1 Present 11th July 2014 St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London
2 This conference will examine the way litigation interplays with the actual rehabilitation needs on a day to day basis and the benefit that it can bring to victims of serious personal injury making sure mistakes are not made by those putting rehabilitation packages in place and dealing with the issues that can arise in the court room at trial. We aim to emphasise the impact of early decisions in rehabilitation on the litigation and to avoid making mistakes that then become a reality in the court room and under cross examination. Draft Programme 9:00 9:45 Registration 9:45 9:50 Address from Morning Chair (tbc) 9:50 10:35 - inc 10 mins Q & A Royal Courts of Justice - A year on from Jackson. The court experience of Jackson and how should lawyers be dealing with the changes David Cook, Master of the High Court, Queen s Bench Division 10:35 10:55 Laying the ground work. Translating legal necessities into practical action Jill Greenfield, Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse 10:55-11:35 Building Bricks. Critical to the success of any rehabilitation regime is having the right property. Tom will lead us through the necessary steps and how both the solicitor and case manager can work with the client to make sure that the right property is purchased and the right adaption s carried out. Assessing properties, quantifying adaptations and space and making it work. Tom Wethers, Director, Wyvern Partnerships 11:35 12:05 Tea/Coffee, Networking & Exhibition Stands 12:05 12:45 Access to and use of technology to maximise independence. In this talk Mike Gomm will demonstrate how a physically disabled individual can have a high level of control over technology and the benefits that will ensue. Mike Gomm, Consultant in Disability & Technology, M.A. Gomm Ltd 12:45 1:15 Water Works? What is Aquatic Exercise ; Aquatic Therapy; Water based exercise? What are the properties of water and can they aid in the recovery and maintenance post major complex brain injury? What facilities are needed and what is available and suitable? Home facilities any justification, cost- research evidence available? Clinical and technical evidence and reasons for usefulness or not? Types of off the shelf and tailor made pools? Sue Filson, Chartered Physiotherapist, Susan J Filson and Associates 1:15 2:25 Lunch, Networking & Exhibition Stands 2:25 2:30 Address from afternoon Chair (tbc) 2:30 3:00 Rehabilitation, Case Management, Care and Contingencies: What is Reality? Establishing the support structures and systems for clients and families to re-establish their lives after brain injury. Jo Clark-Wilson, Managing Partner, Head First LLP 3:00 3:30 Leading the team. Working with the client, their family, the case manager & carers. How to keep things on an even keel. Daniel Friedland, Consultant Neuropsychologist, Hertfordshire Acquired Brain Injury Team 3:30 3:50 Tea/Coffee, Networking & Exhibition Stands 3:50 4:40 Debating the issues. A lively debate on key issues that are often central to the parties. What are the key issues to be argued at Court. The discussion will centre on: Interim Payments, Housing, Physiotherapy, Care. A view from the Claimant and the Defendant teams For the Claimant - Jill Greenfield, Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse Elizabeth Ann Gumbel QC, One Crown Office Row Henry Witcomb, Barrister, One Crown Office Row For the Defence - Rod Evans,Partner, Greenwoods Solicitors Timothy Horlock QC, Deans Court 4:40 4:55 Q & A to Debate Panel 4:55-5:00 Close 5:00 - onwards You are cordially invited to a post conference drinks reception to be held on the Hansom Hall Terrace
