16 Nov 2022

Pain, Consciousness and the Law

This seminar will consider how the topics of pain and consciousness are dealt with by the courts, in cases in the Court of Protection, the Family Division, and in the context of personal injury awards.  How do we know if a patient can feel pain? What does it mean to have no conscious experience?  What can medical science tell us, and what can we learn from philosophy in addressing these exceptionally difficult questions?

Speakers include:

  • Victoria Butler-Cole KC
  • Nicola Greaney
  • Dr Daniel Lumsden, Consultant in Paediatric Neurology and Complex Motor Disorders at Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Sam Coleman, Reader in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science at the University of Hertfordshire
There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Questions can be sent in advance to or during the seminar using Zoom's Q&A function.

Date and Time

Wednesday 16th November, 5pm - 7pm

We are inviting you to attend either in person at 39 Essex Chambers or virtually via Zoom.

If you would like to attend in person:

Venue: 39 Essex Chambers 81 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1DD

Please email to reserve a place.

If you would like to attend virtually:

Please register HERE


N.B.The webinar will be hosted by Zoom. Please visit the Zoom website for their Terms & Conditions