Dead men don’t talk: Forensic pathology help or hindrance


Saturday 20 January 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section, BAFS


6 CPD Points

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about this event

This day meeting run by the Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section will focus on forensic pathology to discuss and debate whether this is a help or hindrance. Experts within their field will join together to debate the topic.


  • Learn about how a computed tomography scan can be used to assist in post-mortem cases
  • Discuss what the police are looking for in serious case investigations
  • Be able to communicate the advanced in forensic pathology
  • Review the coronial processes in an inquest and how medical advice is utilised
  • Learn how to select an expert witness


RSM/ BAFS members: £50 - £150

Non members: £60 - £200

Speakers include

  • Professor Peter Vanezis, Professor of Forensic Medical Sciences Director and Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences
  • Mr Richard Shepherd, Forensic Pathologist, Cheshire
  • Mr David Hemmings, Senior Coroner, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 
  • Professor Ian Roberts, CT Post-mortem, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


9.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 am

Welcome and introduction

10.10 am

Forensic pathology vs the law: The post post-mortem management of a complex case via CID, CPS and a medical dictionary

Dr Richard Shepard, Forensic Pathologist, Cheshire

10.50 am

Forensic pathology: Help or hindrance

Professor Peter Vanezis, Professor of Forensic Medical Sciences and Director, Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences

11.30 am

Tea and coffee break

11.50 am

Advances in forensic pathology: Radiology and CT

Dr Curtis Offiah, Consultant, Barts Health NHS Trust

12.30 pm

Reasons for miscarriages of justice

Professor Peter Gill, Professor of Forensic Genetics, Oslo University

1.10 pm

Panel discussion

1.30 pm


Lunchtime tutorial available

2.30 pm

A legal view in the brave new world

Mr David Heming, Senior Coroner, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

3.10 pm

The policing viewpoint

Detective Inspector Mark Richards, Homicide and Serious Crime Command, Metropolitan Police Service

3.50 pm

Judicial analysis of expert evidence

Master Evan Bell, Queen’s Bench and Matrimonial Divisions, Court of Judicature, Northern Ireland

4.30 pm

Panel discussion

5.30 pm

Close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Kathryn StokesTel: 02072903940 Email: arrow