Experts Forum: Developments in Brain Injury Litigation

Date: Tue November 22, 2016 at 18:30 | CPD Hours: 1.5
Location: Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL, United Kingdom

Part One – Developments in brain injury litigation

This seminar is the first in a series of seminars which explore the expert’s perspective on a range of topics. Part one will look at the developments in brain injury litigation.


Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 18:30 – 20:30

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Registration will be from 18:30 for a 18:45 start.

This seminar will take the form of a multi-disciplinary panel discussion with experts providing specialist perspectives on issues relating to brain injury litigation.

  • Dr Steven Allder will discuss developments in brain scanning and the legal and medical implications of subtle brain injuries. This will include how assessments are carried out and how the latest scanning technology and research may affect the way in which brain injuries are understood and treated.
  • Brian Bacon will discuss the practicalities of the role of a Deputy in brain injury cases and the role of personal injury trusts as well as looking at concerns of the Court of Protection with regards to decisions concerning care regimes and how the reality for a Deputy post-litigation compares to the way that claims are typically advanced.
  • Daniel Friedman will examine what neuropsychological evaluations consist of, what symptom validity testing is able to tell us and what the best forms of rehabilitation are. He will also discuss specific case examples.


Dr Steven Allder is a Consultant Neurologist. He has particular experience in using his clinical expertise to focus on the assessment of patients with traumatic brain injury.  He has also established the first emotion focused service for medically unexplained neurological symptoms.  Alongside this clinical work, Steve is embarking on a research project looking at the long term impact of autonomic responses provoked by acute traumatic injuries; specifically, how certain autonomic responses to acute trauma set up changes in underlying brain networks that create and maintain long term neurological and pain syndromes.

Brian Bacon is Partner and Court of Protection Deputy at Thomson Snell and Passmore. For over 17 years, Brian has practised solely in the area of private client work, and for many years has specialised in Court of Protection practice. His specialism is in acting as a financial Deputy in high value catastrophic injury cases, and he has a particular interest in working with people who lack capacity due to an acquired brain injury, or injury suffered at birth. Brian also acts as a trustee in a number of personal injury trusts. He acts and advises in Court of Protection cases where both solicitors and non-solicitors have been appointed as Deputy.

Daniel Friedman is a Neuropsychologist. He has been working in Neurorehabilitation since 1999. He has particular experience in setting up and running community rehabilitation teams treating traumatic brain injury. Daniel ran a NHS community TBI service for 7 years. This gave him a comprehensive overview of the outcome following TBI. He currently provides neuropsychology input in a Neurology led TBI Service at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London. He also runs a Neurorehabilitation clinic at P.P.C.S., a private service provider.

Chair: Alan Jeffreys QC is a specialist in all aspects of personal injury litigation, and has an interest in professional negligence, product liability, and health & safety. His practice involves a large proportion of catastrophic injury cases with a concentration upon brain damage. Complex causation (both clinical and factual), accident reconstruction and mechanical defect cases are all areas of continuing particular interest.

To book a place, please email Sehrish Javid.