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Medical Negligence: 2010: Latest Developments For Practitioners

Medical Negligence 2010: Latest Developments for Practitioners

Date: Saturday, 20 November 2010

Venue: The Davis Theatre, Arts Building


About the Conference

In the past few months there have been several significant decisions on important aspects of medical negligence litigation - including such matters as informed consent, the Statute of Limitations, the scope of the duty of care of doctors, nurses and hospital administrators and procedural issues such as discovery. The Law School of Trinity College Dublin is holding a conference on the morning of Saturday, 20 November, which will analyse all developments in the courts in 2010. Its team of lecturers include practitioners from Ireland and the United States who have a wide range of experience. The information will be cutting edge.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


Decisions to be analysed include:

Miggin v HSE, on discovery

Buckley v O'Herlihy and Another, on claims for negligence and lack of informed consent

O'Leary v HSE, raising questions about conflicting expert evidence

Naessens v Jermyn, addressing an important issue of limitation of actions

Healy v Buckley and Others

Every decision of the High Court and Supreme Court raising significant issues relating to medical negligence


9:00 Registration


Dr. Neville Cox, BL

Limitation of Actions and Proof in Medical Negligence Litigation: Recent Developments


John Smith

Defence Strategies in Medical Negligence Litigation
10:30 Tea/Coffee Break


John Scheid

The Doctrine of Informed Consent: An American Perspective


Dr. Ciaran Craven, BL

Dunne v National Maternity Hospital: Recent Applications of the Test


Dr. Des Ryan, BL

Informed Consent to Treatment
12:20 – 1:00 Questions and Discussion

The right to substitute and rearrange lecture(rs)s is reserved.


The conference will be chaired by Professor William Binchy, Regius Professor of Laws at Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Neville Cox LL.B., Ph.D., (Dub.), Barrister, is Senior Lecturer in Law and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is author of Defamation Law (2008), and Blasphemy and the Law (2000) and co-author of Sport and the Law (2004). He is Director of the Master of Laws degree programme at Trinity.

Dr. Ciaran Craven is a practising barrister. He lectures in Medical Law on the LL.M. degree programme at Trinity College Dublin. He is the co-editor (with William Binchy) of Medical Negligence Litigation: Emerging Issues and The Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004: Implications for Personal Injury Litigation and co-author of Psychiatry and the Law. He is co-editor of the Quarterly Review of Tort Law.

Dr. Des Ryan LL.B., B.C.L., M.A., Ph.D., B.L. lectures in Legal Systems and Employment Law at Trinity College Dublin. He has published widely on tort law in a number of journals. He is co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (Clarus Press, 2009) and is co-editor of the Employment Law Review (First Law), a quarterly publication dedicated to analysing significant developments in Irish and European Employment Law. He is also a contributor to the recently published collection Medical Negligence: Emerging Issues (Prof. William Binchy and Dr. Ciaran Craven, eds). He is a qualified barrister.

John Scheid is Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School, Chicago. He is an expert in Tort Law, Medical Liability and Product Liability. He has lectured and written widely on Medical Malpractice and has published on the subject in the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland.

John Smith II is a partner in the Chicago law firm of Pretzel & Stouffer. He has particular expertise in litigation in relation to medical malpractice and hospital liability. He is the author of several works on the subject, including Preparation of Defendant’s Case in Medical and Hospital Negligence.

The panel of speakers will be joined at the question and discussion session by:

Devon Bruce is a trial lawyer at the firm of Power Rogers and Smith in Chicago where he practises exclusively on behalf of the plaintiff. The eleven member of Power Rogers and Smith firm has repeatedly been ranked number one in Illinois in annual surveys by the Chicago Lawyer magazine for obtaining the most settlements or verdicts. He also serves as an adjuct Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

The Honorable William D. Maddux is Presiding Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, located in Chicago, Illinois. Judge Maddux was elevated to the Presiding Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2001. Judge Maddux is a very accomplished trial lawyer, author and lecturer with extensive experience in medical malpractice litigation, both as a trial lawyer and as a Judge.


Reservations and Fees


€150 per person

Group Rates: €270 for 2; €380 for 3; €480 for 4 and €560 for 5 Reduced Rate:** : €120

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€110 - Individuals; €75 Asssociates;

Corporate Group Rates: €200 for 2; €285 for 3; €360 for 4 and €560 for 5

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All Cheques should be made payable to TCD No. 1 Account and returned to the address below


Please complete the booking form and return to:

CPD Conference Programmes, School of Law,
House 39, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Contacts: Conference Reservations: Telephone Catherine or Kelley at (01) 896 2367 / +353 1 896 2772;
Fax Number: (01) 677 0449; Email:


CPD Hours/Points

3 1/4 hours/points Certificates of attendance will be forwarded after the conference.


* this rate also applies if you would like to attend two currently scheduled conferences.

** for barristers or five years standing or less and trainee solicitors

*** for members of the TCD CPD Conference Programme.