Medico-legal Conference of the Year for Mental Health Professionals


Medico-legal Event of the Year for Mental Health Professionals

Conference Dates for your Diary:

Monday 24 September - Thursday 27 September 2018.

Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY

Please email or telephone to make a provisional booking.

Tel: 0113 257 2139


Take a look at this years conference:

Held on Monday 25th September to Thursday 28th September 2017

The Education and Training Network (ETN) is thrilled to be managing the Annual Grange Conference, again this year. The conference has developed an almost iconic status amongst medico-legal experts and we are excited to offer this event to an even wider audience following the success of 2016. We really do hope to see our regular delegates attending once more so please book as soon as possible.

Running over four days – you may attend all or as many days as you wish – we have chosen the topics carefully to address both what the expert witness needs to know and, also, the controversial issues of the day.

The tradition of The Grange Conference is being carried forward by the Grange Trustees advised, as ever, by Professor Keith Rix – previously its lead organiser.

You will have the opportunity to engage in a case based discussion analysing one of your own reports, using the ‘Rix Tool’ which you can use for appraisal and you can also practise anyalysing someone else’s report! Alternatively, we are offering a parallel session ‘A Masterclass on Report Writing’ led by Professor Keith Rix. As ever, you will have plenty of opportunity for informal discussion and networking with some of the country’s foremost experts in their fields.

Following in the tradition of the Grange Conference of inviting a member of the Supreme Court, this year's Supreme Court Lecture will be delivered by the Right Honourable Lord Hodge QC who is one of the two Scottish justices of the Supreme Court – not to be missed on Thursday.

Conference Accommodation

Once more, given its success and much loved location, the event will be hosted by the Ripley Castle estate between Harrogate and Ripon. Early bookers will have the opportunity of staying at the legendary Boar’s Head with its excellent hospitality and cuisines – all guests will be able to visit the castle grounds and can attend the black tie dinner in the castle itself! 

Due to a sell-out of the estate accommodation at Ripley Castle last year, we are introducing additional accommodation options this year in the famous spa town of Harrogate and the historic cathedral city of Ripon. We highly recommend booking as soon as possible for all accommodation options.

So whether you are an established expert or new to the field, we look forward to welcoming you to Yorkshire for the Medico-Legal Event of the Year for Mental Health Professionals between Monday 25th and Thursday 28th September 2017.

This year's topics include:


Day 1: Monday 25th September 2017

  • Judicial assessment of expert evidence

  • Inquests from the expert perspective

  • Potential theraputic uses for non-medical drugs

  • Benzodiazepine litigation: based on fact or fiction?

Day 2: Tuesday 26th September 2017

  • Implications of DSM-5 and ICD-11 "pathological grief" definitions for personal injury claims

  • Prognosis in Adjustment Disorders

  • Prognosis in Depressive Disorders

  • Ascertaining and establishing standards for experts in family courts

Day 3: Wednesday 27th September 2017

  • 10 recent cases about which the expert psychiatric witness must know

  • Reform of laws relating to mentally disordered people in the criminal justice system

  • Case based discussions & Master class in report writing


Day 4: Thursday 28th September 2017

  • Issues in relation to dissociative identify disorder and therapies for DID and related conditions

  • The Supreme Court Lecture

    View the 16th Annual Grange Conference

    Programme   - click here!


    Interested in how the previous years conference went?

To view information for The 15th Annual Grange Conference 2016 - click here!


Non-consecutive conference days can be booked, please email or telephone to make a provisional booking.

How to book:

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