The real life human tragedies behind large personal injury and clinical negligence pay-outs are often never heard as they are settled before they even reach the courts.

But leading Clinical Negligence barrister Karl Hirst is set to lift the lid on some of the more personal and delicate cases when he presents the curiously titled seminar Love and Other Awkward Losses.

Karl, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, is recognised in legal directories as a ‘real star’ and thrives on securing great outcomes, even in difficult cases. Well versed in neuro, spinal and birth injuries, Karl’s input as an advisor and advocate is now often sought across a growing range of complex and sensitive cases.

Love and Other Awkward Losses, aimed at legal professionals working in the fields of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, is being held at No5’s Bristol offices at 38 Queen Square next Wednesday, January 31st.

Sections within the talk include Loss of Sexual Enjoyment, WLTM  (urban slang in the personal columns for Would Like To Meet) and Looking for Love. In turn, these explore whether a wife can claim for her husband’s impotency, unmarried women claiming for the loss of marriage prospects because of injury and a damage claim for the loss of being supported by a spouse financially.

Karl said: “Sensitivity to differing cultural, social and religious approaches is essential in understanding the merits and strengths of some claims.

“This seminar will help to provide context and suggestions for some relationship-based issues that crop up in cases that don’t have an easily accessible answer. You might also find that you leave the seminar more aware of ways in which some relationship-centred damage can sound in damages.”

Karl Hirst was called to the Bar in 1997. His notable cases include W v W, negligently performed hip surgery, settled at £700,000; U v N, delayed treatment of cervical myelopathy leading to serious, permanent disability, valued at more than £1.5m; and A v K, negligent ritual circumcision by a GP, where the GP denied having performed the procedure.

This talk is part of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Bristol Breakfast Seminar 2017-18 series and is free to attend.

13 February 2018 – Psychiatric Damage: what is it and when can you claim? presented by Tim Newman
13 March 2018 – Getting the Most from Expert Evidence, presented by Neil Thompson
17 April 2018 – Litigating Catastrophic Injury Claims, presented by Chris Bright QC
15 May 2017 – SI Quantum Update, presented by Henry Pitchers & Jamie Gamble 

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