every year Serjeants’ Inn joins 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 we will once again be offering a “speed dating” session after lunch with a more informal opportunity to ask questions of our speakers.

We are delighted to have assembled a stellar line up of speakers, fitting for our 11th anniversary and to be able to hold this conference in the stunning  Corpus Christi College, part of the University of Oxford and close to Christ Church.

Neurosurgical and spinal claims with an insight into Cauda equina syndrome, Katie Gollop KC, Richard Stacey, Robert Macfarlane, Nick Todd and Peter Kirkpatrick 

This year’s programme will feature a morning devoted to neurosurgery with four leading experts who will be well known to all clinical negligence practitioners. Robert Macfarlane, Nick Todd and Peter Kirkpatrick will all give individual presentations before being joined by Richard Stacey for a panel discussion chaired by Katie Gollop KC.

The programme will present a unique and comprehensive overview of the current state of play in neurosurgical/ spinal claims with different perspectives. It will cover the key medical legal issues of consent, standard of care and the latest thoughts on cauda equina syndrome including asking whether the established categories of CESR and CESI give the full picture in the light of material contribution causation.

Functional Neurological Disorders: Severe symptoms with no explanation, Dr Gill Sare

Dr Gill Sare, Consultant Neurologist in Nottingham, will explain about Functional Neurological Disorders. These are an increasingly important part of the clinical negligence repertoire with many claimants complaining of severe symptoms for which there is no obvious organic explanation.

Managing pregnancy and when choices should be offered , Dr Kara Dent

Dr Kara Dent is a Consultant Obstetrician and specialist in managing high risk pregnancy. She will talk about choice in pregnancy. Practitioners need to be aware of the increasing range of options for managing pregnancy and to be able to identify when and where choices should be offered.

CNZ v. Bath, John de Bono KC 

John is a barrister at Serjeants’ Inn. He will recap on CNZ v Bath with further thoughts on material contribution and an update on the pending appeal.

The cost is £275 + VAT per delegate. To secure your place please RSVP to If you have any queries or require further information in relation conference please email the Serjeants’ Inn Client Care team.


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