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The Spinal Sessions; Cauda Equina Syndrome – Talk 4: A legal update on cauda claim catastrophes – committals for contempt of court!

Outer Temple Chambers hosted a conference on spinal injury, focusing on Cauda Equina Syndrome on Thursday 23rd June 2022. The fourth in a series of five talks was by Tom Gibson, who gave a legal update on cauda equina claim catastrophes.

Outer Temple Chambers hosted a series of talks and discussions on spinal injury related topics. These were chaired by Eliot Woolf QC. The webinar was held on Thursday 23rd June 2022. The Spinal Sessions focused on the topic of Cauda Equina Syndrome.

The fourth talk of the day was by Outer Temple’s Tom Gibson, who gave a legal update on cauda claim catastrophes.

Tom Gibson looks at two case studies with in his presentation; ‘Calderdale and Huddersfield v Metcalf’ and ‘North Bristol v White’. In these two cases, the claimants were found in contempt of court for making false claims. Tom looks at the facts, the claim and the outcomes of each.

Cauda Equina claim catastrophes – committals for contempt of court

To see the presentation slides from this talk please click here.

Watch the full video of Talk 4 below:

Other speakers included John Leach (Consultant Neurosurgeon), Dr Naveen Kumar (Consultant in Neurorehabilitation), Maggie Sargent and Gill Creighton (Care and Case Management Specialists) of Maggie Sargent & Associates. Outer Temple Chambers’ speakers also included Jonathan Hand QC and Daniel Clarke.

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Eliot Woolf QC chaired this event. He 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.

To find out more, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)20 7427 4907 or Chris Rowe on +44 (0)20 7427 4911 for a confidential discussion.

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.

Tom has a First Class Maths degree from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.  He completed his GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in London.

To find out more, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)20 7427 4907 or Mark Gardner on +44 (0)20 7427 4909 for a confidential discussion.

Webinars & Recordings 4 Jul, 2022


Eliot Woolf KC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2018

Tom Gibson

Call: 2010

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