For Lawyers

Reflections on a busy week

This has been of my busiest weeks since I started my Consultancy.

This time last week I was in Manchester presenting a full day training course for Clinical Negligence lawyers. One overriding theme was - Is the Bolam Test dead? I have long thought that it was out of date. It's dominance has been slowly eroded since the Bolitho case in 1996. It was swept aside in consent cases in the famous Montgomery case in 2015 and has been narroed further in more recent cases such as Mueller v Kings College where the court emphasised the difference between a ‘pure diagnosis’ case and a ‘pure treatment’ case, effectively limiting Bolam to decision making…

Over lunch I met with a partner in a large firm discussing our informal mentoring arrangement.

On Monday I was in London presenting my new course on Risk Management and Claims Avoidance in Personal Injury which I unofficially renamed – “How to run PI cases and sleep soundly at night”. We covered everything from under-settlements, Limitation, Sanctions, Service issues, the whiplash ‘reforms’. It was interesting and a bit alarming that we were in the shadow of the Tower of London!

Yesterday, I was at a firm in Bolton having a one to one with the owner of a small firm which specialises in PI. We spent a pleasant morning reviewing and amending all of his retainer documents.

A very busy and productive week all round.


I am happy to talk to lawyers and firms about any of these topics!