Possible Defences to a Claim

Possible Defences to a Claim

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Course Overview

Aimed at those specialising in clinical negligence work, this bite size session will provide viewers with an overview of the potential defences available in clinical negligence cases.

Consideration will be given to the 3-year rule or the limitation period, which stipulates how long claimants have to initiate proceedings and the question of a patient’s consent to treatment. Lecturer Steph Barber will also discuss the exceptions to the 3-year time frame and the point at which the ‘clock’ starts i.e. the date of injury or the date of knowledge of injury.

Viewers will receive guidance regarding contributory negligence; situations where the injured person is partially at fault for (or has contributed to) the accident which caused their injuries, and the importance of establishing primary liability against the defendant at the outset of proceedings.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have a greater understanding of this area of clinical negligence practice
  • • Be familiar with the issues surrounding contributory negligence
  • • Feel confident when advising clients regarding the possible defences available to clinical negligence claims and the time limits which apply

What is the target audience?

  • Clinical negligence practitioners


About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Notes
    2 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60