We would like to announce our upcoming seminar Wrongful Life, Wrongful Birth, the first in our The Seven Ages of Life series, which will be held on 25th January 2018 at 58VE.

This seminar, explores the issue surrounding wrongful birth from the legal, ethical, and medical perspectives.  The legal perspective is provided by William Featherby QC, a silk with extensive experience in the field.  Professor Rosamund Scott of King’s College London provides the ethical background – she is widely published in this field. Gerald Mason provides the clinician’s perspective.

The seminar will run from 6:00-7:30pm, with delegate registration beginning at 5:30pm and a drinks reception afterwards.

The seminar will last 1.5 hours and will be accredited with 1.5 APIL CPD hours.

To book a place, please complete the form below.

Please feel free to forward this event on to others in your firm who may be interested in attending.

This event will be held at 58VE:

58VE, 58 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DS.

Please note the numbers along Victoria Embankment do not run sequentially. 58VE is located in between number 50, Carmelite House and 40 Victoria Embankment.


William Featherby QC

William has an extensive clinical negligence practice, especially in cases of medical accidents involving babies, children and mothers.  At any one time he has about twelve to fifteen ‘live’ cerebral palsy cases.  He has a particular interest in neuroradiology, paediatric neurology and obstetrics.  He is recognised as a leader and coordinator of teams of experts.

He has been noted as an outstanding cross-examiner in the legal press.  He is featured in the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence sections of all the leading professional directories. Read more…

Professor Rosamund Scott

Rosamund Scott is Professor of Medical Law and Ethics. She joined the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics as a Lecturer in 1998, became Reader in Law in 2005, Professor of Medical Law and Ethics in 2007 and Co-Director of the Centre in 2013. She studied Philosophy at the Australian National University, Canberra, and Law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. After qualifying as a barrister she undertook a PhD in an area of reproductive law and ethics at King’s College London. She received a number of scholarships and awards during these studies. 

Rosamund Scott has published books and articles on a wide range of ethical and legal issues in the area of reproduction, including ‘maternal-fetal conflict’, abortion, prenatal screening and diagnosis, selective abortion, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, ‘wrongful birth’, ‘wrongful life’, stem-cell research and the donation of so-called ‘spare’ embryos to stem-cell and other research, and a range of topics in reproductive donation. Read more…

Gerald Mason

High Risk obstetrician in Feto Maternal Medicine at Leeds General Infirmary. He has a keen interest in many of the more complex obstetric cases within the region, in particular women with cardiac disease. He established Leeds as a National Feto Maternal training centre and currently has two subspecialty training fellows working with him. He is network lead for fetal medicine for the Yorkshire and Humber region, key role to standardise the care of all women with a fetal medicine problem.

He is an executive member of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society and the director of the Leeds sub speciality training program in Feto Maternal Medicine. Read more…