Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

This conference aims to provide practical guidance on a range of different matters relating to medical negligence claims.  It will examine legal perspectives for Virtual Clinics, delays in treatment, capacity to consent as well as informed consent. It will highlight complexities in causation as well as existing and emerging trends in recent case law.

Our online conferences allow for greater interaction, with added time given to Q&A, allowing you to submit questions anonymously relevant to your organisation and receive real practical advice that can be put into place immediately.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Roger Murray SC, Partner, Callan Tansey Solicitors

Consequences of delays in treatment and the impact on clinical negligence claims

Kevin Power, Partner, Healthcare and Medical Law team Mayson Hayes and Curran

Virtual Clinics: A legal perspective

Stephen McGuinness, Partner, Healthcare Team, Hayes Solicitors

Common Issues on the Plaintiff and Defendant’s Side


  • Taking Comprehensive Instructions
  • Obtaining the Plaintiff’s medical notes and records
  • Onus of Proof
  • Limitation period
  • Choosing the right expert
  • Giving Advance Warning of the Claim
  • General Challenges


  • Notification of a claim
  • Practical Tips on receipt of a claim
  • Investing a claim
  • Expert Opinion
  • Resolving the claims
  • Mediation

Avril Scally, Partner, Clinical Negligence at Lavelle Partners LLP

Nicholas Moore, Solicitor at Lavelle Partners LLP

Miscommunication and Consent

  • What does it mean to consent a patient?
  • Timing of consent: Fitzpatrick v Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Extent of consent: Risks and likely occurrence Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board & beyond
  • Modern clinical practices & the use of digital resources
  • Communication barriers & understanding the patient perspective
  • HSE and Medical Council guidelines

Sarah Reid, BL, The Law Library

Case Law- Up to date cases gone through the courts

  • Recent case law

David Boughton, Barrister-at-Law, Law Library

Solicitor referrals to Experts

  • View of the Irish courts and case law
  • Role of the expert
  • Approach of other jurisdictions
  • Practical implications for Solicitors and Counsel
  • Type of consultant – psychiatrist different to a surgeon

Órla Kelly, Partner, Cantillons Solicitors

Conflict of Interest- The Risks of treating someone you know

  • General principles & rationale
  • Irish caselaw
  • UK caselaw
  • International caselaw
  • Medical council guidelines and ethical obligations
  • UK/International guidelines and experience

Rebecca Graydon Barrister-at-Law, Law Library

Costs Protection:  The importance of lodgements and the benefits and risks of making and rejecting the same

  • A review of the process and the importance of Making and Tender or Lodgement in the course of the Proceedings.
  • The consequences which may flow for the acceptance and rejection of the same.
  • The importance of the timing of making a Tender or Lodgement
  • A review of key cases applicable to the same.

Michael Monaghan LLB, Legal Cost Accountant, Abacus Law Cost Consultants

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of interest to most professionals involved in the provision of healthcare and in particular, directors of nursing, doctors, consultants, healthcare service management executives, private sector healthcare providers, nursing home providers, surgeons and surgical consultants, healthcare in house legal teams, executives in regulatory and compliance environments within healthcare, relevant government bodies and obviously legal consultants, solicitors, barristers and professionals within the legal community.


Avril Scally
Partner - Lavelle Partners
Nicholas Moore
Solicitor at Lavelle Partners LLP
Órla Kelly
Partner, Cantillons Solicitors
Stephen McGuinness
Partner, Healthcare Team, Hayes Solicitors
Kevin Power
Partner, Healthcare and Medical Law team Mayson Hayes and Curran


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.