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The risk of litigation - is it real and should you be worried?

LONDON   |   2021 date to be confirmed.


Do you ever think that there is too much fear and negativity in and around dentistry? It's time to find out the facts, explode the myths and stop worrying about being sued or being hauled before the GDC. Whatever kind of dentistry you do and irrespective of the mix of patients you are treating, you can have a successful and trouble-free practising life by doing some remarkably simple things and making a few small changes. 

Our expert speakers share a combined 70+ years of experience in the dento-legal field and will ensure that your day is informative, empowering and packed with useful tips for how to keep your patients happy and keep lawyers at a safe distance.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of risk, your own attitude to it and how it can impact your clinical and patient management decisions
  • Recognise facts and myths about patient dissatisfaction and complaints, the likelihood of being sued or investigated by the GDC, and the 'riskiest' areas of dentistry  
  • Discover a range of proven techniques for managing patient expectations and maximising their satisfaction while minimising the potential for complaints, litigation and other forms of dento-legal challenge
  • Be better equipped to manage situations and people when things don't go to plan. 

Here's what attendees said about the Risk of litigation

launch event in January 2020 event.....

"Honest, clear, refreshing approach to dental indemnity and a positive view of risk for dentists."    W. Williams, Practice Owner and Dentist, Berkshire

"Please spread the word to the whole dental profession. It should be compulsory CPD!"   C. Spedding, Dentist, Kent

"Myth busting"   T. Ashraf, Practice Owner and Dentist, London


How to book

**We are currently unable to accept payment by cheque and bookings by post. Therefore please book online, over the phone or email a completed booking form to**


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​BDA members**: £150 

BDA Indemnity members*: £120

​Non-members**: £200

*BDA Indemnity members will need to call the events line to book or submit a booking form via email.

Discount vouchers will not be accepted for this event.

All costs includes refreshments, a standing buffet lunch and course documentation (where applicable). This event is exempt from VAT.



Speakers throughout the day:  Len D'Cruz, Kevin Lewis, Jane Merivale


​Registration and refreshments


​Opening remarks from the Chair, Len D'Cruz


​Should you be worried?

  • Why do dentists worry about litigation?

  • Understanding the interaction between dentist, environment and the patient that generates risk

  • Understand the factors affecting your risk status

  • Are claims and GDC cases going up or down?


​Morning refreshments


​How you can reduce your personal risk

  • Caring for yourself

  • Caring for the patient and managing the team interactions

  • Caring for the practice.




​Where is the quicksand?

  • What are the hot topics that might cause problems in practice?

  • What can we do about them?


​Afternoon refreshments


​What should you do if things go wrong?            

  • Some key messages when managing problems - from complaints and beyond

  • Key aspects of practice management and staff procedures to evaluate when things go wrong.


​Indemnity - look before you leap            

  • What to look for in a policy to ensure you have the correct cover to satisfy your needs

  • Understand the differences between different types of indemnity policies and how to make the right choice.


​Meet the team networking reception with refreshments 


​Close of event


​Len D'Cruz

GDP and Practice Owner, London and Senior Dento-legal Advisor, BDA

Len is a general dental practitioner, running a seven surgery mixed NHS and private practice in North East London. He is an experienced vocational trainer for the London Deanery. He is a Senior dento-legal advisor for BDA Indemnity and lead lecturer for the MA in Dental Law and Ethics at the University of Bedfordshire. He is the author of two books and writes and lectures widely  on dento legal aspects of dentistry.

​Kevin Lewis

Former Dental Director, Dental Protection

Kevin spent 27 years in various capacities at Dental Protection including as a member of its original Board in 1989 and later as Dental Director 1998‐2016. He was on the Council (Board) of MPS and a member of its senior management team.

His operational responsibilities included Australia, being Director of DPL Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary which worked closely with an Australian insurance partner to provide a highly successful insurance‐based indemnity product after new legislation in 2003 made it illegal for Australian healthcare professionals to have discretionary indemnity. Drawing from that background, he is currently working as a Special Consultant to the BDA, having been involved in the development of BDA Indemnity which launched in June 2019 in collaboration with Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance(RSA).

He has been Associate Editor of Dental Practice for 25 years and subsequently Consultant Editor of Dentistry since 2006. He is Honorary Member of the British, Irish and New Zealand Dental Associations and also of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry.

Kevin is Trustee and member of the Transition Board of Directors for the College of General Dentistry, into which the current FGDP(UK) plans to transition once its agreed demerger from the Royal College of Surgeons of England is complete.

​Jane Merivale

Dento-legal Advisor, BDA

Jane has accumulated two decades of dento-legal experience, while also leading a successful practice in South London. With a Master of Laws (LLM) in Medical Law from Cardiff University, Jane rose up the ranks at Dental Protection to become one of the foremost authorities in her field.

On top of extensive experience of complex UK cases, she has served as Head of Dental Services for dentists in both Singapore and Malaysia, leading the assessment, recruitment, training and development of new advisors, and was instrumental in the creation of the 'Communication in Dentistry' and 'Record Keeping' risk management programmes.


5.5 hours CPD

The seminar meets the educational criteria set by the GDC for verifiable CPD (6 hours) and is certified by the British Dental Association.


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