3 Biographies David Cook Master of the High Court, Queen s Bench Division David Cook was called to the Bar in His practice covered all aspects of the common law but became focused on high value personal injury claims involving brain damage. In 2005 he became an Accredited Mediator and was appointed a legally qualified member of the Criminal Injuries Appeal Panel (CICAP) before being appointed a Tribunal Judge of the First-tier (Social Entitlement) Tribunal in In 2009 he was elected a bencher of Grays Inn. He was appointed a Queen s Bench Master in 2011 since which time he has been one of the assigned Masters dealing with the case management of clinical negligence claims within the Royal Courts of Justice. He is a contributor to Burton on Civil Appeals 2nd Edition, published by Sweet and Maxwell. In his spare time he enjoys reading, theatre and sailing. Thomas M Wethers Director, Wyvern Partnerships Partner of Wyvern Partnership Devizes & Director of Wyvern Architects Devizes Ltd Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Member of the Expert Witness Institute Tom has a background in the design of a range of ecclesiastical, residential and disability accommodation and in the preparation of tender documents including Specifications, drawings, tender reporting, project management and cost control. In addition to the above Tom is an Expert Witness for the High Court on the accommodation needs of seriously disabled people who are seeking compensation for their injuries; the needs to be considered ranging from minor injuries through to amputees. He undertakes work for both Claimants and Defendants and acts as a Single Joint Expert throughout the UK, Europe and internationally preparing approximately 350 reports per year. Jill Greenfield Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse Jill is a partner at London law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse and heads up the specialist catastrophic personal injury unit. Jill is recognised by Headway and the Spinal Injuries Association as a Specialist Injury Lawyer. In the legal directories (Chambers/Legal 500) she is recognised as a leader in the field. Jill is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury lawyers (APIL) and is a committee member of Headway North London. She is committed to achieving excellent results for her clients, ensuring the right type of essential care and support is provided; rehabilitation is a real focus. Her cases are generally worth several million pounds and are usually the result of road traffic accidents, occupiers liability claims or accidents at work. She is currently the lead solicitor in the 2009 Godstone Farm outbreak, acting for over 30 children who were exposed to E Coli 0157, some of which now suffer lifelong risks of renal failure. Alongside her main practice she has a successfully campaigned for victims of terrorist atrocities such as Sharm-el Sheik, Kusadasi, Bali and Mumbai. She was one of the key lawyers who persuaded the Government to introduce a Scheme to Support British Victims of Terrorism abroad, providing financial support for such victims where previously none had been available. She also obtained the highest award for damages for pain and suffering though the civil courts for a victim of rape. Jill s cases have regularly hit the headlines and she has appeared on BBC News, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, BBC Radio 4, Trevor McDonald Tonight, Fiona Bruce, Real Lives and has been quoted in various broadsheets. Mike Gomm Consultant in Disability & Technology, M.A. Gomm Ltd With over 20 years experience of working in the field of IT and disability Mike has built up a reputation for clear honest advice, working with a very wide range of disabling conditions such as severe physical disability, head and spinal injury, work related upper limb disorder (RSI), sensory loss, learning difficulties and mental health issues. Before starting his own consultancy in 2003, (M. A. Gomm Ltd) he worked for private sector companies concerned with the design and manufacture of wheelchair controllers, environmental control systems, voice output communication aids and technology for visually impaired computer users. Mike then moved into the charitable sector where he helped people overcome computer access problems across a very wide range of disabling conditions. As an independent consultant he has worked as a disabled students assessor for numerous universities including Plymouth, Brunel and The Open University. The Department of Employment seek his assistance in relation to disabled people within the workplace where practical advice and recommendations will follow a thorough assessment. Mike work s with Steve Martin Associates as an expert witness. In this capacity he has prepared over 300 Technology Reports for the Court receiving both single and joint instructions.
