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Personal injury conference

Date: 20th February 2020

Time: 09:00 - 16:10

Location:
Law Society of Scotland
Atria One
144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8EX

CPD Hours: 5hours 30minutes

Join us for a comprehensive update and practical guidance on a variety of key developments related to most areas of personal injury work.

Book by Wednesday 29 January to save 20% with our Early Bird rate

5.5 hours verifiable CPD

Join us in Edinburgh this winter for comprehensive updates and practical guidance on a variety of key developments related to complex areas of personal injury work.

Our expert speakers with both pursuer and defender expertise will discuss the latest updates around costs and funding, update you on the recent key cases and decisions, and offer practical tips and guidance around case management. We will also explore the many emerging issues around expert evidence, and ‘compulsory’ alternative dispute resolution.

The programme will give you the opportunity to network with peers and colleagues, and to ask questions to our speakers on matters affecting your practice.

Are you a solicitor who specialises in Personal Injury law and would like to develop your career and marketing in this area? If so you may want to think about applying to  become an Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist. To find out more see Accredited Specialisms

Learning outcomes

By attending this conference, you will: 

  • Hear about the changes introduced by the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018, and the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Act 2019, and their practical implications for your work
  • Discuss the key cases of 2019, and the take-away points for both pursuers and defenders
  • Get expert updates and practical guidance the on the case management of PI actions under Chapter 42A of the Rules of the Court of Session 
  • Increase your understanding of the key issues around expert evidence
  • Hear about the latest developments about pre-action protocols, and the use of ADR in PI cases.
Confirmed speakers
  • Trish McFadden, Associate, Digby Brown
  • Iain Nicol, Partner, Balfour + Manson LLP
  • Duncan Batchelor, Partner, Clyde & Co (Scotland) LLP
  • Moira Kay, Partner, Digby Brown
  • Kate Donachie, Managing Associate, Brodies LLP
  • Clare Crawford, Senior Associate (Solicitor Advocate), Kennedys Scotland
  • David Wilson, Partner, Digby Brown
  • David Armstrong, Partner and Head of Personal Injury team, Lindsays
  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:30 - 09:40

    Welcome and introduction
  • 09:40 - 10:25

    Costs and funding update

    • DBAs and how they work; 
    • QOCS: the main issues; 
    • PPOs;
    • Discount rate update. 

    Speaker
    Iain Nicol, Partner, Balfour + Manson LLP

    10:25 - 10:55

    Discussion of 3 key cases of 2019

    • What can you learn in relation to key aspects of PI work?; 
    • Pointers for consideration for both pursuers and defenders

    Speaker
    Clare Crawford, Senior Associate (Solicitor Advocate), Kennedys Scotland

    10:55 - 11:10

    Questions and discussion

  • 11:10 - 11:25

    Refreshments and networking
  • 11:25 - 11:45

    Fatal accident update

    • Overview of recent awards; 
    • Issues of valuation: key aspects and recent developments.

    11:45 - 12:20

    Serious injuries: best practice guidance for solicitors

    Speakers
    Moira Kay, Partner, Digby Brown
    Kate Donachie, Managing Associate, Brodies LLP

    12:20 - 12:35

    Questions and discussion

  • 12:35 - 13:15

    Lunch and networking
  • 13:15 - 13:50

    Court case management update

    • The new Chapter 42A procedure;
    • ASPIC: the key issues.

    Speaker
    Duncan Batchelor, Partner, Clyde & Co (Scotland) LLP

    13:50 - 14:25

    Expert evidence in PI cases: overview and update

    • Overview of the new rules for advance sanction of experts (and Counsel): the Act of Sederunt (Taxation of Judicial Expenses Rules) 2019; 
    • Key issues around expert witnesses

    14:25 - 14:40

    Questions and discussion

  • 14:40 - 14:55

    Refreshments and networking
  • 14:55 - 15:15

    Psychiatric trauma: how shocking does it have to be?

    • What is meant by a shocking event
    • When is it not shocking enough
    • Recent case law on definition and proximity of shocking event

    Speaker
    David Wilson, Partner, Digby Brown

    15:15 - 15:35

    ADR in personal injury cases

    • Making ADR compulsory for PI cases? Advantages v disadvantages. 

    Speaker
    David Armstrong, Partner and Head of Personal Injury team, Lindsays

    15:35 - 15:55

    Update on pre-action protocols in disease and medical negligence cases

    Speaker
    Trish McFadden, Associate, Digby Brown

    15:55 - 16:05

    Questions and discussion

  • 16:05 - 16:10

    Closing remarks

Prices

prices exclude VAT

Member:
£215.68
 
New member:
£179.38
 
Accredited Paralegal:
£179.38
 
Trainee:
£179.38
 
Unemployed member:
£166.56
 
Non-member:
£228.49
 

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