This year’s conference speakers are listed below. There will be further announcement of other speakers in the upcoming weeks.

Paul Philip

Paul Philip 

Paul Philip, Chief Executive, Solicitors Regulation Authority 

Paul joined the Solicitors Regulation Authority as Chief Executive in 2014. Since then, he has delivered an ambitious programme of reform. This includes the introduction of an up-to-date regulatory model that supports a modern, competitive, legal sector and a full review of how solicitors qualify and enter the profession. He has also developed the SRA role as an anti-money laundering supervisor as well as making significant operational improvements.

Paul has previously held senior roles in the medical, health and legal sectors. 

Paul is the speaker for 'Addressing Issues of Instructing Solicitors’ Unethical Conduct' at 10am.


Samuel Townend KC

Sam Townend KC

Sam Townend KC, Chair of the Bar 2024

Sam Townend KC is Chair of the Bar 2024. Sam is a silk at Keating Chambers and practises in domestic and international construction, energy and professional negligence work. He is also a mediator and adjudicator, and a Bencher at Lincoln's Inn. 

Sam was the co-chair of the Bar Council Legal Services Committee in 2022 and has chaired the Bar’s Regulatory Review Working Group. He is a former member of the Young Barristers’ Committee and Treasurer of the Free Representation Unit.

Sam is the speaker for 'Improving Working Relationships with Barristers' at 10.30am.


Nick Deal

Nick Deal

Nick Deal, Barrister and Bond Solon Trainer

Nick was called to the bar in 1989 and had a common law practice that included dealing with a range of disputes. He has represented clients before all levels of courts in the UK.

Nick is Bond Solon’s lead Expert Witness Trainer. He has over 20 years’ experience of training expert witnesses in all facets of their work, including: report writing, duties and responsibilities, law and procedure, joint meetings and giving evidence. Nick has worked with experts from all profession disciplines, a great many of whom have gone onto complete our Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) and University of Aberdeen Bond Solon (UABS) Expert Witness Certificates.   

This year, Nick will deliver the Expert Witness Legal Update at 11am.


Lucinda Orr

Lucinda Orr

Lucinda Orr, Partner, Enyo Law

Lucinda is an accomplished commercial disputes lawyer specialising in complex, high-value cross-border litigation. She has represented high net worth individuals and large institutions in significant trials and is recognised by legal directories including Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Lucinda has spearheaded innovative trial settings, including the first trial with an integrated electronic trial bundle system, and the first fully remote trial with simultaneous interpretation. She has expertise in disclosure-heavy cases in foreign languages. She also acts as Privy Council Agent in offshore jurisdiction appeals and holds several leadership roles within the legal profession, and sits on the Management Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales, and previously sat on the Management Committee on her Inn of Court, where she is a Bencher. Lucinda has also been appointed by the Lord Chancellor as an Examiner of the Court pursuant to CPR 34.15, and by the Culture Secretary to the Treasure Valuation Committee, to advise on the fair market value of declared Treasure finds from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Lucinda will be speaking at our commercial parallel session at 2pm.


Melanie Simpson KC

Melanie Simpson KC

Tony Saggars

Tony Saggers

Melanie Simpson KC, Doughty Street Chambers

Tony Saggers, Former Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence at the National Crime Agency

Melanie and Tony will be speaking at the criminal parallel session at 2pm.

Melanie Simpson KC is a highly regarded criminal defence barrister who is sought after by professional and lay clients. She is renowned for her exceptional cross-examination and high acquittal rate.

Tony Saggers, former Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence at the National Crime Agency, is now the Director of Stratac Logical Limited and an independent consultant. He is an expert witness, specialising in drug trafficking, organised crime, and criminal exploitation. As a consultant, Tony designs and delivers expert evidence courses for policing.


Kate Brannigan

Kate Branigan KC

Kate Branigan KC, 4PB

Kate Branigan's expertise lies in family law. She handles complex cases involving children, including international child abduction, relocation, and public law proceedings. She also works on high-conflict divorces and financial remedy cases. Kate has extensive knowledge of the law and medicine, and is known for her empathetic approach to her clients.

This year, Kate will be speaking at our family session at 2pm.


Katie Gollop KC

Katie Gollop KC, Serjeants' Inn

Katie Gollop KC will be speaking at our medico-legal session at 2pm. Katie took silk in 2016 and has a broadly based healthcare law practice. She is a highly experienced clinical negligence trial advocate, recently acting for the successful claimant in a case that established the standard of care required of professionals measuring child head circumference. She has a public law practice involving challenges to healthcare decisions (e.g. provision of cannabis derived medicinal products, transplant waiting lists, and travel abroad for life-sustaining treatment).

As to ethical work, Katie undertakes complex welfare CoP applications and serious medical treatment cases, many of which attract national news coverage. For example, she represented the NHS Trust in the Charlie Gard case, and Archie Battersbee through his Cafcass Guardian. She represents families and healthcare providers at high profile inquests, including the widow of one of the seven men murdered by Al-Qaeda terrorists at In Amenas, and ‘Spire’ at the inquests touching the deaths of former patients of breast surgeon Ian Paterson. She represented The Haemophilia Society at the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Katie is quick witted, down to earth, tireless and client-focused. The directories have said she is “charming and deadly” as well as “an astonishing talent”. In 2019, she was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge.


Chris Butler

Chris Butler

Chris Butler, Senior Costs Lawyer, Kain Knight Ltd

Chris Butler is a Costs Lawyer and a Director at Kain Knight. He is an expert in costs management, budgeting and detailed assessments in large commercial litigation, personal injury, clinical negligence, and other areas. He has extensive experience in the preparation of Bills of Costs, Costs Budgets, and Points of Dispute.

Chris will be speaking at 3.30pm, in the session entitled 'Taxation of Costs for Expert Witnesses'.


Julian Acratopulo

Julian Acratopulo

Haydn Kelly

Haydn Kelly

Julian Acratopulo, Head of the International Commercial Litigation Group, Clifford Chance

Haydn Kelly, Consultant Podiatrist and International Expert Witness

Julian and Hadyn will be involved in the discussion entitled 'Experts are from Mars and Solicitors from Venus. Can their Relationship Ever be Harmonious?' at 4pm.

Julian Acratopulo is the Head of the International Commercial Litigation Group at Clifford Chance. The partnership is a British multinational law firm with headquarters in London, is a member of the Magic Circle and ranks as one of top ten largest law firms in the world.

Julian advises on a wide range of contentious matters including general corporate, commercial and financial litigation and global regulatory investigations. He has also been the President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and has instructed many expert witnesses in his career.

Haydn Kelly is a consultant podiatrist and international expert witness experienced in medico-legal and forensic matters. He is Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) accredited expert witness; has a degree in Podiatric Medicine; Fellowships in Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.

He is a former elected Dean of Podiatric Surgery (UK) and during his tenure secured access to resources for the further development of podiatry which had not previously been achieved. He is in Guinness World Records, being the first expert witness to give Forensic Gait Analysis evidence in criminal law. His clinical career in Harley Street spans more than three decades and his global consultancy work includes extending the uses of gait analysis and innovation in medical IT and processing capabilities. His textbook on Forensic Gait Analysis was published in 2020.


Mark Solon

Mark Solon, Conference Chair and Bond Solon Founder

Mark Solon is a solicitor and US Attorney at Law and is the founder of Bond Solon and the Expert Witness Institute. He has organised training and conferences for tens of thousands of experts over the past thirty years. He has written several books and numerous articles dealing with expert evidence.


To find out more

For more information on the conference, please contact us on
020 7549 2549 or email