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Recent Developments in Tort Litigation Conference

Hosted by the Law School, Trinity College Dublin.

Saturday 3 December 2022

Date of Event: Saturday, 03 December 2022
Time: 9.30 am - 1.30 pm
CPD Hours/Points: 3.5 points
Venue: JM Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

With the return to the bustle of practice within the courts after the Covid pandemic, it is time to review how tort litigation has developed over the past couple of years. A great deal has happened. The Personal Injuries Guidelines have entered into force. The courts have handed down hugely important decisions on damages, nervous shock claims, the requirements when pleading a case, the defendant’s obligations when putting forward a section 26 defence, the duty of care of public authorities, the scope of the nonfeasance rule for highway authorities, suing clubs, appeals from jury awards in defamation claims, professional negligence and the application of the Statute of Limitations to tort claims.

Programme of Events

9.00 Registration
9.30 - 10.00 Recent Developments in Employers' Liability - (Professor Desmond Ryan)
10.00 - 10.30 Recent Developments in Defamation Litigation - (Professor Neville Cox)
10.30 - 11.00 Fatal Accidents Litigation, Special Damages and Claims for Loss of Consortium: Recent Developments - (Dr. Ciaran Craven Senior Counsel)
11.00 - 11.30 Tea / Coffee
11.30 - 12.00 The Statute of Limitations and Tort Litigation: Recent Developments - (Ellen Gleeson)
12.00 - 12.30 Practice and Procedure in Tort Litigation: Recent Developments - (Sarah Reid)
12.30 - 13.00 The Duty of Care, Occupiers’ Lability, Public Authorities and Damages Awards: Recent Developments (William Binchy)
13.00 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion

* The right to substitute lecturers / lectures is reserved.


  • William Binchy is a practicing Barrister, lecturing on the LLM Degree programme at Trinity College Dublin. He is co-author, with Bryan McMahon, of books on torts and co-editor, with John Ahern, of a book on the Rome II Regulation.

  • Neville Cox is a barrister and Professor in Law in Trinity College Dublin where is also currently the university registrar. He is the author of eight books most recently, with Eoin McCullough SC Defamation Law and Practice (2nd ed 2022) and, with Val Corbett and Mark Connaughton SC, Employment Law in Ireland (2nd ed, 2022). He is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles in law journals.

  • Dr. Ciaran Craven is a Senior Counsel. He is co-author of books on tort litigation, medical negligence and psychiatry and the law.

  • Ellen Gleeson is a barrister who has been in practice at the Bar for 16 years. Medical Negligence litigation is one of her areas of practice and she has published previously on limitation of actions in tort litigation.

  • Sarah Reid is a practicing barrister, lecturer and legal consultant to the public sector. She is the author of two academic texts with Roundhall (The Devils Handbook and Criminal Law: Exam focus) and has produced two podcasts on legal affairs. Since joining the Bar in 2008, Sarah has focused her practice in the area of medical negligence and medical devices. She speaks regularly at conferences and has been appointed as advisory counsel to the Oireachtas on two occasions advising Dail & Seanad Committees on legislation.

  • Dr. Desmond Ryan, BL, is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin and a practicing barrister. His principal areas of research interest are in Employment Law and Tort Law, with a particular emphasis on the contract of employment, vicarious liability and dismissal law. He has published widely in journals including The Cambridge Law Journal, Professional Negligence, The Modern Law Review, The Civil Justice Quarterly, Legal Studies, The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, the Dublin University Law Journal, the Irish Employment Law Journal and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly.

Reservations / Fees

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Fees: Fees are inclusive of tea/coffee/lunch breaks.

Recent Developments in Tort Litigation

  • €150 per person.
  • €100 per person for trainee solicitors, or barristers called to the Bar within the past 5 years.

Irish Supreme Court Review

  • €180 per person.
  • €120 per person for trainee solicitors, or barristers called to the Bar within the past 5 years.

Both Conferences

  • €300 per person.
  • €200 per person for trainee solicitors, or barristers called to the Bar within the past 5 years.

*Group rate if attending more than one conference includes a 10% discount.