Murder and Loss of control: Legal and Psychiatric Perspectives

Date: Thursday 02 October 2014

Time: 18:00 - 19:30

Location: 53-54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC, James Wood QC

CPD: 1.5

Fee: Free

The Criminal Law Team  is delighted to invite you to the first of a series of seminars run jointly by Doughty Street Chambers and Forensic Psychiatry Chambers. Each seminar will consider the legal framework, the psychiatric issues arising and the interplay between them.

Murder & Loss of control

The Coroners & Justice Act 2009 made significant changes to the partial defences available to a charge of murder. The Act abolished the old defence of provocation and introduced a new defence of loss of control. The aim of this seminar is to examine this defence  from both a legal and psychiatric perspective. It will compare the old and new law, how the Courts have approached the issues involved, and consider the role, presentation and interpretation of expert evidence in supporting or opposing the defence.

Speakers: Edward Fitzgerald QC & Dr. Richard Latham

Chair: James Wood QC

For further details please see invite here:

To reserve your place please RSVP to or contact Jennifer Noone on 020 7404 1313.


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