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P31723 Medical Law
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Medical Law

3 October – 4 October 2019 | Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore

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EARLY BIRD RATE: Register and Pay on or before 9 August 2019


 Key Learning Outcomes

  • Key legal aspects governing medical practices & law in Singapore
  • Primary liability of healthcare providers and practitioners
  • Examine clinical malpractice and potential criminal liability
  • Recent clinical negligence cases and best practices to minimise malpractices
  • How informed consent should be documented, communicated and assessed
  • Legal, ethical care practices for persons lacking mental capacity
  • Legal, ethical care practices for vulnerable adults and elder care
  • How damages for clinical negligence claims are assessed?
  • Dispute resolution options in clinical negligence claims
  • Medical code of practice and case laws in the region

 Who Should Attend

This 2-day seminar is of practical importance for medical practitioners diagnosing, advising, treating and caring for patients, clinical researchers, legal professionals as well as those who require timely updates in medical law

  • General practitioners
  • Medical specialists and practising doctors (including paediatricians, psychiatrist, neurologist, surgeons, nursing directors, occupational medicine, and many more)
  • Medical directors
  • Healthcare administrators
  • Allied health professionals
  • In-house counsel, legal consultants
  • Medical Lawyers
  • Pharmaceutical organisations’ medical advisors
  • Clinical researchers, trials and GCRP
  • Professional liability insurers
  • Law academics


Packages Price
2 Day TrainingSGD $2995Early Bird

Early Bird Rate: Register and Pay on or before 9 August 2019

Register 2 Delegates & the 3rd attends FREE!
Group rate is based on normal rate of 2-day training package only.
For Group Registrations, email or call +65 6508 2401


  • Special Group Discount pricing is applicable to groups of 2 or more delegates from the same organisation registering for the same event, at the same time.
  • Fee stated is the discounted price PER DELEGATE. Only one discount applies – either the early bird rate OR the Special Group Discount.
  • All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.
  • A 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable to all Singapore based companies for Singapore venue.
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Vanessa Lim
Senior Partner
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP

Vanessa is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Vanessa’s primary areas of practice are health care law, insurance and professional liability. She has a keen interest in professional negligence, and acts for professional indemnifiers, insurers and healthcare providers in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Vanessa has represented hospitals and doctors in clinical negligence litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal – most recently as Counsel for three doctors in their successful defence of a patient’s appeal in Noor Azlin binte Abdul Rahman v Changi General Hospital Pte Ltd and others [2019] SGCA 13. She has worked with medical practitioners from a broad range of specialist areas including obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, cardiology, emergency medicine and respiratory medicine.

Vanessa also represents medical practitioners in professional disciplinary proceedings before the Singapore Medical Council, and advises hospitals on a wide range of matters, including regulatory investigations, data protection, internal protocols and clinical governance issues.

Other recent works she’s been involved with include

  • Advising a client on an investigation by the Personal Data Protection Commission
  • Advising a healthcare client on an investigation by the Ministry of Health
  • Co-author, “Legal Update: Delayed detection of lung cancer – a patient’s suit against a hospital and its doctors,” Dentons Rodyk Reporter, March 2019
  • Co-author, “Singapore Ministry of Health Publishes Fee Benchmarks for Surgical Procedures in the Private Sector,” Dentons Rodyk Reporter, Issue 02 (2019)
  • Co-author, Chapter XXXI on Assessment of Damages, Atkins Court Forms Singapore Issue 55, 2019
  • Co-author, “Taking and documenting informed consent: When is it not enough? A case study of Jen Shek Wei v Singapore Medical Council [2017] SGHC 294,” Dentons Rodyk Reporter, January 2018
  • Author, “Dishonesty And The Medical Profession – Finding A Punishment To Fit The ‘Crime’”, Rodyk Reporter – Litigation Brief, October 2015
  • Author, “Preserving Your Rights To Legal Professional Privilege”, Rodyk Reporter – Litigation Brief, December 2013
  • Presentations on Impact of Social Media on Healthcare at KK Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Singapore General Hospital
  • Presentation on Consent: The Patient’s Right To Be Adequately Informed, July 8, 2015

Vanessa is a member of the Law Society of Singapore. She graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001 with an LL.B (Hons) 2nd Upper, and obtained her LL.M in Medical Law (Distinction) from King’s College London in 2011. In 2002, Vanessa was called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor, and in 2005, she qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising).


