The Liver Building

2019 Occupational Disease Conference


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 4th December, 2019

Time: 09:30 - 16:15

Areas of Law: Civil Litigation; Personal Injury

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4156


Full programme details coming soon…

Please note: the supporting materials for this event will be supplied electronically only.

A link will be sent to you via email in advance of the event.

Registration & refreshments

Welcome & introduction ~ Judge Lee Jenkinson

Noise Induced Hearing Loss: Current Controversies and Trends ~ Professor Jarrod Homer

  • Quantification of NIHL
  • Repeat audiology testing
  • What is a material hearing loss?
  • Noise induced tinnitus

How difficult can it be? CPR35 pitfalls, blunders and catastrophes ~ David Boyle

  • Ways in which expert evidence can go wrong
  • The wrong expert for the job
  • The wrong sort of report
  • The wrong sort of approach
  • The wrong evidence given
  • The sanctions to be imposed


Acoustic Shock: An Update ~ Dr Andrew Parker

  • Acoustic Shock is becoming recognised as a form of personal injury and the number of potential claims are increasing
  • This lecture sets out the relevant medical criteria for making the diagnosis with case based discussion
  • Individuals report symptoms from short duration high intensity noise usually from telephone type headsets
  • Symptoms include hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus and an increased awareness of noise (hyperacusis)

TBC: ULD or stress?


Occupational Dermatitis? ~ Dr Paul August

Update on Limitation ~ Ruwena Khan

  • A brief overview of limitation law in occupational disease cases
  • The court’s views on limitation in recent years
  • Limitation survival kit


TBC: stress or immunotherapy?

Summary & thanks ~Judge Lee Jenkinson

Speaker Biographies

David Boyle has 24 years’ experience of personal injury work at Deans Court Chambers in Manchester.  In 2016 he published his first book, “On Experts”, followed by “An Introduction to Personal Injury Law” in 2017.  His third book, “An Introduction to Case Management” will, he assures his publishers, be with them by the time of the conference.  In 2019, he was the first personal injury barrister appointed to the Bar Standards Board’s Associated Pool of Experts (APEX) and is the only civil practitioner currently on the panel, advising the BSB on policy and regulatory matters.  For the last 2½ years he has been heavily involved in the defence of Holiday Sickness claims on behalf of the biggest tour operators in the UK, giving him an unparalleled opportunity to challenge experts both on paper and in cross-examination.  It is that wealth of recent experience combined with some issues arising elsewhere in litigation at the moment, which will form the bedrock of his talk.

Jarrod Homer is a consultant ear, nose and throat / head and neck surgeon and Professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust / University of Manchester.  He was appointed consultant in 2002.  His NHS practice covers ENT with a particular emphasis in head and neck and thyroid cancer / surgery.  He has been very active as a medico-legal expert for 15 years.  His clinical negligence practice covers general ENT and head and neck / thyroid cancer / surgery.  He acts as an expert for the General Medical Council on a regular basis.  His personal injury practice is largely concerned with noise induced hearing loss.

Ruwena Khan of Zenith Chambers is a Legal 500 Leading Junior in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence law, noted for being “highly experienced”, “extremely capable” and with “strong legal knowledge” .  Ruwena was appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the North Eastern Circuit in 2019. She was named Industrial Disease Barrister of the Year by the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2016.  Ruwena has extensive experience in cases involving difficult and complex issues of fraud and causation, including clinical negligence and occupational disease trials requiring cross-examination of medico-legal and engineering experts on both surgical and technical issues.   Alongside her court work she also has a busy paper practice and regularly prepares written advices on liability and quantum and drafts pleadings.”

Mr Andrew Parker is a Consultant ENT surgeon, previously at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and now at Peak Medical Practice in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire. After qualifying from Leeds Medical School in 1981, he undertook Registrar and post-graduate research training in Bristol before becoming Senior Registrar to the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 1988 and then obtaining his Consultant appointment in 1992. He is currently in full time NHS and private practice in the High Peak area of Derbyshire, centred upon Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le Frith. Mr Parker has been Programme Director for the North Trent ENT training rotation and Lead Clinician for Head and Neck Cancer at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. He is a member of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Mr Parker has engaged in busy medico-legal practice from the early 1990s, concentrating on the areas of personal injury, acoustic shock, whiplash, noise induced hearing loss, voice disorder and occupational rhinosinusitis.


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