Learning from gross negligence manslaughter cases

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  • London

Join us on the evening of Thursday 14 March 2019 at The Law Society in London for our consultant event Learning from gross negligence manslaughter cases - an issue of major concern to many doctors at present. 

Hear first-hand from a consultant who was accused, convicted and subsequently exonerated of gross negligence manslaughter. Understand more about the circumstances which led to this and how the legal process unfolded over a number of years. 

Doctors can be subject to multiple investigations from a single incident and need expert support during this stressful time. Senior MDU staff discuss what it takes to successfully defend these cases. 

Take this opportunity to meet with fellow professionals and discuss the concerns these types of cases raise for everyday practice in often complex medical environments.  

Event programme covers

  • Welcome from Dr Christine Tomkins, chief executive, MDU 
  • Ian Barker, MDU senior solicitor discusses gross negligence manslaughter cases.
  • David Sellu, honorary consultant surgeon, describes his journey through a gross negligence manslaughter conviction.
  • Dr Caroline Fryar, MDU head of advisory services is on hand to explain how we support members seeking advice on medical error and multiple jeopardy.
  • Put your questions to the panel. Panel chair: Dinesh Nathwani, consultant orthopaedic surgeon.

Who should attend? 

This event is for consultants and senior ST grade doctors working in the NHS or private practice. Doctors currently on breaks are also welcome to attend.

Earn 2 hours of CPD in the subject area of medical law when accompanied by personal reflection.

Other information

Food and drink will be provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact courses@themdu.com

Plan your visit to The Law Society


Dr Christine Tomkins MDU chief executive

Dr Christine Tomkins

Chief executive of the MDU


Ian Barker

Ian Barker

Ian has been qualified as a solicitor for 30 years. He was formerly a partner at Hempsons, and has been at the MDU now for over 18 years. He developed the specialty of 'white coat crime' and his expertise also includes regulatory work, consent, confidentiality, abortion, assisted conception, and mental health, with an interest in all things pertaining to advisory work.

Dr Caroline Fryar


Head of medico-legal advisory services

Caroline studied medicine at the University of Sheffield then worked as a GP in Cheshire before joining the MDU in 2006. Whilst working at the MDU, Caroline obtained her LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice and is currently studying for an MBA. 

Mr David Sellu

Mr David Sellu

Mr David Sellu was a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Hammersmith Hospital in London but in 2000, he transferred from his academic post to become an NHS consultant general and colorectal surgeon at Ealing Hospital in west London. He gained admitting privileges to the private Clementine Churchill Hospital. In 2010, a patient died under his care at the this private hospital and this event changed the course of his life and career. He will recount the extraordinary events that took place in the course of the talk at the Law Society.

He is now an honorary consultant surgeon at St Mark's Hospital in London. 

Mr Dinesh Nathwani, MBChB FRCS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Dinesh Nathwani, MBChB FRCS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon

Mr Nathwani graduated from Sheffield University Medical School in 1991. His basic and higher surgical training was in the North West Mersey Rotation. He was appointed as a substantive Consultant & Hon Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in 2004, where he is now the Head of Department.

He has 26 years of surgical experience; 15 years of which include trauma and knee reconstruction surgery as a consultant. He is a fellowship trained knee surgeon having completed a Computer Assisted Surgery Fellowship in Perth, Western Australia in 2005. Following this he also completed a fellowship in knee ligament reconstruction and unicompartmental knee replacement in Sydney, Australia.

His area of special interest is in knee reconstruction both acute soft tissue and bone conserving arthroplasty using computer navigated and robotic surgery. He has pioneered the use of computer assisted navigation and robotics techniques and implant design and total knee replacements in the UK.

Thursday 14 March 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM London

Location map
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL


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