4 Biographies Mike regularly receives invitations from case managers to investigate the needs of their clients and project manage the installation of environmental control systems, communication aids and computer technology. Mike also give talks and lectures to interested groups and professional bodies such as The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, legal firms and case management companies who are known within the industry. Susan J Filson MCSP Grad Dip Phys Chartered Physiotherapist Susan Filson is the immediate past Chairman of the Medico Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and an Assessor for the Academy of Experts. Formerly a Physiotherapist with multifaceted clinics, including at a school for children with special needs, a nursing home for the disabled and major and local sports teams, she feels a commitment to the communities in the North West of England. She has experience of serious trauma, sports and orthopaedic injuries, paediatrics and aquatic therapy. Susan qualified in 1978 and worked at St Bartholomew s Hospital, was then a Senior at Manchester Royal Infirmary before being chosen to be the Superintendent Physiotherapist at BMI Alexander Hospital, Cheadle where she established all of their physiotherapy policies. Following the birth of her 4 children, Susan set up her own Physiotherapy practices. Susan has 30 years of experience as an Expert Witness, writing reports on causation and liability, quantum, professional negligence and criminal. She also works in the field of mediation for the NHSLA. Susan has an interest in Aquatic Therapy and water based exercise in serious and traumatic injuries. To relax (when Solicitors permit it!!) can be found watching her four boys (now men) playing rugby or looking after her delightful granddaughter. She worked at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital before specialising in Neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and developing further skills in head injury rehabilitation at the Kemsley Unit (St Andrews Hospital, Northampton) and Grafton Manor (Nr Towcester, Northampton). Jo moved to Ticehurst House Hospital, East Sussex to help establish a new head injury rehabilitation unit. After co-ordinating the unit at Ticehurst House Hospital, she set up a community service for the brain injured and their families. In May 1994, Jo established an organisation called Head First to provide rehabilitation, equipment, Case Management and long-term care needs assessments for medico-legal purposes; design and implement home rehabilitation programmes for brain injured patients; develop Case Management services; and establish training programmes for support workers and professionals in brain injury rehabilitation and long-term management. Head First currently provides Case Management for between 80 and 85 brain injured clients and their families. Jo was a member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Health project on Head Injury and a founder member of a steering group interested in Case Management, which became BABICM in 1996 and she was Chair of BABICM for the period Jo has written various articles on brain injury rehabilitation, computer retraining and conductive education. A chapter on Functional Retraining After Head Injury in Brain Injury Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach (1988), and a book entitled Brain Injury Rehabilitation: A Neuro-functional Approach (1993) was written with Gordon Muir Giles. Brain Injury Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach (second Edition) was edited with Gordon Muir Giles, and a chapter on Care, Equipment and Case Management has been published in a book called Medical Aspects of Personal Injury Litigation edited by Barnes, Braithwaite and Ward. She has prepared a chapter for a book, Good Practice in Brain Injury Case Management, Parker J and Pritchard V (eds) called What is Brain Injury Case Management. Jo s current professional responsibilities include being Managing Director of Head First (Assessment & Case Management) Ltd; assessing brain injured clients; preparing Expert Witness Reports for the Courts; providing Case Management Services to brain injured individuals; presenting and developing training for professionals working in the field of brain injury. She is a state registered Occupational Therapist, an Advanced member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers, a member of the BABICM Professional Issues Group and a practicing member of The Academy of Experts. Jo Clark Wilson Managing Partner & Brain Injury Case Manager, Head First LLP Jo Clark Wilson has 31 years working experience since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in In 1986 she gained a BA (Open University) in Psychology and Research. Jo worked in Australia at the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Repatriation Hospital, Hobart, on general medical and surgical wards before returning to Britain to help establish a new Geriatric Day Hospital at St Mary s Hospital, Luton. Daniel Friedland Consultant Neuropsychologist, Hertfordshire Acquired Brain Injury Team Daniel is a consultant neuropsychologist. He has been working in neuro rehabilitation for the last 15 years. Daniel s interest is in rehabilitation following brain injury in the community context. In addition to his clinical work in the NHS he is currently involved in research looking at offending rates in traumatic brain injury, mindfulness meditation in neurorehabilitation, and smartphone technology in helping individuals with memory difficulties. Daniel has a particular interest in traumatic brain injury, including TBI classification systems and long- term outcome following TBI.
