• Judicial Guidelines On Damages For Personal Injuries
  • Insurance Fraud – Prepare, Prevent, Prosecute
  • COVID-19 Related Litigation

A one-day conference

Live Virtual Event 

Date: 11th February 2021

Personal Injury Claims have been the centre of Irish news headlines for a number of years now and this online conference will explore why Ireland’s claims figures are consistently increasing, and explore what can be done to remedy some of the issues. The conference will focus on the legalities, highlighting recent case law, proposed changes and expert opinions. You will hear about fraudulent claims and the evidence required in these cases.

If you are involved in the Personal Injury Claims process, this one-day online CPD event is a must-attend. You will hear from some of the leading experts in Ireland on current issues and share experiences between attendees and presenters.


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The conference content and advice will relate to all involved directly or indirectly in the claim’s management and Personal Injury processes from solicitors, barristers, regulators, government departments, semi-state agencies, insurers, employers, healthcare professionals, corporate firms and consultants to name just a few.

Full Day Programme 

Opening Remarks & Conference Chair

Brendan Barrett, Communications Consultant

COVID-19 Related Litigation

David Nolan, SC

Insurance Reform – Update on the new Government reform agenda

Department of Finance

  • Overview of the Cabinet Committee Sub-group on Insurance Reform and its work
  • Overview of the second NCID Report on motor insurance
  • Updates on Specific Areas of Work to be determined closer to time
Insurance Reform – a policyholder perspective

Peter Boland, Alliance for Insurance Reform

  • Reform of general damages
  • The duty of care
  • The Garda response to insurance fraud and transparency in the insurance industry.
Insurance Fraud – Prepare, Prevent, Prosecute

Mel Smyth, Detective Inspector, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau

  • Prepare, Prevent, Prosecute
  • Insurance claims harvesting and ghost brokers
Legislative Reform – Quo vadis?

Andrew McKeown, BL, Law Lecturer, Editor of – Irish Law Monthly Digest, Case Reporter for Irish Legal News

  • The Constitution – a legislative and social straightjacket?
  • The LRC report – Constitutional legislation
  • For the common good – matters that the Oireachtas should consider in passing law
Times they are a-changing – The impact of Covid 19 on the Personal Injuries Arena

Chloë Cass BL, practising barrister, law lecturer and tutor in King’s Inns, Maynooth and UCD.

  • How the Courts and Practitioners have had to pivot to handle the Pandemic
  • The benefits and pitfalls of an online practice
  • Rumbles in the pipeline – (what type of cases are under investigation currently) what cases can practitioners expect in the coming two years?
Tackling ‘paracetamol injury’ pay-outs & brief update on Covid-19 claims

Dr Dorothea Dowling former founding Chair of Personal Injuries Assessment Board and academic researcher

  • 80% of claims are for minor injury – what function does compensation fulfil?
  • Role of medico-legal reports & the need for reform on expert witnesses
  • Calderbank offers & legal costs undertakings for rejected PIAB awards pre litigation
  • Children’s claims and amendments necessary to Civil Liability Act 1963 on Rulings
  • Brief update on insurance claims for business interruption following Covid-19


Health and Safety – preventing claims is the key to claims management

Matthew Brady, BL, Practising Barrister

  • Anticipation, Awareness, Co-operation – an ounce of prevention 
  • The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
  • Visitors to the Workplace 
  • Remote Working – the home has become the workplace
Medical Claims

Sarah Reid, Barrister & Author

  • Missed or late diagnosis cases / Lost chance
  • Non-delegable duty of the HSE: Cervical Check and beyond
  • Balancing covid restrictions and frontline care: Obstetric case study


Sarah ReidSarah Reid

Barrister-At-Law, The Law Library

Sarah Reid LLB, LLM, BL is a practicing barrister specialising in personal injury and medical negligence.

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In recent years her area of specialisation has expanded to include the overlap between product liability laws, medical devices regulations and clinical negligence. In particular Sarah has focused her research on the defective PIP implants & DePuy recall of the ASR hip replacement system. Sarah is an associate legal expert with the Institute of Public Administration where she delivers specialised training in medical law, judicial review and courtroom skills to the public sector. She also lecturers Product liability law in Trinity College Dublin and is a guest lecturer in clinical negligence for the HSE & the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 2015 Sarah was appointed as legal counsel to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.

Peter Boland Peter Boland

Director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform

Peter’s background is primarily in marketing and communications in the food & drinks industries, having worked for businesses such as Bulmers, Beamish & Crawford and Supermac’s before going out on his own as a small-scale wine merchant over a decade ago.

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In his role as Marketing Director in Supermac’s, he was heavily involved in the Alliance for Insurance Reform Mk. 1 in 2002/03 and was asked by policyholders to reform the Alliance when it became clear another crisis had developed in 2018.
Born and bred in Dundalk, Peter is married with three daughters in Clarinbridge, Co Galway and dedicates much of his spare time to camogie and hurling, wonderful sports his Dundalk upbringing ensures he knows very little about.

Mel SmythMel Smyth

Detective Inspector, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau

Mel Smyth is the Detective Inspector in charge of the Serious Economic Crime Investigation Unit (SECIU) and the Anti-Corruption Unit at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB).

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He has worked in frontline policing throughout his career and is the Senior Investigating Officer with responsibility for the investigation of serious and complex economic crime in his current position. The GNECB also provides advice and support to members of An Garda Síochana throughout Ireland who are investigating allegations of insurance fraud.

Dorothea DowlingDorothea Dowling

Chartered Insurer and an accredited mediator

Former founding chair of Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) & of Motor Insurance Advisory Board (MIAB)

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Among a number of professional qualifications Dorothea holds a Masters of Law, but is probably best known as Chair of MIAB. That was a statutory investigation into the cost of insurance that made 67 recommendations which were accepted by Government in 2002, including establishment of PIAB, that reduced the cost of insurance by 40% to YE13.
For decades Dorothea ran the largest self-insured programme in the country, for CIE, until her early retirement to set up as a consultant and to also focus on empirical law research of personal injury & the insurance industry in Ireland for which she was awarded a PhD in 2020.

Matthew BradyMatthew Brady

Matthew Brady BL

Matthew is a practicing Barrister with the Bar Council of Ireland.
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There will be CPD certificates awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award



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