The 17th Annual Grange Conference


Medico-legal Event of the Year for Mental Health Professionals

The 17th Annual Grange Conference

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


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 and 2017. 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 Private Consultation on your Report Writing’ led by Professor Keith Rix and Dr Danny Allen. 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 is not to be missed!

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! 

We highly recommend booking as soon as possible to secure your accommodation.

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 24th and Thursday 27th September 2018.

This year's topics include:


Day 1: Monday 24th September 2018

  • Judicial Lecture: Mental health and fair trial

  • Which expert should the Court trust in the controversial inquest?

  • Bias in expert psychiatric evidence

  • Judicial Lecture: Cognitive bias and the administration of justice  

Day 2: Tuesday 25th September 2018

  • The modern view of human memory and its (troubling) implications

  • Historical child sex abuse cases

  • The work of the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre

  • Mental disorder and firearms licensing

Day 3: Wednesday 26th September 2018

  • Systematic analysis of the role of forensic errors in wrongful convictions

  • Righting the wrongs: how psychiatrist can assist the Criminal Cases Review Commission

  • Parallel Session / Options: Developing your expert witness skills

    - Case based discussions or Private Consultation in report writing


Day 4: Thursday 27th September 2018

  • Recent cases expert psychiatric witnesses should know about


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

How to book:

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If you don't wish to book online or have managed to secure funding...

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Education and Training Network
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1 Coal Hill Lane
LS28 5NA


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2018 Programme