Bolam v Montgomery: where does medicine end and law begin?

This event will be taking place on Friday 10th November 2023 in Liverpool City Centre.

It will be presented by Charles Feeny, Charles Austin, Jonathan Hobson ENT Consultant, Dr Simon Minkoff GP, and Dr Craig Purshouse Senior Lecturer in Law.

Contact us for more information.

Association versus Causation: Epidemiology versus the law? – DOWNLOADS

Following our Seminar in London on Thursday 6th February herewith the presentations of Professor Zeegers, Professor Beard and Charles Feeny.

For further enquiries please contact


Event: Association versus Causation: Epidemiology versus the law? Part II – Logic or Experience? Thursday, 6 February 2020

Date: Thursday, 6 February 2020

Venue: DWF, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3AG – Directions


  • 4:00 Registration
  • 4:30 Introduction by Chair, Charles Feeny
  • 4:35 Professor Maurice Zeegers – Forensic Epidemiology and Probabilistic Causation
  • 5:10 Professor Jon Beard – Pathology and Risk Factors in DVT
  • 5:30 Short break
  • 5:35 Case Study Panel with Professor Zeegers, Professor Beard and Per Laleng, Senior Lecturer
    in Law, University of Kent
  • 6:15 Concluding words from Professor Zeegers
  • 6:30 Close and drinks

The programme has been designed around a case study involving deep venous thrombosis (DVT). The study has been constructed in a way to be relevant both to group litigation and clinical negligence claims. The study is available now on the Pro-Vide website ( and through the LinkedIn group for this event.

Forensic epidemiology is a developing discipline and one of the first professors in the world, Maurice Zeegers, will speak on the concepts of forensic epidemiology and how the same can be used in the application of epidemiological evidence in litigation. To assist in the understanding of the case studies, Professor Jonathan Beard will explain the pathology and risk factors in relation to deep venous thrombosis. Professor Beard is a consultant vascular surgeon and Professor of Surgical Education at the Royal College of Surgeons.

After a short break, the case study will be discussed with a panel and, hopefully, significant contributions from the audience. In addition to Professor Zeegers and Professor Beard, the panel will include Mr Per Laleng, a senior lecturer in law at the University of Kent, who takes a particular interest in the issues surrounding the use of statistical evidence in Court.

The event will end with some concluding remarks from Professor Zeegers, in particular as to how the issues might usefully be taken forward.

Please be aware that numbers are limited. If you are interested, please email to register.

Association v.Causation: Epidemiology v. the Law?

Thursday 6th February 2020

Venue: DWF 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3AG
Time: 4pm – 7pm


Following the successful seminar at Wadham College in July, a follow up event has now been arranged. DWF have kindly agreed to host this event at their London office at Fenchurch Street on 6th February 2020 commencing at 4pm.

The seminar held in Oxford was well received and there is clearly more discussion to be had around this area.

If you wish to attend, please register your interest at this stage. Numbers are limited and priority will be given to those who attended the Oxford seminar.

The session will include a presentation by Professor Maurice Zeegers, Professor of Forensic Epidemiology, University of Maastricht and interactive case studies.

Upcoming Event: 11th July 2019

Association versus Causation: Epidemiology versus the law?

Date: 11th July 2019
Registration: 9.45 – 10.15am
Sessions: 10.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Moser Room, Wadham College, Oxford

This conference will bring together leading medical and scientific experts with practising and academic lawyers. The intention is to bring some clarity and coherence to the controversial subject of the use of epidemiology in proof of causation in tort litigation.

This issue has been discussed inconclusively in leading cases in particular Sienkiewicz –v- Greif and Williams –v- Bermuda.

The conference will follow an interactive format with case studies illustrating the difficulty in the practical application of epidemiological data drawn from cohorts to specific causation
in litigation.

Consideration will be given to the relevance and application of doubling of risk. This will be followed by open sessions discussing the case studies and attempting to agree propositions relevant to the application of epidemiology. The hope of the conference organizers is that these propositions will provide some authoritative guidance in this context.

NEW! Event Programme

The conference is free of charge. 5 hours CPD.
We are generously sponsored by SPG Law UK.

