Gross negligence manslaughter in medical practice: where are we now?

Starts: 19/09/2019 16:00 - 18:00
020 7822 1900

We are pleased to announce the dates for our upcoming autumn 2019 healthcare training programme, including details for our first session in September; Gross negligence manslaughter in medical practice: where are we now?

On Thursday 19 September 2019 we will welcome both Mr Leslie Hamilton and Mr Ian Stern QC who will cover the issues from both medical and legal perspectives. 

The seminar will include discussion of the following issues:  

  • Why did the GMC commission a "GNM Review"?
  • Does the criminal law on GNM make healthcare safer for patients?
  • A "just culture": suggestions for improvement
  • A practical guide to approaching a GNM prosecution from the defence perspective
  • How do the Williams / GMC Reviews impact on the defence of GNM prosecutions?

An independent report into gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) and culpable homicide in medical practice, commissioned by the General Medical Council, was published in June 2019. The report was commissioned in response to the perceived vulnerability of the medical profession to these criminal charges and was chaired by Mr Leslie Hamilton, Assistant Coroner and former leading consultant cardiac surgeon. 

The report provides wide-ranging recommendations which encompass organisations from the GMC itself to healthcare providers, coroners, the police/Crown Prosecution Service and lawyers. Whilst the report does not explore any individual GNM cases in detail it does make reference to specific GNM prosecutions against doctors, a number of which have been defended by Ian Stern QC of 2 Bedford Row, who was also Vice-Chair to Professor Sir Norman Williams’ review of GNM in healthcare, commissioned by the government and published in June 2018. 


4:00pm Registration
4:15pm Start
6:00pm Networking drinks and canapes

Booking is essential, so please follow complete the form at the bottom of this page to secure your place. Please note the earlier start time than usual to ensure there is sufficient time for questions and discussion. 

Dates for the other seminars in our programme can be found at the bottom of this invitation.

Save the date

Following our September seminar will be two more sessions this year.  All seminars will take place at Weightmans' London office.

  • 17 October - Rehabilitation in medical negligence cases
  • 21 November - TBC

Further details on these sessions will be provided over the coming months.

For more information, please contact Alex Cain, Campaigns Executive, at

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