Developing and promoting mutual understanding between the medical and legal professions in the Greater Manchester area

Patron: His Honour Sir Rhys Davies QC
President: Dr Ingrid Whiteman

Welcome to the website of the Manchester and District Medico-Legal Society (MDMLS)

The Society was first formed in 1936 and has the aim of developing and promoting mutual understanding between the medical and legal professions in the Greater Manchester area. The Society hosts discussions, debates, and meetings of interest to the professions and pre-pandemic also arranged social events to enable relaxed interactions.

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How & Where We Meet

The Society holds meetings in the months of October through to March (avoiding December), and these are based at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) on a Wednesday evening. A pre-meeting meal can be ordered though the restaurant of the RNCM giving an opportunity to socialise prior to the talks.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the Society hold several successful meetings via Zoom, and post pandemic there may be a mix of events delivery with in-person events at the RNCM, remote platform-based talks and potentially a mixture of both that could widen access to the Society’s meetings.

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Forthcoming Events 2021/22

October 2021

Dr Susan Benbow – Consultant Psychiatrist

Title – ‘Domestic Homicide Review’

November 2021

Prof. Rebecca Bennett – Professor of Bioethics, University of Manchester

Title – ‘Should we routinely test all pregnant women for any alcohol use?’

This is a joint meeting with the Manchester Medical Society

January 2022

Judge Peter Atherton – Barrister, Dean Court Chambers, Manchester

Title – ‘ Mental Capacity, Decision Making and Consent – 2 MPTS Case Studies’

(Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr Paula Case has had to cancel her talk)

February 2022

Dr Sarah Devaney – Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Manchester

Title – ‘Covid, Consent and the Law: Negligence Claims in the Pandemic Context’

March 2022

Dr Emyr Benbow – Senior Lecturer in Pathology, University of Manchester

Title – ‘The Coronial System, and what it could achieve if it tried, from the point of view of a Coronial Pathologist’

The MDMLS AGM will also take place this evening

Social events will be programmed into the schedule as and when pandemic related restrictions are lifted, and the prevailing guidelines can be followed.

Sample Previous Events

Recent speakers have included:

Professor Chris Griffiths, OBE FMedSci Foundation Professor of Dermatology at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research who presented –  ‘The art of observation- Visual Literacy and dermatology!’

Chief Superintendent Umer Khan, Territorial Commander for City of Manchester, who explored – ‘The role of today’s police, how it serves society and how resources are best utilised between the detection of crime and support of the most vulnerable in society to keep people safe’

Professor Rebecca Bennett, Professor in Bioethics at the University of Manchester who presented – ‘How the law attempts to influence the bringing to birth of the best child possible’

Karl Rowley QC of St Johns Buildings Chambers who presented – ‘Radicalisation and Child Protection’


Membership is by application. A request is made via the application form to be returned, preferably by email, to the membership secretary. The membership year runs from September to August. The current membership subscription (2021/22) is £20 per annum.

Upon acceptance of the membership application, the applicant will be requested to set up a standing order for the subscription and upon confirmation that this has been done the applicant will then be added to the membership and circulation lists.

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MDMLS Council

Current Council Members are as follows:


Dr Ingrid Whiteman

The (the President is normally elected for 2 years and alternating between a member from a legal and medical background.

Immediate Past President

Ms Kim Aucott


Ms Rebecca Lang

Membership Secretary/Treasurer

Mrs Jane Brazier

Social Secretaries

Mrs Vikki Parker and Mrs Laura Maclean

Ordinary Members:

Professor Tim David, Ms Kirsty McKinlay, Mr Peter Atherton, Professor Jacky Hayden, Dr David McKinlay, Dr Emyr Benbow

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