Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Fatal accidents: Law, practice, procedure and compassion 2021

Fatal accidents: Law, practice, procedure and compassion 2021
All levels - 6 hours

(Please note that the number of CPD hours may be subject to change)

  • Pay for five delegates and get one additional place for free^

    To take advantage of this offer, please return your completed booking form with all six names or contact the APIL office -

    ^Cheapest place to be free of charge

"Stimulating, scintilating and inspiring on what is a very difficult and sensitive area of the law"

This course will be delivered by experienced practitioner Hilary Wetherell, a partner at Irwin Mitchell, and barrister Gordon Exall, author of APIL's 'Guide to Fatal Accidents' and 'Munkman on Damages for Personal Injury and Death'.

This one day virtual course will take you through every element of a fatal accident claim, with particular emphasis on the compassionate handling of bereaved families and careful client care.

The course will cover:

  • The law in relation to liability and causation
  • Investigating the claim, liability, damages and the inquest
  • Funding the claim - who is the client?
    - retainers, drafting them and getting the correct party correctly identified
  • Who is a dependant?
  • Valuing the dependency claim
  • Non-dependency claims
  • Bereavement damages
  • Losses of the deceased prior to death
  • Damages for injuries to another arising out of the death

Gordon and Hilary will also look at important recent case law in relation to fatal accidents and dependency claims including:

  • The Fatal Accidents (Remedial) Order 2020
  • Extending the scope of entitlement to the bereavement award

Chouza -v- Martins

  • Challenging the standard “percentage” approach to financial dependency
  • Who is a dependant?
  • Pain and suffering prior to death
  • Earnings and career pattern

Rix -v- Paramount Shopfitting 

  • Dependency continues when business owner is killed

Young -v- Downey

  • Loss of chance of promotion and dependency claims

Witham -v- Hill

  • Damages when the deceased was primarily involved in childcare

***This course is also appropriate for APIL asbestos disease specialist accreditation***

Cost per delegate:

Corporate accredited firm: £205 + VAT
APIL member: £240 + VAT
Non-member: £355 + VAT