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'Law at the End of Life' Conference

How does the law impact on care at the end of life?

Date: 7th July 2016 (9.00 - 17.00)

Venue: University of Worcester Arena

'Law at the End of Life' flyer [PDF]

The Second Annual Medio-Legal Conference for practitioners, academics and researchers in law, health and social care will be hosted by the University of Worcester in association with the Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society. A panel of experts will lead a range of presentations and workshops considering the complex legal issues which may impact on clinical decision making as patients approach the end of life. Confirmed speakers include:

Sir Mark Hedley

Sir Mark Hedley is a former High Court judge who passed judgment on high profile cases in the field of criminal, family, end of life, medical, and mental capacity law. In 2004 Sir Mark ruled in the case of the premature baby Charlotte Wyatt – deciding that her life support machines should be turned off. Sir Mark made history as the first judge to allow journalists into the Court of Protection in 2010, and has been recognised as being key to the opening up of what had generally been regarded as a ‘secret’ court to media scrutiny. Sir Mark was appointed a judge of the High Court of Justice (Family Div) in 2002 (retired in 2013), and is a visiting lecturer for the Judicial College and Honorary Professor of Law at Liverpool Hope University

Alex Ruck-Keene

Alex has been a leading expert in the field of mental capacity law for several years, appearing in cases involving the MCA 2005 at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court, appearing for the Interveners (The Intensive Care Society and the Facility for Intensive Care Medicine) in Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Respondent) v James (Appellant) [2013] UKSC 67 [2013] 3 WLR 1299. He also writes extensively about mental capacity law and policy, works to which he has contributed including ‘The Court of Protection Handbook’, ‘The International Protection of Adults’ (forthcoming, 2014, Oxford University Press), Jordan’s ‘Court of Protection Practice’ and the third edition of ‘Assessment of Mental Capacity’ (Law Society/BMA 2009). He is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester, and the creator of the website

Dr Sam Guglani

Dr Sam Guglani is a consultant clinical oncologist in Cheltenham, specialising in the treatment of lung and brain malignancies, and is Chair of the hospital Law & Ethics group.  He has Masters degrees in Ethics (Keele, 2009) and Creative Writing (Oxford, 2014).  His monthly column for the Lancet - titled 'The Notes' - started in 2016.  He is Director and Curator of Medicine Unboxed, which he founded in 2009 to engage health professionals and the public in conversation and debate around medicine, morality and human values - illuminated through the arts (


Certificates of attendance will be provided for professional CPD purposes.

Bookings: £100

The 2015 Conference was fully booked, so to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ rate, book now or contact Esther Dobson (email: tel: 01905 54(2711)

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