What Delegates Like About Our Courses

Trainer enabled me to improve general understanding on regulatory affairs, as well as participate in active discussion with other trainees.
– Chng Kien Peng, Executive Director, Xepa-Soul Pattinson (S) Pte Ltd

Very practical and applicable to my work. Healthy balance between theory and practical implementation
– Donai Mc Angelo T. Valde, President / Medical Director, Centre Medicale Internationale

Very interactive programme with a good number of participants
– Johan P. Sihotang, Director, PT. Epiterma Mas Indonesia

Digital Badge

Upon completion of this training course, participants will earn a digital badge.

Earners of Medicai Law Certificate have acquired fundamental knowledge of legal aspects governing medical practices in health service industry.They understand important civil & common law acts underpinning medical liability in Singapore and ASEAN region, and acquired practical skills in protecting essential medical codes of conduct through revising case studies on clinical negligence, medical confidentiality and claims.

medical law, code of conduct, clinical negligence, malpractices, common law, civil law, confidentiality, patient data, vulnerable adults, data protection, claims assessment, claim defence

Attend and participate in the 2 full days of training course duration, led by the designated training expert

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  • Common law, statute law of particular relevance to clinical negligence cases
  • Civil Law Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Brief overview of the tort of negligence
    • Duty of care
    • Breach and standard of care
    • Causation and damage
  • Ethical principles applying to doctors
  • Standard of care for healthcare institutions


  • Primary liability of healthcare providers
    • Case study: Noor Azlin binte Abdul Rahman v Changi General Hospital
  • Non-delegable duties of care
  • Vicarious liability for negligent acts or omissions of employees and agents »
    • Team-based care and supervision of junior doctors
  • Causation of damage
  • The Bolam test: standard of care for diagnosis and treatment
  • The Hii Chii Kok modified Montgomery test: standard of care for advice no longer determined by the Bolam test
  • Limitation periods, effect of fraud on limitation
  • Case study: Clinical negligence and potential criminal liability
    • Spotlight on Court of 3 Judges’ decision of SMC v Wong Meng Hang


  • What is informed consent?
    • Expressed vs implied consent
    • Consenting minors
    • Obtaining valid consent
  • What information needs to be shared with patient?
  • How consent should be documented and communicated?
  • Possible consequences of failure to inform patients of complications of medical treatments
  • Case Study: SMC v Lim Lian Arn
  • Case studies: Exceptions to informed consent



  • Key provisions of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) relating to care, assessment and treatment of patients without mental capacity
  • When does a person lack mental capacity?
  • Best interests
  • Case Study: Evidence to determine mental capacity
  • Best practices – care for persons with diminished capacity (temporary/fluctuating)
  • Care for persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Acts in connection with care or treatment
  • Lasting powers of attorney (LPA)


  • Medical treatment of vulnerable adults under the Vulnerable Adults Act
  • Mental capacity cases


  • Duty of confidentiality – not to release patient information without their consent
  • Case study – SMC v Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang
  • Storage of medical information
  • Key points relating to PDPA (Personal Data Protection Act) and whether patients are entitled to medical records or information held by a doctor or healthcare institution
  • Case studies: Patient information disclosed without consent


  • Overview of the assessment of damage process
  • Identify types of general damage
  • Identify types of special damage
  • Personal injury claims by a living patient
  • Role of expert witness
  • Case studies:
    • Discussion on a claim by a living patient
    • Claim made by the estate/dependents of a deceased patient
  • Tips on assessing claims


  • Protocols in the High Court and State Courts for medical negligence claims
  • Civil Claims – Court Dispute Resolution framework in the State Courts and the move towards Alternative Dispute Resolution in the High Court
  • Mediation under the Ministry of Health – Healthcare Mediation Scheme and Singapore Mediation Centre


  • Physicians and Pharma – Legal and Ethical Code of conduct
  • Conflict of interest in clinical and research settings
  • Medical code of practice – case laws around the region

when & where

03 - 04 Oct 2019

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, by Meritus
333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Tel: +65 6831 6062 | Fax: +65 6737 3130
Mobile No.: +65 8298 9442

Contact Person: Tan Ai Li

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