HH Judge Nigel Bird
Session at 9.20am
HHJ Nigel Bird is the Designated Civil Judge for Greater Manchester. Judge Bird was called to the Bar in 1991 and a member of Kings’ Chambers. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2008, a Circuit Judge in 2011 and a Specialist Circuit Judge in 2013. He took up his present post in January 2018. He is heavily involved in the process of Reform, is a member of the civil Judicial Engagement Group and a member of the Civil Executive Team. He was a member of Lord Briggs’ working group for the Civil Court Structural Review and chairs the Greater Manchester Local Leadership Group. He is a contributing editor of the White Book and a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee.
The New Claims Landscape – the story so far
Stakeholder Panel Discussion at 10am
David Parkin – Deputy Director for Civil Justice and Law Policy, Ministry of Justice
David is the lead policy official for civil justice and headed the team that introduced the whiplash reforms in the Civil Liability Act 2018. He has had a long and varied career in government policy, including crime, prisons, probation, mental health, legal aid and charities.
Mark Shepherd, Assistant Director, Head of General Insurance Policy, ABI
Mark leads the UK insurance industry’s policy on a range of cross-cutting General Insurance issues, responsible for all matters affecting General Insurance reputation, civil justice reforms, motor insurance, property insurance, cyber insurance, travel insurance, liability insurance and trade credit insurance.
David Bott, Senior Partner, Bott & Co
David is a past president of APIL. He has been involved with the Claims Portal since its inception until 2019 and is the APIL representative on the MedCo Board.
Martin Heskins, Executive Chair, MedCo
Martin Heskins became the General Manager of MedCo Registration Solutions Ltd in December 2015 upon his retirement from the Law Society where he was the Civil Justice Policy Adviser for 11 years. He subsequently took over the role of Chair of MedCo in December 2016.
Lizzie Iron, Head of Service, Support Through Court
Support Through Court is a charity which helps litigants in person to represent themselves to the best of their abilities through procedures in the civil and family courts. Lizzie is also a lay member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, has been involved with the plans for Whiplash Reforms for the past 3+ years, and is one of the 3rd Sector representatives on the OIC Advisory Group.
Collision Investigation: Searching for the order within the chaos
Session at 11.20am
Stephen is the Principal Consultant at FCIR Ltd. and oversees a team of Collision Investigators that reconstruct several hundred road traffic collisions every year, in both Criminal and Civil cases.
Having initially trained as an engineer, Stephen commenced his career within this specialist field as a Police Forensic Collision Investigator in the Metropolitan Police in 2008. This was at a time where CCTV was becoming more widely available to both industry and the wider public, and was an evidential source that was rapidly becoming more dominate in investigations in such an urban environment.
These rapid technological advances in surveillance were also accompanied by notable advances in vehicle technology where vehicle safety systems, such as traction control, were supplementing driver control inputs in emergency situations. This was changing the type of evidence Forensic Collision Investigators were seeing at collision scenes and impacting on reconstruction techniques that had been routinely used for decades prior.
It is these continuing advancements that motivates Stephen to research and develop techniques in areas such as CCTV analysis, the effects of new road surfaces on tyre grip, and high-speed vehicle collisions, in order to refine the information that can be obtained from any collision scene evidence, as ultimately it is the collision scene evidence that will be the key to unlocking what happened in a collision.
Fundamental Dishonesty: Reducing the Risks
Session at 11.55am
Chris is a Barrister at St John’s Buildings. He specialises in personal injury work, a considerable proportion of which relates to road traffic accidents. Acting for both Claimants and Defendants alike he regularly defends and advances Fundamental Dishonesty allegations through pleadings and then at trial. As such, he is well placed to discuss the errors and oversights of both Claimant and Solicitor he observes on a near weekly basis that lead to allegations of, and sometimes findings of, Fundament Dishonesty.
Managing staff and hybrid working
Session at 1.10pm
Coping with the hybrid model of working
Session at 3.40pm
Mary is Director Training & Education at LawCare, who she joined in 2008.
She formerly worked as a corporate lawyer until 2000, when she changed career to work as a Regional Manager for the Law Society. Prior to law, Mary was an inner-city teacher in London and also worked as a university lecturer.
Mary moved to the South West of England in 1996. In 2017 she qualified as a BACP Counsellor inspired by her LawCare helpline work. Away from LawCare Mary enjoys walking, writing poetry, being a trustee for Beaford Arts and voluntary counselling for Young Devon.
Dr Tim Nicholson
Functional Neurological Disorder
Dr Tim Nicholson is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. He is also an Honorary consultant Neuropsychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His clinical work has largely been focused on Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) but has recently been involved in setting up and running Long COVID clinics at King’s College Hospital.
His academic work has predominantly been on mechanisms, treatments and outcome measures in Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) but he also has a longstanding interest in the biological causes of psychiatric symptoms, including immunopsychiatry. However, his recent focus has been on the full spectrum of neuropsychiatric symptoms and disorder resulting from COVID-19.
He is on the executive committee of the faculty of neuropsychiatry of the RCPsych, the British Neuropsychiatry Association and the council of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. He is director of the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry at the IoPPN.
The New Claims Landscape – How is it working in practice?
Session at 2.20pm
Alan Hayes, Chief Legal Officer, Carpenters Group
Alan has been part of the Executive Team at Carpenters since 2004. Over that period Alan has worked with Carpenters’ insurance partners to provide an efficient, high quality service to both commercial and individual clients. His focus has been on delivering innovative and effective solutions to the challenges faced by the industry, ensuring that the individual customer remains at the centre of the process.
Michael King, National Third Party Claims Strategy Manager, LV Insurance
Michael is a claims expert who first joined the insurance industry in 1997 and has worked in claims for the majority of that 24 year period in a variety of roles including operational leadership, technical claims handling and head office roles. His background is mainly in Motor and Casualty injury and Third Party property claims but Michael has also worked on Home, Pet and Commercial Property claims during his career.
Session at 4.15pm
Nicholas is a member of the personal injury and clinical negligence team at Kings Chambers with a growing reputation amongst professional colleagues including instructing solicitors and fellow barristers for his ability to win difficult cases. Ranked as Rising Star in the Legal 500 directory, Nicholas is one of the ‘go-to’ juniors for claimant injury work in the Midlands successfully representing clients in cases with a high degree of complexity or value. Nicholas is often praised for his strong work ethic and a friendly approach including his ability to connect with both professional and lay-clients on a personal level. Nicholas is passionate about access to justice and takes pride in making sure that every case is managed to the highest possible standard with no detail left to chance.