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Event: The Spinal Sessions Part 1; Cauda Equina Syndrome – 23rd June 2022

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for the first in a series of seminars and discussions on spinal injury related topics on Thursday 23rd June. Part 1 will focus on Cauda Equina Syndrome.

You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers and our esteemed guests for an afternoon of talks on Cauda Equina Syndrome. As well as a series of talks by our members we look forward to welcoming John Leach (Consultant Neurosurgeon), Dr Naveen Kumar (Consultant in Neurorehabilitation), and Maggie Sargent and Gill Creighton (Care and Case Management Specialists) of Maggie Sargent & Associates.

Book your place

This event, originally planned as a hybrid event, will now be offered as a virtual event due to the impending national rail strike on the same day:
1.30pm – 5pm
Thursday 23rd June 2022

Zoom joining details will be sent with your booking confirmation.

Please note, the talks at this event will be recorded for on-demand viewing.

Book your place online here.

About the speakers

Eliot Woolf QC specialises exclusively in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury (domestic and international). His Clinical Negligence practice is wide ranging, representing both claimants and defendants. His Personal Injury work has a focus on catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, military claims and foreign accident / group illness claims.

He is regularly ranked as a Leading Individual in each of his practice areas in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Jonathan Hand QC specialises in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury work.

He has wide-ranging experience across both these fields, and acts for a mix of Claimant and Defendant clients. Much of his work involves catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as fatal accident claims.

He has a particular specialism in equine and other animal related litigation, and is well-known for his expertise in this area.

Other aspects of his practice include representation at Inquests and Professional Negligence claims arising out of the conduct of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Litigation.

Jonathan is ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading silk in both Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.

Daniel Clarke practises in Personal Injury. He has a particular specialism in cases with an international element, including claims raising conflicts and jurisdictional issues. He also has experience of acting in claims in other jurisdictions, including in the Privy Council and in Jersey.

He undertakes clinical negligence work for both claimants and defendants and receives regular instructions from NHS Trusts. His practice also includes industrial disease, historic sex abuse, RTAs, and employers’ liability.

He is an accredited mediator.

Tom Gibson specialises in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury – and has done so since joining Outer Temple Chambers in 2011.  He does a good balance of claimant and defendant work.

Tom is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2010 before transferring to the Bar.

Before joining Outer Temple, Tom was a Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ (as she then was) at the Court of Appeal during 2010-11.

Tom has undertaken pro bono work for AvMA, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Law Society’s LawWorks Mediation Scheme, and the FRU.  He appeared pro bono in the Court of Appeal, as sole counsel, for the successful appellant in Duffy v George [2013] EWCA Civ 908.

John Leach is a Consultant Neurosurgeon with sub-specialty interests in spinal surgery, including tumours. He has a particular expertise in neck conditions including neck and arm pain, disc prolapse, cervical fusion and cervical disc replacement. He commonly performs operations for lumbar disc prolapse and spinal stenosis.

John believes in a multidisciplinary approach to spinal problems. Surgery can often be avoided and, where it is necessary, should be done in the safest and least invasive way possible. The development of navigated spinal surgery and use of intraoperative spinal cord monitoring for spinal decompression surgery are two of the patient safety advances that he has been developing recently in Manchester.

John is committed to surgical education through training fellowships and surgeon instructional courses and to clinical research into spinal disorders. He is the sub-specialty lead of the busiest spinal neurosurgery unit in the UK and Clinical Chair of the North West Regional Spinal Network.

Dr Naveen Kumar is Consultant in Spinal Injuries at MCSI based at Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry – an internationally recognised centre of excellence for managing Musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Kumar has published several papers in peer reviewed journals on different studies including randomised controlled trials, outcome measures, epidemiology, natural history and outcome of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries. He has authored chapters on Spinal Cord Injuries, delivered lectures and presented numerous papers. He is also a committee member of various national and international learned societies.

Dr Kumar has been British Association of Spinal Cord Injury Specialists elected representative for UK Spinal Cord Injury Research Network and also national expert reviewer for Warwick Medical University Research Projects.

Maggie Sargent is a Registered General Nurse. She trained at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, and has over 30 years’ of experience of caring for patients both in hospitals and within the community.

Maggie is currently a director of an award-winning national care consultancy and case management company, Community Case Management Services Ltd (CCMS) which offers case management services for clients with profound disability. She case manages clients in the Midlands area and is part of a community rehabilitation project that provides therapy, care, and general rehabilitation, and she finds her current practical experience invaluable in assessing costs of care.

Maggie is actively involved in supporting and mentoring case managers.  They were awarded Rehabilitation Provider Of The Year 2016 at the Personal Injury Legal Awards for innovative work with severely-injured clients.

Further Details

Date: Thursday, 23rd June 2022
Time: 1.30pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Virtual

Book your place online here.
If you require further details please contact

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Eliot Woolf KC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2018

Jonathan Hand KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

Daniel Clarke

Call: 2005

Tom Gibson

Call: 2010

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