Mediating medical cases: the way forward in the light of the Charlie Gard judgment

In his final judgment in the recent Charlie Gard case, Mr Justice Francis said: “it is my clear view that mediation should be attempted in all cases such as this one even if all that it does is to achieve a greater understanding by the parties of each other’s positions”  but what does medical mediation involve and when should it be used?

This symposium brings together four speakers with first hand experience of managing and mediating conflict between parents, patients and health professionals to describe how mediation can be used to help resolve disputes in these emotive and complex cases. Followed by questions and discussion.

This symposium is open to health professionals, NHS managers, patient groups, lawyers and mediators and is part of Mediation Awareness Week 2017.

This is a free event. 60 tickets available at



Sarah Barclay – director of The Medical Mediation Foundation and co-director of The Evelina Resolution Project

Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Joanna Laddie, consultant in paediatric palliative care, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Georgina Rowley, medical lawyer and mediator. 


Facilitator:  Tony Buon Mediator and Managing Partner, Buon Consultancy.


17.30: arrival, registration, networking and refreshments

18.00: welcome: Helen Curtis, barrister and mediator, Garden Court Chambers

18.10: speakers

18.50: Panel and audience discussion in a “Question Time” format

20.00: event ends

Programme subject to change. For further information please contact