Law and Ethics at the Frontiers of Medicine and Science

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017

Time: 18:30 - 20:00 (Followed by drinks)

Speakers: Aswini Weereratne QC, Kate Beattie, Sarah Bedwell (Director of Regulation, Human Tissue Authority), Zoë Fleetwood (Dawson Cornwell), Christina Helden (Hempsons).

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to invite you to a seminar on Wednesday 28 June about Law and Ethics at the Frontiers of Medicine and Science

In the recent cryopreservation case In re JS (A Child) [2017] 4 WLR 1, the High Court considered the wishes of a terminally ill 14 year old child that her body be cryopreserved upon her death.  The case focused attention on scientific advances not covered or contemplated by existing laws, such as the Human Tissue Act 2004.  How should courts, regulatory bodies, policy makers and lawyers respond?

Doughty Street Chambers convenes a panel of speakers, including lawyers involved in the JS case and the Director of Regulation at the Human Tissue Authority, to discuss whether the current legal and regulatory framework is keeping up with developments in medicine and science in the 21st century.

Chair: Aswini Weereatne QC, Doughty Street Chambers 


  • Sarah Bedwell, Director of Regulation, Human Tissue Authority
  • Zoë Fleetwood, Dawson Cornwell (who acted for the applicant JS in In re JS)
  • Christina Helden, Hempsons (who acted for the NHS Trust in In re JS)
  • Kate Beattie, Doughty Street Chambers

The talks will be followed by drinks and networking.


This seminar will be most beneficial to solicitors practising in this area of the law. If you are interested in attending, please register your interest by emailing:

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