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


Accredited by APIL Training  /  Level: Litigator & Snr Litigator  /  CPD HRS: 5.5

Please note: the supporting materials for this event will be supplied electronically only. An attachment or 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, Deans Court

  • 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, FRCS

  • 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)

The duties of occupiers in tort and contract: squeezing the asbestos liability pips ~ Michael Rawlinson QC, Kings Chambers

  • Where the employer of a victim can no longer be traced are we fully analysing how the occupier can be made to compensate?


Occupational Dermatitis for Lawyers ~ Dr Paul August, FRCP

  • Definitions
  • Classification
  • Illustrations
  • Causation
  • High risk occupations
  • Diagnostic methods
  • Prognosis
  • PPE
  • Loss of facult

Update on Limitation ~ Ruwena Khan, Zenith Chambers

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


Pitfalls in the assessment and diagnosis of HAVS/CTS ~ Mr Ray Cuschieri, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Overlap of symptoms
  • Causation issues


Summary & thanks ~Judge Lee Jenkinson

Speaker Biographies

Dr Paul August was formerly Consultant Dermatologist employed by Salford Royal Hospitals Trust for 35 years with extensive experience in general dermatology, medico-legal work, medical negligence work, contact dermatitis and personal injury. Qualified in 1967, he was appointed as Consultant Dermatologist to Salford Royal Hospitals Trust, the main undergraduate teaching centre for dermatology in Manchester. Paul has extensive experience of general dermatology & laser surgery and extensive experience of medico-legal matters, including personal injury, negligence, occupational dermatoses on behalf of plaintiff and defendant.

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.

Mr Ray Cuschieri MD ChM Med FRCS (Edin &Eng) qualified at the Royal University of Malta in 1975 and after postgraduate studies in Liverpool and Glasgow was appointed Consultant in Vascular Surgery at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 1989. He was Clinical Director of Surgery at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Trust and also held the post of Associate Dean with the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. He is currently Director of the Abdominal Aneurysm Screening Programme for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. He is also Deputy Medical Director at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals where in his Clinical Governance role he chairs a number of Trust committees such as Patient Safety Review Group, Audit and Effectiveness Committee, Serious Incident Panel and Learning from Deaths Group.

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.

Judge Lee Jenkinson graduated from Liverpool University in 1990. He was a solicitor with Hill Dickinson from 1993, becoming a partner in 1998, before joining 7 Harrington Street Chambers in 2001 on transfer to the bar. His practice, as both a solicitor and as a barrister, was primarily personal injury litigation. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2003, and as a District Judge in 2013.

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.

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.

Michael Rawlinson QC is one of the pre-eminent silks of his generation within the field of asbestos litigation and other cases involving toxic exposure.   Michael has been involved in several landmark cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court including Fairchild and the the Pleural Plaques litigation.   Michael has over the last two years been at the very forefront of the development of the law surrounding the funding of immunotherapy for mesothelioma victims.   Michael is in 2019 nominated by chambers and partners in the category of Personal Injury Barrister of the year.


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