05/06/2019 9:15 AM

The spotlight on inquests - the law and empathy


05/06/2019 9:15 AM - 1:30 PM GMT


Kennedys 35 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 3PU


We are delighted to be holding our inquests, claims and learning forum in Birmingham on Wednesday 5 June 2019. 

The forum will include a legal update with practical guidance for those representing hospitals at inquests. There will be a special focus on the deceased's family and loved ones and the importance of empathy.

Guest speakers: 

Dr Bridget Dolan QC, Barrister at Serjeants' Inn 

Dr Bridget Dolan QC will provide a legal and practical update on the law, with her specialist knowledge of Coronial Law coming from both sides of the bench. As well as sitting as an Assistant Coroner in West Sussex her practice at the bar covers the entire range of heavyweight cases that come before a Coroner. 

In addition to representing interested persons at inquests Bridget has also acted for the Judge and Coroner as a Counsel to the inquests following the killing of forty men by Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Algeria, the deaths of three trainees at Deepcut Barracks and currently the eleven deaths in the Shoreham Air Show crash. She is particularly sought after when public bodies are facing difficult and searching inquiries. 

Carolyn Cleveland, Founder and Managing Director of Empathy Training Limited 

Carolyn will share her personal experience and provide training on empathy and emotions. Carolyn experienced the loss of a child and found many of the systems did not grasp her emotional experience, motivations and needs following her tragic loss, causing further unnecessary harm. 

Carolyn will be talking about her direct experience of patient safety, poor communications, the inquest system and the NHS complaints process. Carolyn works with many hospital trusts and organisations and is also part of the National Coroner Officer's Training Programme. She is passionate about taking empathy out of the text book and into real life application to promote long term change. 

If you would like to register your interest, please contact our events team. 

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  • 09:15

    Registration and breakfast

  • 10:00

    Christopher Malla, Partner, Kennedys 

  • 10:10

    Inquests after hospital deaths - knowing the nutshells
    Dr Bridget Dolan QC, Barrister, Serjeants' Inn

  • 11:10

    The importance of thinking of the family and loved ones when representing a hospital at an Inquest
    Carolyn Cleveland, Founder and Managing Director, Empathy Training Limited

  • 12:15

    Event closes 

Kennedys Birmingham

35 Newhall Street 
B3 3PU