PIBA Annual Conference 2017


*** All rooms for the Annual Conference have now been sold. We are able to offer some day tickets for the Annual Conference - please email admin@piba.org.uk to find out more. ***

*** Update: we may have occasional cancellation rooms available - if you want to join the waiting list, please email admin@piba.org.uk ****


Here is the programme for the 2017 Annual Conference, which runs from the evening of March 31 to lunchtime on 2 April 2017.

Please note that as St Catherine's College has another event on that weekend, you may be allocated a room in a nearby College but certainly within 10 minutes' walk. Allocations will take place when we know final numbers.

The Conference programme is as follows below. 

You will no doubt already be aware of the new CPD requirements which start in January, including the new areas of your practice which must be covered by CPD. We are pleased to announce that we have 2 more confirmed speakers: Theo Huckle QC who will be covering aspects of practice management and Tracy Norris Evans from Royds Withy King who will be talking on ‘working with clients’. These talks are of course geared to assisting you in meeting the new requirements from the BSB.

There will therefore be some changes to the following programme to fit in the new speakers.




Residents check-in

1930– 2000

Drinks reception sponsored by PI Calculator





0800 – 0900

Breakfast (residents only)



Residents Check-in (rooms free from 1400)

0845 – 0910

CPD Registration- and refreshments for those arriving on Saturday morning

0910 – 0945


Rob Weir QC



Chairman’s address 





Lord Hughes

Opening Address

1015 –1100


Dr James Goudkamp

Contributory Negligence in practice

1100 –1120

Coffee break

1120– 1225

Parallel session


Jamie Gillespie of PACE & Dr Jepson (Consultant in Rehab Medicine)

Amputation – differing perspectives (for seniors – precise title TBD)

Simon Levene

Number Crunching: getting Ogden by the throat (for juniors)


Parallel session

Ben Williams QC

Costs (exact title TBD)


Parallel session

Andrew Hogarth QC & Niall Maclean

Low exposure asbestos claims from the claimant’s and defendant’s perspectives

1300 – 1430

Lunch break

1430 –1515

Parallel session

Stephen Gwilym, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Musculoskeletal Pain: Is it all in the head?

District Judge Vincent

Written and oral advocacy before the DJ (for juniors)

1515 –1600

Parallel session

Tudor Phillips, Consultant in Pain medicine

Title TBA – for seniors

Dr Haynes, Consultant Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist v Psychologist - who needs them anyway? (for juniors)


Tea Break

1615 – 1700

Parallel session

Patrick Limb QC

Fraud: the lie of the law - from Anti-surveillance to Zurich v Hayward (for seniors)

Brian McCluggage

Advanced RTA fraud: advocacy, deceit and experts (for juniors)

1700– 1745

AGM and EC meeting


Champagne Reception





0800 –0900


By 1000

Residents checkout

0845 – 0900

CPD Registration

0900 –0930



Liability Update  




Quantum Update

1000 – 1020

Coffee break




Procedural update and Q&A



William Waldron QC

Expert Evidence and how to survive it! – A Junior’s Guide (for juniors)

1110 – 1145


Prof Udo Kischka

Consultant in Neurological Rehabilitation


Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injuries (for seniors)




Simon Kilvington QC

Causation: Material Contribution - Where are We Now? (for seniors)








As in previous years, we will be seeking significant CPD points and the programme will be geared to the new CPD system, too! We anticipate the CPD will be at least 8 hours. CPD Provider number 1728.

Prices: - NOW ALL SOLD OUT - 

Call  Fri to Sun Sat to Sun
Under 3 yrs £125 £90
3 - 9 yrs £175 £125
10+ years £350 £275
Silks £375 £300


Please note that there is an additional £20 discount if you opt to take an electronic bundle!

Please also note that call is by year, not by month within the year (in the same way that we all advertise ourselves as called in a particular year, not a particular month!). We work on a membership year, so Under 3 years' call is call in 2014-16 etc. 

How Do I Buy a Ticket?

Because of the large number of options, there are a large number of fields below. Only 4 should be open to you: depending on whether you are coming for 1 night or 2 nights; and depending on whether you want as paper bundle or not. Please choose carefully. If you feel the wrong ones are available, please email Jo Davies.

Sorry the fields are not necessarily in logical order - we are trying to fix that.

  • You need to be a member of PIBA to buy a ticket. If you want to join, please click "Join PIBA" at the top of any page on the site.
  • You need to have an account on this new website. If you don't have one, setting up an account is really easy - see the the instructions here
  • Log into your account - you will then be able to type into the relevant ticket box(es) below and click 'Purchase Tickets'

If you have any queries or problems or your ticket band is incorrect, please either email Jo Davies, our new PIBA Administrator by clicking here or Andrew Davis, Membership Secretary by clicking here.

Individual tickets should please be bought through this site as it makes our administration much easier.

If you have any special needs / dietary requirements, please email Jo Davies.

All ticket purchases are final.




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Manor Road
Oxford OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom
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