On 8 November 2018, Emma Saville, Laura Merry, Sue Wicks, Alice Herbert-Radford, Heather Kearton-Gee, David Bushell and Oliver Marsh of Lyons Davidson’s Catastrophic Injury team attended the Brake road safety conference for police family liaison officers in Birmingham.
Brake is a road safety and victim support charity and we were delighted to be able to sponsor this event alongside Slater and Gordon and Irwin Mitchell.
Emma chaired the conference while the rest of the team took the opportunity to speak to the family liaison officers who were attending about their roles following road crashes that result in serious injury or death.
Throughout the conference attendees heard a keynote speech from Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police and they also heard from PC Jon Ardron, who recently received the Outstanding Officer Achievement Award. Jon spoke about his involvement with a grieving mother after the tragic death of her daughter in a road traffic collision.
Brake themselves gave a presentation about about the charity, focusing primarily on their victim helpline and how family liaison officers can offer their services to the victims families. There was also a talk from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about their role in fatal accidents abroad involving UK citizens, as well as Vincent Romano, an advanced paramedic from the North West Ambulance Service, who gave a really insightful speech on health and wellbeing within the ambulance service.
Claire Newstead, partner at Irwin Mitchell, concluded the conference by discussing the role of the solicitor in supporting families and victims following catastrophic and life-changing injuries, and how we can all work alongside family liaison officers, particular in fatal accidents.
Over all, the event was extremely insightful and Lyons Davidson are very pleased to have been involved in such a great road safety conference.
Brake’s helpline for road crash victim is: 0808 8000 401.