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16 Mar


The Studio Conference Centre


7 Cannon St.
B2 5EP

BABICM Members



Standard Rate

Early bird by 19.01.22



Standard Rate




from 9.00am

4:15 pm


Accommodation: so much more than a Roof Over Your Head!

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We are excited to present Accommodation: so much more than a Roof Over Your Head! A one-day conference to be held on 16 March 2022 at the Studio in Birmingham. The event will explore what ‘suitable accommodation‘ means for our clients and how we achieve the best outcome for meeting their injury related needs, and creating a living environment that is safe, inclusive and enables maximum functional independence and quality of life. The presentations will address legal aspects including the impact of Swift vs Carpenter and funding; to rent or purchase, adaptations and equipment, facilities for carers, planning for future housing as the client’s situation evolves, and purpose-designed special needs technology to interact and control the home environment. A well-designed home environment is a tool for independence and opportunity for our clients………….it is more than just a roof over your head!

Full Programme

08:00 – 9:15 Registration, Refreshments & Networking

09:15 – 9:30 Welcome & Introductions by the Chair – Lauren Sutherland QC (Scot) Byrom Street Chambers

09:30 – 10:15  Accommodation in the Litigation Process – Gerard Horton Senior Solicitor at Fletchers Solicitors

10:20 – 11:05  Translating Client Needs into Practice – Georgina West Specialist Housing Occupational Therapist at OT33, and Case Manager at North Star Case Management

11:05 – 11:35 Refreshment Break & Networking

11:35 – 11:40 Reconvening Remarks by the Chair – Lauren Sutherland QC (Scot) Byrom Street Chambers

11:40 – 12:25 Accommodation Process from a Deputy Perspective – Sarah Charnley Professional Deputy at Fletchers Solicitors

12:30 – 13:15 Assistive Technology Options within the Home – Andy Fell Independent Disability and Assistive Technology Consultant at SMA

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch Break & Networking

14:20 – 15:05 Accommodation from a Project Manager and Expert Witness Perspective – James Nocker Consultant Surveyor at William Martin Property Consultants Ltd

15:10 – 15:55  A QC’s Perspective, Strategy & Advice – Lauren Sutherland QC (Scot) Byrom Street Chambers

15:55 – 16:10 End of Day Closing Remarks by the Chair



Confirmed Speakers  

NEW Lauren Sutherland QC – Byrom Street Chambers

Lauren has advocacy experience gained over nearly 30 years both as a Solicitor in private practice and at the Bar. She has considerable experience in catastrophic injury cases and has a particular interest and expertise in cerebral palsy, cancer and brain injury cases. As a Solicitor she gained experience in the area of nursing practice and this continued when she called to the bar and she had responsibility to oversee the nursing section in the Vale of Leven Public Inquiry.

Lauren will provide an overview of the legal position relating to accommodation claims, how they are quantified, and the key components of the decision in Swift v Carpenter. Providing an outline on funding the accommodation process – obtaining the interim payment and looking at the impact of life expectancy on accommodation claims.


Andy Fell – Independent Disability and Assisitive Technology Consultant at SMA 

Andy Fell is an independent disability and assistive technology (AT) consultant with almost thirty years’ experience working with all disabilities and age groups. He is a qualified Rehabilitation Officer for the Visually Impaired and since qualification, has lectured on the use of assistive technology and role of AT in the life of disabled people.

In his talk Andy will explore assistive technology options within the home, dispelling myths and providing clarity on tech solutions. Andy will be looking at smart tech i.e fridges and smart hobs, voice controlled systems, traditional environment control solutions i.e curtain openers and door closing. He will also be exploring how colour contrasting within the home can improve the environment for people with visual impairments.


Sarah CharnleyProfessional Deputy at Fletchers Solicitors

Sarah is an experienced Professional Deputy and Head of the Court of Protection Department at Fletchers Solicitors. Alongside her role as a Solicitor, Sarah is also the Chairperson for Headway Central Lancashire.

Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience in tackling accommodation issues for Claimant’s who lack capacity, and managing the various dynamics involved.

In her talk, Sarah will be discussing the accommodation process from a Deputy’s perspective, including the decision-making process, balancing finances, welfare and safeguarding the individuals best interests through the concept, design/build phases and beyond.

Georgina West – Specialist Housing Occupational Therapist at OT33, and Case Manager at North Star Case Management

Georgina strives to ensure clients can function safely and as independently as possible within their home environment and in her presentation she will explore her experiences from the planning stage through to completion for making sure accommodation is fit for purpose. She will discuss translating client needs into practice plus the various considerations and challenges along the way.


She is experienced at working in the medico-legal setting and will consider both the case manager and housing OT’s perspectives, with hints and tips on how to achieve the best outcomes when working collaboratively with clients, therapists, deputies, claimant solicitors, and architects/chartered surveyors.


James Nocker – Consultant Surveyor at William Martin Property Consultants Ltd

James is a Forensic Surveyor and Expert Witness at William Martin Property Consultants Limited.

James specialises in designing schemes for the adaptation of homes to suit the needs of disabled individuals. He has a wealth of experience having supervised projects of this nature since 1996.

As well as working directly with individuals, solicitors and case managers / clinicians, James also has over 16 years’ experience as an expert witness in the personal injury sector.

With his experience, James is well placed to talk from both the project management and expert witness perspectives. He will be exploring the key components required to meet a Claimant’s accommodation needs, and importantly, in a way that he can justify to the Court as an expert witness.


Gerard Horton – Senior Solicitor at Fletchers Solicitors

Gerard is a Senior Solicitor at Fletchers Solicitors, listed in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. For over 13 years he has represented Claimants who have suffered life changing injuries and knows first-hand the challenges encountered in the accommodation process.

In his talk, Gerard will explore the relationship between the situation “on the ground” and the litigation process, challenges encountered along the way, recoverability /funding issues and best practice in delivering the accommodation project either before or after a legal case reaches conclusion.


Confirmed Exhibitors 

  • Fletchers Solicitors
  • France & Associates
  • Physio Matters
  • Jacqueline Webb
  • EA Mobility
  • PLG Consultants
  • Design for Independence
  • The OT Service
  • Guldmann
  • Innova Care Concepts

Exhibition & Marketing Opportunities

BABICM is delighted to offer exhibition stands for this event – but be quick as numbers are limited!

We are proud of the continued success and added value offered to sponsors and exhibitors of our training and events programme. For our Decisions, Decisions – The Way Foward event, we are offering:

1. Exhibition Stands SOLD OUT

These consist of:

  • One stand space (provided with a 6ft trestle table)
  • Up to 2 people to attend the event and exhibition

Exhibition fee: £500 per stand (Plus VAT)  SOLD OUT if you wish to be added to the waiting list please email


2. Programme Advert

Programme Advert in delegate pack, Full Colour A4 page £75 plus VAT

Programme Advert in delegate pack, Full Colour ½ page  £100 plus VAT

Email to book an advertising space


Click here for more information on how to get here on foot, by train or by car


PLEASE NOTE: This is a city centre venue and it does not have any onsite parking, fortunately they are able to give discounted rates at NCP High Street, postcode B4 7LN and NCP New Street, postcode B5 4AN. This is around 10 minutes walk from the studio.

To obtain discounted parking at the NCP car park simply ask for an NCP validation ticket for High Street or New Street car park at the studio reception. When you are ready to exit the car park, simply insert your original parking ticket into the payment machines along with the validation ticket to activate the discount. The maximum day rate will be then be reduced to around £5.40 for up to 24hrs in NCP High Street and £5.30 in NCP New Street.


Contact Us

For further information on this event, please contact the BABICM office.


In the event of any changes to government guidance or local measures which prevent events taking place at the time, all delegates will be entitled to a full refund as per our usual terms and conditions.

For events that need to reschedule, all tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date; with refunds available for any delegates who cannot make the rescheduled date.



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