A last-minute guest speaker saved the day at the December Brainwaves session when Mr Gerard McDermott, QC, stepped in to give the talk when the original legal speaker was called away to Court.
Over 60 people packed in to Hollinwood Business Centre, Oldham on Thursday 12th December to hear the illustrious speaker present on ‘Are your Clinical Notes Fit for Court? A Barrister’s Perspective’ and discuss the relationship between case managers and lawyers, and how to prepare for Court.
Complex Personal Injury Cases
Gerard is the Co-Director of Gerard McDermott QC Ltd and undertakes the most. He represents clients with a whole range of injuries arising from medical malpractice, product defects or road traffic accidents.
Much of Gerard’s work is international in nature and he is regularly instructed to lead in cases all over England, Wales, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Malta and elsewhere. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association and qualified as an Attorney in New York in 1990.
Gerard was also Lead Counsel for the Health Authority in the Shipman Inquiry. He was named Personal Injury Silk of the Year in 2012. Chambers and Partners 2016 recognised him as a ‘Star Individual’ and ‘one of the very best personal injury barristers in the country’ who ‘on foreign cases is nothing short of excellent.’
Community of Professionals
Colin Green, Clinical Director of Physio Matters said: “We were thrilled to have such a prestigious speaker come to Brainwaves. It shows how much the sessions have progressed over the last 2 years. We have built up a strong community who meet regularly through Brainwaves, and our mailing list has 150 contacts who have attended the sessions. It was good to hear Gerard McDermott say he was keen to come to speak again in the future.”
“We are looking forward to unveiling our 2020 programme of speakers in the New Year,” added Colin, “and announcing the topic for our second Brainwaves Conference held in the Spring.”
Trial Tips for Case Managers
Gerard also gave a range of trial tips for case managers, advising them that:
- preparation is key
- to find out what the issues are in a case and how evidence might be relevant
- to decide on what points they want to make before the trial
- to speak to the legal team beforehand about any concerns
- and to prepare to be at Court for the duration of the trial.
Gerard explained: “Case management is a clinical role not a litigation role. Boundaries are essential. Lawyers are there to give legal advice, and case managers must take care in how they reiterate that legal advice to their clients.”
He also outlined what lawyers expect from case managers, including developing a plan for their client, acting as an advocate, helping their client manage the litigation process, managing the care regime and sometimes simply just being there to reassure the client.
Brainwaves was formed by Colin Green of Physio Matters Neurological Ltd and Louise Sheffield of Active Case Management Ltd to provide interdisciplinary training sessions for professionals working in brain injury rehabilitation. Sessions are free and held every 2 months at Hollinwood Business Centre in Oldham.
Open to therapists, case managers, social workers, support workers, lawyers and anyone working in the field of acquired brain injury, Brainwaves shares informal clinical training. This covers clinical topics such as HCPC audit process, insight after brain injury, serial casting, hydrotherapy, and many more.
The next free Brainwaves event is on Thursday 27 February 2020 with Sian Riley, Red Pepper Nutrition; Colin Green, Physio Matters; and Gavin Newby, Newby Psychological covering the topic ‘Rehabilitation Matters – Interdisciplinary Clinic for Rehab Potential’. The session will run from 11:00am – 12:30pm.
To find out more and to reserve your free place: