On 4th May 2023 in Birmingham, we attended the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL) conference.
The conference, an annual event run by SCIL, was held at Millennium Point in Birmingham and featured many guest speakers. These included Adam Kay (award-winning writer and former doctor) discussing the ongoing issues with staffing within the NHS and Paul Whiteing (CEO of AvMA) discussing patient safety and justice. The conference’s theme of Digital Bundles was made perfectly clear and it was reassuring to hear the importance placed on a service we’ve offered since 2019. This was the first conference SCIL has held since the appointment of our friend Sharon Allison (partner and head of clinical negligence at Ashtons Legal) as chair of the society and we couldn’t be prouder! We’ve worked with Sharon over the years and couldn’t think of a better person for the role, we wish her the very best.
Birmingham was a fitting location for this conference and there were many attendees; it was a shame that we weren’t able to speak with everyone but the conference was thoroughly scheduled and there was a lot to do, We still enjoyed catching up with old friends and revelling in the vibrant atmosphere. There was a fantastic mix of fellow exhibitors, spanning all services across the industry and we were delighted to be a part of it.
In particular, we enjoyed the speech from Tony Buss (Managing Director of conference sponsors ARAG) as he discussed the fact that 75% of solicitors outsource their medical record pagination needs, which is ironic as we are able to work with 100% of the aforementioned solicitors! We were extremely humbled to listen to the harrowing testimony from the brave parents of babies who tragically died from avoidable harm and our thoughts are with them constantly. As a pagination firm, we don’t work directly with the claimants so hearing stories like this refocuses us on the important work that we’re doing.
Finally, it was a pleasure to see all of the young and newly qualified solicitors who attended the conference; they may have made us feel 10 years older but it makes us happy to know that the future of the industry is in good hands.