Upcoming Event: 11th July 2019 – Association versus Causation: Epidemiology versus the law?

Date: 11th July 2019
Registration: 9.45 – 10.15am
Sessions: 10.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Moser Room, Wadham College, Oxford

This conference will bring together leading medical and scientific experts with practising and academic lawyers. The intention is to bring some clarity and coherence to the controversial subject of the use of epidemiology in proof of causation in tort litigation.

This issue has been discussed inconclusively in leading cases in particular Sienkiewicz –v- Greif and Williams –v- Bermuda.

The conference will follow an interactive format with case studies illustrating the difficulty in the practical application of epidemiological data drawn from cohorts to specific causation
in litigation.

Consideration will be given to the relevance and application of doubling of risk. This will be followed by open sessions discussing the case studies and attempting to agree propositions relevant to the application of epidemiology. The hope of the conference organizers is that these propositions will provide some authoritative guidance in this context.

Confirmed speakers so far are Professor Sandy Steel, Professor Carl Henegan, Professor Jane Stapleton, Charles Feeny (Barrister), Tobias Milrood (Leading US Product Liability Lawyer).

The conference will be Chaired by Mr Justice Jeremy Stuart Smith. The conference is free of charge. We are generously sponsored by SPG Law UK.

Registration will commence on the 27th May when a full programme will be published. Please save the date and email editors@pro-vide-law.co.uk.

Michael Sherry to speak at Private Client Conference in conjunction with STEP Liverpool

Complete Counsel barrister Michael Sherry will speak at the Private Client Conference in conjunction with STEP Liverpool – 14th May 2019.

Details of the event can be found at the Liverpool Law Society website where you can also book your seat at the event.

Costs Surgery Event – 22nd November 2018

Thursday 22nd November 2018
Ground Floor, Red Room 4,
The Plaza, Liverpool
Start time: 4.00pm-5.00pm

Your Speaker on Thursday 22nd November 2018 is Michelle Fanneran

Barrister, Costs Specialist

Michelle is a specialist costs Barrister and a Mediator. Valued for her meticulous preparation, incisive analysis and attention to detail, Michelle is approachable and sensible and is a tenacious advocate. Her costs practice extends beyond PI and clinical negligence cases but her 15 years of PI experience is a significant asset when dealing with costs issues arising throughout the life of a PI or clinical negligence claim from CCMC through principle of costs at the conclusion of the trial to detailed assessment and beyond. She is equally at home in the County Court or SCCO and her broad costs experience includes: detailed assessment, oral review of provisional assessment, advising on and arguing specific points of law arising as preliminary issues such as recoverability of additional liabilities, application of QOCS, validity of the retainer etc and drafting points of dispute. Michelle deals with cases ranging from £25k to £1.5m +

Michelle is approachable and flexible and regularly provides training in-house and at public seminars. She prides herself on providing timely, proportionate and commercially attractive advice.

Followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues. As with previous events the
numbers for these sessions are strictly limited. Early booking is essential – please
email claire.labio@completecounsel.co.uk

Asbestos & the Law Conference – 28th September 2018

Asbestos & the Law Conference

28th September 2018
Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Chair: Mr. Peter Cowan, Counsel

Contact MAVS to book on 0151 236 1895



Professor Sir Anthony Newman-Taylor
CBE, FRCP, FFOM, FMedSci, President’s Envoy for Health Imperial College London, Director of Research & Development NHLI Imperial College London

Dr John Corless,
Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine / Clinical Director (Medicine & Acute Specialities) at Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Dr Paul Taylor
Consultant Medical Oncologist at Wythenshawe Hospital

Mr. Charles Feeny
Counsel with a special interest in asbestos disease litigation

Master Roger Eastman
Master of the Senior Courts, Queen’s Bench Division

Alison Heyes
BSc(Hons) PG Dip (Occ H&S) PG Dip (HS&E Law), Health and Safety Practitioner

View the full itinerary here (PDF)

October Tax Surgeries for Liverpool and Manchester


Tuesday 2nd October 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Centurion House, Room 1, 129 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WR
Followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues. No charge for attendance.


Wednesday 3rd October 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Red Room 3 The Plaza Old Hall Street, Liverpool
Followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues. No charge for attendance.

Trusts and Tax When is trust not a trust?

Your Speaker in October 2018 is Michael Sherry


Recent trust busting cases in England & Jersey

– substance over form
– implications for tax practitioners
– how do they fit with Ramsay/UBS etc

MezProm v Pogadev (and time permitting Crociani v Crociani)

What happened?
Were the trust valid?
The protector’s powers and their effect in the circumstances Sham?
The court’s decision
The points to take away – trusts/tax

September Tax Surgeries for Liverpool and Manchester


Tuesday 11th September 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Red Room 3 The Plaza Old Hall Street, Liverpool
Followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues. No charge for attendance.


