2017 Events

Thursday 15th February 2018, 17:30 - 21:00 at The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2

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Capacity, Consent and Medical Treatment Seminar

A seminar on the topic of Consent, Capacity and Medical Treatment will take place on Thursday 15th February 2018 from 17:30 – 21:00 at the Merrion hotel, Dublin, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

The seminar will address current medico-legal best practice in Ireland in relation to consent in medical treatment and will compare this with best practice in the UK. The Assisted Decision Making Act will come into law in Ireland shortly and we will also touch upon how this new Act will affect the taking of consent, the determination of capacity and what this means on the ground for practitioners.

The Seminar will be chaired and addressed by the President of the Medical Council of Ireland, Dr Freddie Wood.

Asim Sheikh BL and Joanne O'Sullivan will provide an analysis of the relevant legal decisions and practice issues and the high profile UK decision of Montgomery will also be examined and discussed.

The Seminar aims to emphasise and focus on the practical aspects of consent and the lessons to be learnt and applied from law.

Programme Details         

 17:30                   Registration and refreshments    

18:00                    Seminar starts   

19:30                    Drinks and canapés         

21:00                    Event closes        


Asim Sheikh is a practising Barrister, specialising in medical negligence, healthcare/medical law. He was called to the Bar in 1998, and acts for and advises a wide range of healthcare clients. He is also Assistant Professor at the UCD School of Medicine. He is Editor of the Medico-legal Journal of Ireland and member of the National Advisory Council on Bioethics.

Joanne O'Sullivan is a Partner in Kennedys healthcare division, specialising in medical negligence litigation and medical law. She practices in Ireland and the UK and has worked in both the private and the public sector. She has specialist expertise dealing with both liability and quantum on high value fetal medicine, cerebral palsy and paediatric claims. In her work in the private and public sectors, Joanne has also provided urgent health law advice on a range of issues including withdrawal of treatment, complex discharge cases, capacity and deprivation of liberty safeguards. In the UK, Joanne also has particular expertise representing, and conducting advocacy for, interested parties at inquests including NHS Trusts. She also lectures in medical law and ethics in University College London (UCL) and in University College Dublin (UCD). Joanne was previously the Deputy Head of Legal Services for the Royal Free Hospital in London.             


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This event is hosted by Kennedys Law, Dublin. 


Please note that this event is not organised by the UCD School of Medicine. Details are posted here to help publicise the event. The School does not accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or changes to the event which may occur. Please liaise directly with the event organisers.