The UK Civil Law Approach to Epidemiology and Statistical Evidence

  • Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2018

Venue:  Fountain Court Chambers, London EC4Y 9DH
Time: 14:00 - 17:00

This meeting is free to attend but pre-registration is essential as places are limited. Registration is available on:


  • Practitioner’s view by Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC
  • Judge’s view by Mr Justice Stuart-Smith
  • Legal academic’s view by Professor Jane Stapleton
  • Statistician’s view by Professor Jane Hutton
  • Epidemiologist’s view by Professor Alan Silman
  • Open discussion


  • To consider the approach in case-law regarding the validity and application of epidemiological and statistical evidence in UK civil law and in particular:
  • Whether, and in what circumstances, statistical evidence can be used on its own to prove causation;
  • the validity and application of the “doubles the risk” test to (a) proof of defect and (b) proof of factual causation;
  • whether there is confusion about how the civil (balance of probabilities) standard of proof operates and its relationship with factual causation;
  • whether the right experts are being used in court in relation to these issues;
  • the differences between epidemiological and statistical evidence;
  • the relevance of the Bradford-Hill criteria;
  • whether there are any gaps evident in understanding/approach between the law and statistics/epidemiology and, if so, how these might best be bridged?

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