Law for Orthopaedic Surgeons Faculty


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Simon Gregg-Smith

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Simon Gregg-Smith is a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. He specialises in shoulder surgery. He has always been interested in how we communicate with patients and the process of consent. He has run a medico-legal practice for more than 20 years and now does increasing numbers of cases of clinical negligence, acting as an expert both for the NHS and claimants. Over the last few years the number of cases involving allegations related to consent have risen significantly, probably because of the Montgomery case in 2015.   He is a member of the BOA medico-legal committee.

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Leslie Hamilton

Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon

As a young paediatric cardiac surgeon giving evidence to the Bristol Inquiry prompted an interest in how the law interacts with clinical practice. This led to an LLM in Medical Law which in opened up a number of opportunities - as Faculty on the RCSEng "Legal Aspects of Surgical Practice" course; while I was on Council, co-authoring the College's "Good Surgical Practice" and "Consent" guidance following Montgomery; and later, appointment as Assistant Coroner (prior to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 which stopped doctors being appointed as Coroners). 

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Leila Benyounes

Barrister, Parklane Plowden Chambers

Leila is ranked as a leading barrister in Legal 500 for Clinical Negligence and Inquests and Inquiries. She represents both Claimants and Defendants which include private clients, public authorities and government departments. Leila has a special interest in coronial law and regularly acts for interested persons in high profile, media sensitive Article 2 jury inquests.

Leila is Head of the Inquests Team at Parklane Plowden Chambers. She has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Treasury Counsel Panel A since 2010. Leila was the President of the Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society from 2015-16 and 2018-20 and remains on the Society’s Committee.

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Simon Britten

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Simon is a Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals since 2002, having completed surgical training in Bath and Bristol and following fellowship training in the Ilizarov method at the Ilizarov Scientific Centre in Kurgan, Russia.

As an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Simon gained experience in mass casualty and disaster management while serving with British Gurkhas Nepal at British Military Hospital, Dharan at the time of the Nepal Earthquake, August 1988. As a House Surgeon at RAF Wroughton he was involved in the surgical care of servicemen evacuated from the First Gulf War.

His clinical practice includes the treatment of severe lower limb fractures and post-traumatic limb reconstruction including non-union, mal-union and deformity, limb length inequality, bone loss, bone infection and amputation.

Simon is current elected Secretary of the British Limb Reconstruction Society and member of the British Orthopaedic Association medico-legal committee.

In 2018 he was awarded the degree of Master of Laws with Distinction in medical law and ethics by De Montfort University Leicester.  In autumn 2019 he commenced his PhD, studying – "Consent in surgery: what constitutes 'all reasonable treatment alternatives' and who decides?"

Simon's other interests include Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Football Club, modern languages, old Gothic Hammer Horror films, Formula One motorsport and the castles of Northumberland.

Speaker, ‘Guilty or not guilty; cases of potential medical negligence’ - Medico-legal

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Anthony Howard

Barrister & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chambers of Mr Kennedy QC, Manchester

Anthony has practiced as a barrister for the last 28 years from the Chambers of Mr Kennedy QC, Manchester, specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and regulatory law.  He has been on the GMC approved panel for the last 17 years and sat as a Coroner for the last 15 years.  Currently, he is an Assistant Coroner sitting in Bradford.

He is dual qualified, as he graduated as a doctor in 2010, progressing through training as a Trauma & Orthpaedic Surgeon, where 50% of his time is engaged in research.  Currently, working within Oxford Clinical Trials Unit and Leeds NIHR BRC.

He is passionate about endurance sport, having completed many Ironman Triathlons and recently the Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara Desert, known as the “toughest footrace on the planet.

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Shyam Kumar

Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon , Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Mr Shyam Kumar is a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon based at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. He has completed an LLM in Medical Law & Ethics with Merit. His other roles include -Member of Medicolegal committee of British Orthopaedic Association, Clinical Assessor-PPA (Formerly NCAS) and Member of Appointments Advisory Committee, Royal College of Surgeons of England. His name has been nominated recently to the Lord Chancellor be a member on the Cumbria & Lancashire Magistrates’ Recruitment Advisory Committee.

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Heidi Mounsey

Medicolegal Consultant

Heidi Mounsey is a medicolegal consultant and provides advice and support with a variety of medicolegal matters, including claims, complaints, disciplinaries, and regulatory proceedings. She is a former anaesthetic registrar and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. She joined Medical Protection in 2016.