Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

APIL advanced brain and spinal cord injury conference 2022

APIL advanced brain and spinal cord injury conference 2022
All levels - 11.75 hours

(Please note that the number of CPD hours may be subject to change)

Welcome sessions begin on Wednesday afternoon (4pm - 6pm)
Full day programmes on Thursday and Friday
Residential packages starting from just £645 + VAT for APIL members*

After two years away, we are delighted to be heading back to the prestigious five-star Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales for this popular event.

This two-day residential event will bring you up-to-date on the most recent and advanced developments in brain and spinal cord injuries, to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your clients.

Medical consultants, expert witnesses, and leading practitioners will come together for another packed programme, providing valuable specialist insight into catastrophic injury cases. The programme will be available in the spring.

Diagnosis and treatment of conditions

  • Transverse myelitis
  • Spinal stroke
  • Potential breaches of duty and issues of causation
  • Speaker: Dr Dominic Paviour, Consultant Neurologist, London

Indemnity insurance issues for private surgeons

  • Indemnity insurance being declined
  • Other issues that may arise
  • Practical tips on how to address those issues
  • Speakers: Grahame Aldous QC, 9 Gough Chambers, London and Katherine Fitter, Stewarts, London

The role of imaging in the investigation of patients suspected to have spinal cord compression or cauda equina compression syndrome

  • The role of imaging in the investigation of possible cauda equina compression syndrome
  • The indications for imaging in these circumstances
  • The significance of positive or negative findings in radiology reports
  • Issues of communication priority when reporting radiological investigations
  • Speaker: Dr David Wilson, Consultant Interventional Musculoskeletal Radiologist and Director, St Luke's Radiology Oxford Ltd, Oxford

Practical tips on addressing issues of pre-existing medical conditions

  • Dealing with DWP records disclosure and additional evidence
  • Apply to both brain and spinal cord injuries
  • How to address issues in litigation
  • Fraudulent and exaggerated claims
  • Speaker: Alex Dabek, Joint coordinator of APIL&apos
  • s Spinal Cord Injury SIG, Bolt Burdon Kemp, London

Advances in pain management therapies

  • Additional issues including maximising recovery for spinal-cord stimulator and necessary trials
  • How the Courts approach the assessment of pain, including when there is reliance upon subjective reporting and a review of some recent cases involving pain
  • The legal perspective and the sorts of problems/issues that can arise in these pain cases
  • Speakers: Dr Ilan Lieberman, Consultant in Pain Medicine, Manchester
  • Michael Rapp, Barrister, Temple Garden Chambers, London

Dementia and the link (or not) with brain injury

  • Polarisation
  • Link with neurological reports
  • Analysis of the legal perspective rather than the medical perspective
  • What do we do in practice?
  • What happens if certain issues crop up?
  • Life expectancy, pleading your case, risks, proof
  • Speakers: Laura Collignon, Barrister, Thomas More Chambers, London
  • Heather Petrie, Senior Solicitor, Bolt Burdon Kemp, London

Panel session: Maximising quantum and future heads of loss

  • Care
  • Disability travel
  • Accommodation claims
  • Automated vehicles
  • Speakers: Vicki Gilman, Chair, BABICM, Durham
  • Angela Kerr, Chair and Director, Institute of Registered Case Managers, Leicester
  • Tom Wethers, Wyvern Partnership LLP, Devizes
  • Bill Kiely, Personal Mobility Solutions Limited, Sandhurst

Claiming the cost of future care

  • Inflation in care costs and its effect on PPOs v Lump Sum awards
  • Double recovery and the future costs of care: a claimant's solution
  • Speakers: Nick Martin, Chase de Vere, Bury
  • Adam Weitzman QC, 7BR, London

Liability update

  • Overview of recent liability cases
  • Contributory negligence in children – when is young too young?
  • Understanding of the developing brain
  • Overview of vicarious liability
  • Speaker: Shahram Sharghy, Barrister, One Crown Office Row, London

Assessing cognitive impairment

  • Speaker: Dr Neil Brooks, Consultant Neuropsychologist, Rehab Without Walls, Milton Keynes

JPIL case and comment

  • Speakers: Brett Dixon, APIL Vice-President and JPIL Digest Editor, Brett Dixon Training Ltd, Clitheroe
  • Jeremy Ford, General Editor JPIL, 9 Gough Chambers, London
  • John McQuater, APIL Secretary and JPIL Deputy Digest Editor, Atherton Godfrey, Doncaster
  • Nathan Tavares QC, Member of JPIL Editorial Board, Outer Temple Chambers, London

Therapy update

  • Speakers: Sarah Turner, Specialist Brain Injury Occupational Therapist, More Rehab, Sheffield
  • Anna Wilkinson, Neurophysio and Director, More Rehab, Sheffield

Life after injury

  • Speaker: Rosie Mayes, Client of Irwin Mitchell LLP, Sheffield

Panel session: Legal update

  • What firms have done well and what can be achieved
  • Speakers: Richard Crabtree, Coordinator of APIL&apos
  • s Brain Injury SIG, Slater & Gordon Lawyers, Manchester
  • Kate Venn, Irwin Mitchell LLP, Sheffield
  • Moira Kay, Digby Brown LLP, Glasgow
  • Ben Townsend, Stewarts, Leeds

You can choose to either attend the event in person, or alternatively, you can view the conference from the comfort of your own home or workspace via Zoom, on APIL’s slick Conference App.

Attend in person - packages starting from only £240 + VAT

  • Residential and day delegate packages available – welcome sessions begin on Wednesday afternoon from 4 until 6 pm, full days on Thursday and Friday
  • Meet and network with relevant catastrophic injury practitioners of varying experiences
  • Refreshments and lunch included 
  • Access to electronic notes and supporting materials
  • Fabric bag and hard copy welcome pack - including  full programme and exhibition details
  • Accommodation at the 5 star Celtic Manor Resort  (residential packages only)
  • Live exhibition - speak to our sponsors and  exhibitors in person and grab your freebies
  • Welcome conference sessions - Wednesday afternoon
  • Informal welcome reception - Wednesday evening
  • Mid-conference social event - with silent disco
  • Full access to APIL’s dedicated Conference App
  • PLUS...Enjoy all benefits offered to our virtual only delegates

Virtual passes - packages starting from £350 + VAT

  • View programme live or on demand via APIL’s dedicated Conference App
  • Ask questions via the chat facility
  • Direct message all attendees (subject to agreement)

*One night residential packages includes attendance at the conference on the Thursday and Friday, access to the exhibition, refreshments and meals throughout the two days, accommodation at the Celtic Manor and one ticket to the mid-conference social on Thursday, 19 May.

The two night package also includes accommodation at the Celtic Manor on Wednesday, 18 May plus attendance at the conference welcome sessions and one ticket to the informal welcome reception on Wednesday, 18 May.

Cost per delegate:

APIL member: £840 + VAT
Non-member: £1100 + VAT