To reserve a place please email

Asbestos & the Law Conference – 28th September 2018

Asbestos & the Law Conference

28th September 2018
Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Chair: Mr. Peter Cowan, Counsel

Contact MAVS to book on 0151 236 1895



Professor Sir Anthony Newman-Taylor
CBE, FRCP, FFOM, FMedSci, President’s Envoy for Health Imperial College London, Director of Research & Development NHLI Imperial College London

Dr John Corless,
Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine / Clinical Director (Medicine & Acute Specialities) at Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Dr Paul Taylor
Consultant Medical Oncologist at Wythenshawe Hospital

Mr. Charles Feeny
Counsel with a special interest in asbestos disease litigation

Master Roger Eastman
Master of the Senior Courts, Queen’s Bench Division

Alison Heyes
BSc(Hons) PG Dip (Occ H&S) PG Dip (HS&E Law), Health and Safety Practitioner

View the full itinerary here (PDF)

2018 Social History of Medicine Conference

Charles Feeny has been invited to speak at the 2018 Social History of Medicine Conference
“Conformity, Resistance Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine” at the University of Liverpool in July 2018. Charles Feeny will be participating in a round table discussion on Primodos chaired by Jesse Olszynko-Gryn of the University of Cambridge. Primodos was a hormone based pregnancy testing drug used in the 1960’s and 1970’s .

A Group of parents whose children suffered birth defects after the use of Primodos have resolutely campaigned for the manufacturers Bayer Schering and the Government to accept the damage caused by Primodos and the failures in transparency and regulation that led to the drug not been withdrawn sooner. Charles has been retained to advise the parent group.

The Primodos case is attracting considerable publicity and widespread support from members of parliament. Recently the Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, announced that there would be a review of the regulatory issues raised by history of Primodos.

Other participants at the round table discussion include Jason Farrell of Sky News who has campaigned for transparency in relation to Primodos, Maria Lyon, leader of the victims group, and Dr Neil Vargesson of the University of Aberdeen who is undertaking ground breaking research which it is hoped, with appropriate financing, will finally prove the link between Primodos and birth defects.

The conference is to be held in July and further details of the conference and workshop will follow in due course.

Come to our Chronic Pain Seminar

Chronic pain is a controversial presentation in PI claims. Claimants often seek damages for what are said to be life-changing conditions, which are not always wholly explained by established pathology and which Defendants and insurers frequently dispute. Issues as to vulnerability and causation cause further complication.

Pro-Vide Law, in association with Complete Counsel, are presenting an interactive seminar on chronic pain at 2pm on Friday 5th May at The Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 6 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool.

We have a great line up of Speakers to include Dr Andreas Goebel – Associate Professor at the Liverpool Walton Centre and Assistant Professor for Pain medicine at The University of Liverpool, Dr Eric Ghadiali – Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor Gus Baker – Emeritus Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Barristers Charles Feeny and Tom Goodhead from Complete Counsel.

The seminar will explain the various pathologies which can be implicated in a chronic pain disorder by reference to a fictional case and discuss the criteria for diagnosing such a disorder. The alternative possibilities of a factitious disorder or malingering will be explored.

The seminar will include an interactive “hot tubbing session” where the experts will present conflicting views as to credibility, diagnosis and prognosis.

The audience will be given the opportunity to raise issues and questions with the experts. Spaces are limited for this event. Tickets are £35.00 per person.

Registration – 2:00pm
Seminar – 2:15 – 4:30pm

Seminar followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues.

To book a place, please email

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Photos from our Complete Counsel Anniversary Event

Last week saw Complete Counsel celebrate out 1st anniversary at a hugely successful event in Liverpool.

Friends, clients and partners of Complete Counsel gathered at the roof-top terrace at West Africa House for drinks and food, where we were also proud to announce the launch of Complete Mediation.

Photos from the event can be seen below. Many thanks to all who attended and made the event such a great success.







1st Anniversary of Complete Counsel & the Launch of Complete Mediation

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Thursday, 14 July 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)


Oh Me Oh My, West Africa House – 25 Water Street, Liverpool, L2 ORG

Welcome drinks at 6pm, followed by a BBQ on the Goodness Gracious Roof Garden.

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