North East Claims Seminar

Together we are Forbes

Friday 09 March 2018, Centenary Suite, Newcastle United Football Club, St. James Park, Strawberry Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4ST

The programme is as follows:


Registration - breakfast and networking


Opening Remarks


Fraud Update - Chris Booth, Partner in Forbes and Joint Head of the Insurance Department will provide a review of current judicial thinking in relation to fraudulent claims in the era of fundamental dishonesty.

10.45 to 11.15am

GDPR - Dan Milnes is a Partner and head of the Commercial team at Forbes and has extensive experience in advising public and private sector clients on a wide range of matters including information governance and compliance. GDPR is coming in May and Brexit won't change that. What new risks and liabilities does it create and how will it affect the use and abuse of data protection in litigation? Dan's session provides advice on the transition to GDPR and the latest guidance from the UK and Europe.

11.15 to 11.45am

Coffee Break

11.45 to 12.45pm

Discount Rate Changes and Small Claims Track - Siobhan Hardy is Senior Partner of Forbes Solicitors and Joint Head of the Insurance Department. She will be examining the ongoing impact of the discount rate changes and what the future holds. And at the other end of the spectrum Hayley Lloyd-Henry, Assistant Solicitor with Forbes Solicitors will look at the likely timetable to implementation of changes to the Small Claims Track.

12.45 to 1.30pm


1.30 to 2.15pm

Chronic Pain: conscious exaggeration, credibility, triggers and causation - Ed Broome - Barrister from Crown Office Chambers will use an examination of 2 recent cases to look at what the judges are saying in order to assist Defendants when assessing chronic pain cases.

2.15 to 2.45pm

Coffee Break

2.45 to 3.30pm

Social Service Legal Update - Kella Bower is Head of Forbes Solicitors Abuse team. She will be providing an analysis of the changes to social services liability following the recent cases of Armes v Nottinghamshire CC and CN v Poole BC.

3.30 to 4.00pm

The New Code of Practice - A Bumpy Road Ahead? Nigel McCloy - Associate at Forbes Solicitors - will discuss what challenges Local Authorities may face after their new codes of practice are implemented and offer some hints and tips on what they can do now to minimise the risk to claims defensibility posed by the change.


Q&A and Close


Free, onsite parking is available and can be accessed from Barrack Road. You are permitted to park on Level One only. There is also parking available in the multi-deck car park should the designated parking area be full. There is a charge of 70p per hour to park here.

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