Last week, hundreds of attendees from around the globe travelled to Vienna for the 2016 conference of the International Spinal Cord Society. Attendees enjoyed three days of stimulating lectures, workshops and posters in the elegant surroundings of the Hofburg Palace.

On 14 September, Julian Chamberlayne, who heads the International Injury team at Stewarts, gave a talk alongside Herndon Murray, spinal consultant at the Shepherd Centre, on how doctors and lawyers can work together to help prevent spinal cord injury through workplace accidents. Julian’s talk gave examples of how legal claims and medical evidence have helped changed the rules of several sports, for instance, relating to scrum collapses in rugby, concussion in American football and ringside medical attention in boxing. All these changes have made the sports safer, without any negative impact on their enjoyment by participants or spectators.

The slides from Julian’s presentation can be here – The legal profession and the medical profession working together to improve work related safety: Legal viewpoint

Charles Edwards, a partner at Stewarts, co-presented a poster with Jan Gawronski, spinal rehabilitation consultant at the London Spinal Cord Injuries Centre. The poster showed the positive effect on spinal patients and their families of receiving early legal advice on a range of issues, which, if not addressed, can impede rehabilitation efforts.

Julian Chamberlayne, Head of International Injury at Stewarts specialises in complex international personal injury litigation who is top ranked in both leading independently researched legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He is described by the Legal 500 as technically one of the best personal injury lawyers in the country” and by Chambers as “energetic and phenomenally committed” with “unbridled enthusiasm and energy.

Julian has recovered circa £80 million for catastrophically injured claimants and has been involved in ground breaking cases, such as Harding v Wealands which established (pre-Rome II) that English law applied to the assessment of damages, and Moore v Hotelplan and Tantera which extended the scope of an English tour company’s liability for excursions arranged and booked in resort.

Charles Edwards, Partner in the Personal Injury Department, specialises in complex and high value brain and spinal cord injury cases. He has been described in the Legal 500 as “a careful and calm litigator.” and in Chambers & Partners as “widely admired by market sources” having a “terrific manner with clients and opponents” and having “really good judgement.”

Charles has recovered in excess of £100m for catastrophically injured Claimants during his career with Stewarts. His approach is characterised by an emphasis on developing good working relations with all involved, in the belief that this leads to a more effective and efficient resolution process between parties.



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