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Dinner with the Society of Doctors in Law – 27th March

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The formal dinner was held in this beautiful venue in the heart of London's legal sector. Chairing the dinner was Dr Michael Powers QC, an eminent silk in the field of clinical negligence, who as his title suggests, was a medical practitioner in a former life. 

The dinner was attended by practising and retired medics from various fields, academics and lawyers, all with an interest in the field of medical law. Dr Michael Powers QC invited us to give consideration over our excellent 5 course dinner, to the very current issue of funding of clinical negligence claims, particularly in light of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPOB) presently being debated in the House of Lords, which will undoubtedly result in significant changes for clinical negligence practitioners.

Following dinner a lively debate ensued with views expressed which ranged from the opinion that such litigation was almost all about money, to that which considered that such litigation was almost nothing to do with money. The society's Treasurer, Caroline Harrison of 2tg, expressed an informed view that there needs to be a system in place that people can access, and within which they can pursue litigation to achieve an appropriate remedy. Somehow there has to be a means of funding access to such a system.

This is certainly a view that I support, although sadly I don't think we managed to resolve the issue of the "somehow" yesterday evening.   

A very enjoyable evening all round with good food and great company. My thanks to all concerned and looking forward to attending further events in the future! 

Kym Provan

Senior Solicitor - Clinical negligence team

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