The quarterly South West Lawyers’ Support Group Meeting of AvMA took place this week in Bristol, hosted by Clarke Willmott Solicitors. Mr Stone was invited to speak on medico-legal issues in relation to cosmetic breast surgery.
The main focus of the talk was on the assessment of aesthetic outcome in order to determine, notwithstanding non-negligent complications, whether a breach of duty can be inferred from a sub-standard cosmetic result.
Mr Stone illustrated his talk using cases from his clinical negligence and cosmetic surgery practices, including examples of breast augmentation, breast reduction and vertical mammaplasty.
Mr Stone also showed how, on consent, he uses a case law ‘check list’ to identify a breach of duty to warn of risks in negligence claims. The theme of consent was expanded upon by Mr Robert Booth QC of One Crown Office Row, followed by a presentation on costs by Richard Mumford from the same chambers.