Dr Michael Fertleman (Consultant Physician & Barrister)
BA(Law) MA MRCP FFFLM ILTM Of Gray's Inn, Barrister
Michael studied preclinical medicine at Cambridge University and then completed a law degree. He took his clinical studies at Imperial College under a Harmsworth Scholarship. He is now a consultant in general medicine, geriatrics and orthopaedic rehabilitation at St Mary's Hospital, London. Michael is passionate about teaching, has been selected for an Imperial College award for teaching excellence and is a member of the Higher Education Academy.
Michael is the lead clinician for a physician led elderly trauma service at Imperial College within their Academic Health Sciences Centre. He previously set a similar service up at Northwick Park Hospital. He is also a qualified barrister and a specialist in litigation avoidance. He has lectured widely and internationally on a variety of aspects of medical law.
Professor Carol Seymour (Senior Medicolegal Adviser)
Medicolegal Adviser with the Medical Protection Society since October 2003 and since 2015, Senior Medicolegal Adviser. She is also a non-practising Barrister, called to the Bar in 2001. Until October 2003, her previous clinical experience has been as an academic physician, now Emeritus Professor, involved in acute medical intakes and the care of, and research into inborn errors of metabolism, mostly affecting the liver. Previously she was Director for Medical Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge and is still a Fellow of the College; Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School; Foundation Director for Clinical Advice at PHSO and since May 2018, President of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.
Tony Allen (Solicitor & Mediator)
Tony Allen joined CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) as a full-time Director in April 2000 after over 25 years as Senior Litigation Partner of Bunkers, an 8 partner firm of solicitors in Brighton & Hove, where his main areas of professional work were personal injury claims for both Claimants and Defendants, and also professional and clinical negligence.
He has mediated a wide variety of commercial cases and public law disputes through CEDR, but his main interest has been in mediating personal injury and clinical negligence cases, particularly of substantial size. These have included multi-million pound tetraplegia, brain damage, cerebral palsy and cancer diagnosis claims, and dependency claims. He was involved in the design and delivery of the retained organs mediations.
He has appeared as a leader in his field in successive editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory. He is much in demand as a speaker and trainer on ADR topics throughout the UK and internationally, being a lead member of CEDR's training faculty. He has also led courses and seminars at many of the leading law firms (both claimant and defendant) Government lawyers and the judiciary in England, Scotland and Ireland, and for claimant organisations such as APIL and AvMA, defendant bodies such as the NHSLA and insurers, the Legal Services Commission and the Law Societies of England & Wales and Ireland. He is Treasurer of the Clinical Disputes Forum.
Dr James Piers (Solicitor and Medical Doctor)
James is a dual qualified solicitor and medical doctor. As a clinical negligence solicitor for Aspire Law he represents patients who have suffered spinal cord injury as a consequence of medical error. Aspire Law is a specialist law firm that only represents clients with spinal cord injuries and which passes half of its profits to the Aspire spinal injury charity. James has been working in the field of clinical negligence since 2006 and prior to joining Aspire Law he ran a varied clinical negligence caseload including most areas of medicine.
Prior to becoming a solicitor, James practised as a doctor in the NHS for 6 years. Most of his clinical experience was in surgical specialties, predominantly orthopaedics and neurosurgery.