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Programme 2021 / 2022

Thursday 21st October 2021 

Dr Jules Brown, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 

‘COVID transmission: ball or aerosol?’ (and the BMLS AGM)

Thursday 18th November 2021 

Mr Leslie Hamilton, Chair, Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide – Working for a Just Culture 

‘Does the Criminal Law make care safer for patients?’ 

Thursday 20th January 2022 

Dr Sarah Wollaston, Former Chair of the Parliamentary Health and Select Committee 

‘Medicine and Politics, what’s the difference?’

Friday 11th March 2022 


Our annual dinner with guest speaker, the Honourable Mr Justice Cotter.

Thursday 12th May 2022 

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in sport. Expert panel discussion, panel to be confirmed.

Dr Oliver Quick – Thursday 19 October 2017

For our first meeting of the new season, we are delighted to have Dr Oliver Quick, Reader in Law at Bristol Law School.

Oliver Quick obtained his LLB (Law and Politics) and his PhD from the University of Wales Cardiff. He was appointed as a Lecturer at Bristol in 2001 and as a Senior Lecturer in 2007.

He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Medical Law and Public Health Law, and has published numerous articles in these fields. He is co-author (with Nicola Lacey and Celia Wells) of Reconstructing Criminal Law (CUP, 2010). He has carried out empirical research projects investigating how prosecutors and experts negotiate law and process in the context of the controversial crime of ‘medical manslaughter.’

Oliver has been a visiting scholar at the University of Western Australia (2006) and Boston University (2010). His monograph Regulating Patient Safety: the end of Professional Dominance was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

**Please note that this event takes place at the offices of DAC Beachcroft, Portwall Place, Portwall Lane, BS1 6NA.**

Next event: Thursday 20 October 2016. Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE, FRCP (Hon)

Thursday 20 October 2016


Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE, FRCP (Hon)

Technology and its impact on our brains’



Welcome to the new BMLS Season! For our first meeting of the new season, we are delighted to have the research scientist, author and broadcaster, Baroness Susan Greenfield.


Susan Greenfield has held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York.


She has since been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians.


Further international recognition of her work has included the ‘Golden Plate Award’ (2003) from the Academy of Achievement, Washington, the L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (2003), from the French Government, and the 2010 Australian Medical Research Society Medal.


She has recently held a Visiting Professorship at the Medical School, University of Melbourne, Australia for the month of November 2014, 2015, and now 2016. She currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship at Oxford University, Lincoln College and is founder and CEO of a biotech company ( that is developing a novel anti-Alzheimer drug based on her research exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegeneration.


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Next event: Thursday 12 May 2016 – AGM & Medecins Sans Frontiers

Thursday 12 May 2016 – Dr Ben Gupta – “Working with Medecins Sans Frontieres”

Also: Annual General Meeting

For our final meeting of the season, and in a slight change to our programme, we have Dr Ben Gupta, Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust. He will be talking about his interesting work for the humanitarian medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

During his training in the NHS Ben took time out to work for MSF and  on 4 separate missions he spent a total of 1 year in the field working as an anaesthetist in both Papua New Guinea and more recently with victims of the Syrian conflict in Jordan.

He has also worked on multiple expeditions and in pre-hospital aeromedical medicine.

He set up the Developing World Anaesthesia course in Bristol in 2012 to train other anaesthetists wanting to work in this area and now directs this course twice yearly at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London.

Family commitments have stopped him going overseas in the last year but he remains an active member of the MSF-UK association and is currently standing for election to the board of trustees. Ben lives in Hotwells with his wife and daughter and in his spare time he plays in a local brass quintet around the pubs of Bristol!

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Next event: Thursday 14 April 2016. The BMLS Legal Debate

Thursday 14 April 2016 – The BMLS Legal Debate

Debating the issue of the NHS and Corporate Manslaughter, with pupils from St John’s Chambers, Guildhall Chambers & Albion Chambers, Bristol

With special thanks to our former President, Tim Grice, we look forward to bringing you the BMLS Legal Debate for our next supper meeting. Following the success of last year’s Ethical Debate on assisted dying, we would welcome your support with this event. Prizes will be awarded by our sponsor, Janus Financial Consultancy.

We have 4 pupil barristers from St John’s Chambers, Guildhall Chambers & Albion Chambers, Bristol who will be debating the motion “This house believes that the NHS should never face a prosecution for Corporate Manslaughter.” This is very topical with a jury at Inner London Crown Court recently being directed to return not guilty verdicts against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and Dr Errol Cornish.

Judith, our President and Wendy, our Vice President will be judging and giving feedback to the debaters, but we would like some audience participation in as much as we will be taking a vote before and afterwards to see whether the pupils have successfully swayed your views!

There will be supper beforehand as usual. We really hope as many of you as possible come along to support this event as the pupils have worked very hard in preparing for it. Hopefully it will a lively and thought provoking evening!


Marcus Coates-Walker (St John’s Chambers)

Marcus is a pupil barrister at St John’s Chambers, having started pupillage in October 2015. He graduated with a First in Law at Cardiff University and was President of Cardiff University Students’ Union. He completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Kaplan Law School in July 2013 and worked as a Project Manager at Macfarlanes LLP for just under two years.

Kriti Upadhyay (Guildhall Chambers)

Kriti commenced her pupillage in September 2015. She grew up in India, Oman, and Cheshire. She studied law at Merton College, Oxford. She developed an interest in all aspects of medical law, leading to a specialist LLM in medical law at King’s College London which she completed with distinction in 2012. Kriti was awarded an Exhibition by the Inner Temple before completing her Bar Professional Training Course at Kaplan Law School.

Sarah Gerrard (Albion Chambers)

Sarah studied criminology and law at UWE Bristol and then completed the GDL at the College of Law, before returning to UWE to complete her Bar Professional Training Course. Sarah started her pupillage with Albion Chambers in November 2015

Genevieve Moss (Albion Chambers)

Genevieve studied law and history at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London, before completing the GDL and her Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law. She has recently started her pupillage with Albion Chambers in Bristol.