5 Biographies Lizanne Gumball Q.C., One Crown Office Row Lizanne Gumbel s work mainly involves clinical negligence and personal injury claims for catastrophically injured Claimants. She also has extensive experience in multi-party actions arising out of child abuse in institutions. Recently listed in the Lawyer magazine Hot 100, her current cases of note include representing the victims of alleged abuse caused by Jimmy Savile and representing a number of women who were wrongly diagnosed by breast cancer surgeon Mr. Ian Paterson. Henry Witcomb Barrister, One Crown Office Row Henry Witcomb is a barrister at One Crown Office Row. Called in 1989 he has a practice specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury, public authority liability and inquest representation. In clinical negligence, he has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving wrongful death and birth-related catastrophic injury. His personal injury work has focused on catastrophic spinal and brain injuries. In addition he has been involved in several multiparty actions. Primary Areas of Practice Clinical Negligence, in particular those involving wrongful death and birth-related, catastrophic injury. Personal Injury with a particular emphasis on catastrophic spinal and brain injury claims. Frequently instructed to act on behalf of the Official Solicitor to represent the interests of claimants who lack capacity. This work has increasingly involved exploration of the overlapping obligations of tortfeasors and state bodies, health, social services and education authorities, to claimants. Wide-ranging experience in other sub-fields including many years experience of employer s liability cases, in particular those involving occupational disease; and of criminal injuries work. Public Authority Liability and Child Abuse Compensation Law. Representation of claimants in several multi-party actions suing, principally, public authorities in relation to the abuse and care of children, and those with learning disabilities. The claims have involved exploring the boundaries of vicarious liability of public authorities; and also the direct liability of public authorities in both management and regulatory capacities. Inquest Representation. Extensive experience representing families and other interested parties, including health professionals, in medico-legal and personal injury context. Multi-Party Actions. Principally actions involving the abuse and care of children but also involving other classes of personal injury claimants. Rod Evans Partner, Greenwoods Solicitors Rod qualified in 1981 and has 30 years experience in insurance litigation. He cut his teeth in Portsmouth Magistrates Court defending the citizens at the home of the Royal Navy before moving on to Hong Kong where he specialised in banking and insurance litigation. Since returning to the UK, Rod has acted for insurers, including stints in product liability, employers liability (particularly industrial disease) before turning to specialise in catastrophic injury, large loss fraud claims and high value liability disputes. In May 2011 Rod and his team joined Greenwoods to set up their Southampton office where Rod leads a Personal Injury team of 15. Rod has featured as a leading individual in the legal directories for many years and was President of FOIL in Timothy Horlock Q.C., Deans Court Tim Horlock QC has appeared for the last few years as one of the recommended leading Health & Safety and Personal injury silks on the northern circuit. In the current edition of Chambers & Partners directory he is listed in Category 1 and described as bright and decisive combining a down to earth approach with real enthusiasm. As a junior Barrister, Tim Horlock QC enjoyed an extensive personal injury and clinical negligence practice acting for claimants and defendants alike. In silk, Tim Horlock QC is recognised as a leading practitioner in health & safety and personal injury work. Tim Horlock QC accepts instructions from claimants and defendants and will work on his own or with junior Counsel if required. He will accept instructions on a conditional fee basis in appropriate cases. He is Counsel approved to be instructed by several major insurance companies and by the Motor Insurers Bureau. He has developed extensive expertise in dealing with: Catastrophic injury cases, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis and amputation cases. He is expert in dealing with matters relating to care, accommodation and loss of earnings Public funding issues and the liability of Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts to fund care, accommodation and other services High value psychiatric and psychological claims Serious factory and road accident cases Provisional damages claims (particularly in traumatic brain injury and spinal injury cases) Structured settlements and periodical payments Cases involving incapacity Sports injuries Occupational claims, particularly stress and bladder cancer (he was retained on behalf of Dunlop PLC as junior Counsel).
6 To mark our Crystal anniversary, 2014 welcomes the opening of the Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Admissions Unit, designed to offer preliminary assessment for patients commencing personalised rehabilitation programmes. This will bring the unit to our largest capacity of 60 beds; 46 of which are CARF accredited. The Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit Tel: SweetTree Brain Injury Service ABI_Rehab_Advert.indd 1 18/12/ :06 Specialists in Community Rehabilitation & Support Person-centred support packages at home & in the community from 2 hours to live-in care Specialist rehabilitation interventions Encouraging independence and self fulfilment Creating a community spirit in London through our client days & other SweetTree social events Please contact the SweetTree team for more information or to book a FREE assessment: Tel: :
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