Keynote Speaker

The Honourable Ms. Justice Marie Baker

Our Keynote Speaker this year is The Honourable Ms. Justice Marie Baker of The Court of Appeal.

Legal Module

Roger Murray – Chair
Managing Partner – Callan Tansey Solicitors

Potential Alternatives and Modifications to the Current Adversarial Litigation System.

Sligo-based Managing Partner, Roger Murray, is a recognised leader in the area and is the Head of the firm’s Medical Negligence Department, which has a national reputation for excellence. His Department gets referrals on a nationwide basis.

Eamon Harrington
Comyn, Kelleher Tobin Solicitors

The use of alternative methods of dispute resolution in particular Mediation in the context of Medical Negligence cases.

Eamon is a Partner in Comyn Kelleher Tobin and a CEDR Accredited Mediator. Former Chairman of the Litigation Committee and the ADR Committee of The Law Society, his practice focuses on healthcare law and dispute resolution, with particular experience in handling complex high value claims, including professional negligence, clinical negligence and commercial disputes. He regularly acts nationally as a Mediator and Arbitrator.

Rebecca Ryan
Partner – Matheson Solicitors

The usefulness and applicability of Pre-Action Protocols.

Rebecca is a Partner in the Healthcare Group in Matheson. She has over 20 years’ litigation experience and is a leading lawyer advising clinical practitioners on clinical malpractice, professional negligence, product liability, regulatory proceedings and tribunals of inquiry. Additionally, Rebecca lectures on healthcare related topics and contributes to leading healthcare journals.

Joice Carthy
Partner – Augustus Cullen Law

The requirement for a mandatory “Duty of Candour”.

Joice is the Managing Partner of Augustus Cullen Law, and specialises in Medical Negligence. She has successfully concluded numerous complex and high value High Court Plaintiff medical negligence actions, including many claims relating to birth injuries, acquired brain injuries and spinal injuries. Joice lectures and tutors regularly at The Law Society.

Mary Kirwan
Barrister & Lecturer at The Royal College of Surgeons

Open Disclosure: Expressing regret for what happened, keeping the patient informed, providing feedback in investigations and key steps to be taken to prevent a reoccurence of the adverse event.

Mary is a Barrister & Lecturer at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She teaches medical law on the undergraduate and postgraduate Ethics programme in the RCSI. She is a Dissertation Director for the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law course and provides training seminars in hospitals on issues around Candour.

Patient Module

Niamh Ni Mhurchu – Chair 
Callan Tansey Solicitors – Partner

Supporting patients, understanding their concerns and obtaining answers through the legal process.

Niamh, a Partner in our Sligo office specialises in the area of Professional and Medical Negligence. She has been involved in many high profile cases and has a special expertise in medical cases involving defective medical devices to include hip implants.

Timothy McDonald, MD JD.

Dr. McDonald is President of the Center for Open and Honest Communication at the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety in Washington DC, Professor of Law at Loyola University, and former Chief Safety and Risk Officer at University of Illinois. Dr.McDonald is a physician-attorney and patient safety expert whose research has demonstrated the positive impact of candid, open, and honest communication following patient harm events or medical errors.

The McGrath Family

Matthew is a 15 year old boy who suffered devastating injuries as a baby following treatment which he received at Wexford General Hospital for meningitis. In an out of Court interim settlement in April of 2015, Matthew was in receipt of €3.8 million in damages. Matthew and his family are here to talk about their experience and in particular their experience with the Court system.

Medical Module

David O’Malley – Chair
Callan Tansey Solicitors – Senior Associate

Legal Issues Surrounding Brain Injuries in the Intrauterine/Neonatal Periods.

David is a Senior Associate in the Callan Tansey Medical Negligence Department and heads up our Ballina Office. David has successfully concluded many complex medical negligence cases and has extensive knowledge of catastrophic injuries including Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Injuries.

Donald Campbell
Consultant Neurosurgeon

Management of Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Injury.

A full-time NHS Consultant Neurosurgeon for 12 years and thereafter active in private clinical practice in Harley Street, Donald has extensive experience preparing reports and giving evidence for both Plaintiff and Defendants in Both spinal injuries and neurological/brain injury cases.

Ron Miller
Consultant Urologist

The Urological Consequences of Spinal Injury: Prevention and Management.

Mr Miller has thirty years’ experience in urology. He was Honorary Senior Lecturer Institute of Urology, Head of Department Whittington Hospital, Honorary Consultant UCH and Royal Free Hospitals. He has extensively published with more than 400 scientific presentations. He is an accomplished expert witness preparing hundreds of reports for both Claimants and Defendants. He appears regularly in Courts in Ireland and the UK. He has a special interest in the clinical and medico-legal aspects of Cauda Equina Syndrome.

Hilary Steele
Claims Lead Medical Protection Society, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Proactive ways to improve the Claims Environment: The Defence Experience.

Hilary Steele is a Solicitor Advocate and Claims Lead for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Hilary previously worked in private practice representing members at the GMC, in Fatal Accident Inquiries and in the Court of Session. Hilary joined the Medical Protection Society in 2009 and leads a team of Scottish and Irish lawyers, paralegals, doctors and dentists based in the Edinburgh office. Hilary is currently an MBA candidate with Edinburgh Business School.