Wednesday 12th September 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Red Room – Calyco, St James’ Building 61 – 95 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EJ
Followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues. No charge for attendance.

The pros and cons of incorporating a buy to let business from a CGT perspective

(with/without the use of an LLP as an intermediate stage)

Your Speaker in September 2018 is Michael Sherry


  • Meaning of business different for individual/company – American Leaf
  • Section 162 transfer of business
  • LLPs as an intermediate stage?
  • Incorporation of LLP’s business with/without liquidation

As with previous sessions Michael will be working through some examples. However if participants would like to raise their real life problems that would be welcomed. Any specific examples you would like to raise should be sent to us a week before the session Numbers for these sessions are strictly limited. Early booking is essential – please email claire.labio@completecounsel.co.uk

Charles Feeny to speak at two major events this summer

Charles Feeny will be speaking at two major events in London in the coming weeks.

Charles Feeny

On 26 June, Charles has been invited to speak at a seminar organised by leading insurance firm BLM at their London office. The seminar will focus on industrial disease and Charles has been asked to address the issue of date of knowledge in mesothelioma claims.

Charles has appeared in a number of the leading cases in this area of law, most recently Bussey v Anglia Heating. The implications of the Court of Appeal Judgment in Bussey are still being assessed and further litigation in this difficult and emotive area can be anticipated.

On 5 July, Charles will speak at and moderate a session on lesson-learning in self-harm and suicide claims in the context of mental illness. This follows his instruction in a number of cases against NHS Trusts in this area.

The event is a national conference at the Institute of Child Health in London organised by NHS Resolution under the title of “Mental Health Matters – Leaning from the Frontline”. The conference represents part of NHSR’s ongoing commitment to improve standards of patient safety, including by reference to lessons learnt from litigation.

Speaking at these events is consistent with Charles’ commitment to education, training and debate in relation to legal issues. He focuses his activities in this area on the website Pro‑VIDE-Law.

>>> Download flyer for ‘Mental health matters – Learning from the frontline

>>> View information for the Occupational Disease Seminar

Upcoming Tax Surgery with Michael Sherry – 9th July 2018

Disguised remuneration: A Case Study
Your Speaker on 9th July 2018 is Michael Sherry


the 2019 charge – repayment of loans;
– Sale of assets to trustees?
– Tax avoidance? Purpose/motive;

Employer insolvent – PAYE/NIC recovery from e’ee?
– Reg 72, 81 and applicable PAYE code?
– Possible changes to directors liabilities?

IHT – EBT and EFRBS. Does s.86 apply?
– Rangers in the context of IHT?
– BPR on ‘contributions’
– Relevant property charges – exit, 10 yr an, etc.

Future distributions – Linked persons and future generations
– Pt7A charge franked from insolvency settlement?
– Contributions from EBT/EFRBS to insolvency for beneficiary?

Insolvency – Malfeasance
– Unlawful dividends
– Scheme contributions as voluntary dispositions which can be set aside?

Residual risks – GAAR
– Future law changes
– Inherent legal uncertainty


Upcoming Tax Surgery – Family investment companies, 13th June 2018

Where are we now – risks and advantages plus family constitutions.

Your Speaker on 23rd May 2018 is Michael Sherry

Family investment companies:

• Entrepreneurs relief vs Substantial shareholding exemption
• Possibilities for BPR
• Modifying shareholdings to give gradual shift of value
• Freezer shares
• Voting only shares
• Capital reduction shares
• (Accidental) Destruction of value and immediately chargeable transfers
• Share valuation – from Jamieson through Crossman and Buccleuch to Gray’s Timber
• Gearing?
• Family constitution purpose form and functions

Wednesday 13th June 2018, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Red Room – Calyco, St James’ Building 61 – 95 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EJ

Followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues. No charge for attendance.

To register, email claire.labio@completecounsel.co.uk

Tax Surgery with Michael Sherry – 16th May 2018, Manchester

Your Speaker on 16th May 2018 is Michael Sherry.

Wednesday 16th May 2018
Calyco Room, St James’ Buildings,
Oxford Street, Manchester

Followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues.

Topics covered

A general update and specific issues including:

• Part 7 Ch1 to 4 overview
Case law
• the general background;
• Grays Timber, Tower Radio, UBS, Cyclops etc.
Specific issues
• offshore
• salary reduced and dividends on new acquired shares
• voting/not voting for dividends shortly after acquisition –
effect on value?
• ERS return where shares are SEIS/EIS?
• gifts between shareholder “partners” to reflect changing
contribution to business
• demergers share exchanges etc and s.431?
• employee control defence when s 431 absent?
• effect of purchase of own shares on value