This popular AvMA conference is returning on 1 February 2024 in Leeds, to discuss and analyse the key areas currently under the spotlight in Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injury Cases so that lawyers are aware of the challenges required to best represent their clients. Please note this event is now sold out!

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09.00    Registration and refreshments

09.45    Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Anna Datta, Barrister, Parklane Plowden

09.50    The Convoluted World of Causation and Cerebral Palsy Cases
Andrew Axon, Barrister, Parklane Plowden

  • Apportionment and Material Contribution
  • CNZ v Royal Baths Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2023] EWHC 19
  • The core arguments

10.35    Midwifery and CP Claims
Bryany Tweedale, Consultant Midwife, Associate Expert Witness, Bush&Co

  • Common themes arising from claims
  • How to improve
  • Addressing liability and relevance of any NICE guidelines and local guidance

11.20    Refreshments

11.35    The Role of the Obstetric Expert in CP
Dr Emma Ferriman, Consultant Obstetrician & Fetal Medicine Specialist, The Jessop Wing, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

  • Identifying and managing risk factors for CP
  • Group B strep infections

12.20    Lunch

13.15    Cortical Visual Impairment in Cerebral Palsy
Mr Ian Simmons, Ophthalmic Surgeon and Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Spire Leeds Hospital

  • Why do children with CP suffer from Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)?
  • Which aspects of vision are affected?
  • How does visual compromise affect day-to-day functioning?             

14.00   Financial Planning for individuals with CP 
Stephen Farnfield, Director, Independent Financial Advisor & Expert Witness, Paladin Group

14.40   Refreshments

14.55    Neuroradiology
Professor Paul Griffiths, Professor of Radiology, University of Sheffield

  • Timing of investigations
  • Patterns of injury
  • Practicalities involved in performing radiological procedures

15.40    The Role of Case Management in Brain Injury
Maggie Sargent, Maggie Sargent & Associates

16.20  Update on Costs Essentials for CP and Brain Injury Practitioners
Dominic Woodhouse, Advocate & National Training Manager, Partners in Costs

  • Hourly rates – how do you recover yours?
  • Budgeting update – where are we, and where are we going?
  • Recovering inter partes shortfall – will the client have to pay?

17.00    Close of conference

APIL Accredited

CPD – 4.45 Hours

Please note this event is now sold out!


  • February 1, 2024
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Venue Phone: 0113 244 2000

Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BX, United Kingdom


The hotel is less than 5 mins walk from train station.