The consequences of meningitis and sepsis are devastating if early symptoms go unnoticed. Worse still meningitis tends to strike children and young people. The window of opportunity for treatment is small and misdiagnosis, as a non-serious viral infection, is common. Sometimes even with prompt treatment the point of no return may already have been breached.

This seminar, the second in The Seven Ages of Life series, focuses on failures to prevent, detect or properly treat sepsis and meningitis in children. We are delighted to confirm that Dr Nelly Ninis, Consultant General Paediatrician, and leading expert in adolescent meningitis (who has appeared in many cases including FB (by her mother WAC) v Dr Rana v Pricess Alexandra Hospitals NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1536 (QB)) will join John-Paul Swoboda and Isaac Hogarth of 12KBW for this seminar.

Dr Ninis will provide insight into these potentially devastating conditions, and John-Paul & Isaac will explore the knotty legal issues which often arise.

Please note that the venue has changed; the seminar will now be held at Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, London, WC1R 5ET.

Registration is from 5:30pm, the talk will start promptly at 6:00pm with drinks afterwards.

To book a place, please complete the form below.


Dr Nelly Ninis

Dr Nelly Ninis is a General Paediatrician at St Mary’s hospital London. She has sub-speciality training in Paediatric Infectious diseases and a Masters degree in Tropical Medicine. During her training completed a MD thesis into the presentation and clinical management of meningococcal septicaemia and meningitis in children which has led to major publications. She is the chief author on e-learning programmes on meningitis in neonates and sepsis in children.

She has produced Health Education England’s flagship training film on sepsis in children which will be launched in 2018. Nelly has eight years experience in clinical negligence work,  both defence and claimant work. She also  works for the PHSO and has given evidence in Coroners court.

John-Paul Swoboda

John-Paul enjoys the medical and scientific aspect of clinical negligence claims and works closely with his instructing solicitors and experts. He undertakes high value work mainly receiving instructions from highly regarded claimant firms. He has considerable experience of cases involving amputation, unnecessary and negligent surgery, delayed diagnosis, cosmetic surgery, the negligent administration of clinical drugs, and disclosure of risk.

He is an editor of the popular Clinical Negligence Law blog. He regularly provides seminars and write articles for AvMA, and at the request of national firms. He recently published an article in the Journal of Personal Injury Law calling for an end to the Bolam test to determine breach of duty.

Isaac Hogarth

Isaac has a specialist clinical negligence and personal injury practice. He has particular interest and expertise in clinical negligence, insurance indemnity disputes, credit hire and inquests, as well as more general personal injury work. A growing number of Isaac’s instructions relate to cases involving chronic pain, brain injuries and fatalities. Isaac is often instructed by defendants in cases involving allegations of fraud.

Isaac has a varied and growing clinical negligence practice, and has acted or advised in cases including injury at birth, including stillbirth cases. Isaac acts predominantly on behalf of claimants in his clinical negligence practice.

Before coming to the Bar, Isaac worked in the clinical negligence department at Stewarts Law LLP. He gained extensive experience working on injury at birth cases, spinal injury cases (including cauda equina), and fatality cases.