Upcoming Conferences


27th April 2018, Conference Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

This conference provides essential knowledge, skills and updates for expert witnesses instructed in commercial, construction, property and professional negligence claims. Expert witnesses will benefit from hearing from leading practitioners in the field. Each session will be followed by questions and answers to assist with learning. Experts will gain a deeper understanding of the business of being an expert witness and their roles and responsibilities and the challenges of being an expert.

This conference provides a valuable opportunity for those who wish to further develop their skills as an expert, as well as for those who wish to demonstrate learning and development to equip them with the skills and understanding to confidently and competently undertake expert witness work. A certificate of attendance will be available for delegates attending and the event will be 6 CPD points.


The Programme:


Chair’s opening address 10 – 10.10


The dispute resolver and the expert…a point of view 10.10 – 10.55
A practical discussion between a dispute resolver and an expert. What the parties, counsel and the tribunal want from an expert in the context of the various dispute resolution processes.
Franco Mastrandrea, Partner, HKA and Geoff Bewsey, Partner, HKA.


Coffee 10.55 – 11.15


What solicitors want from experts – Getting the work and providing the service 11.15 – 12.00
Pitching for work and your CV. Working effectively with lawyers during the pre-action period, writing the report, preparing for expert meetings, liaison with the legal team and counsel, preparing for trial.
Tom White, Partner Clyde & Co and Claire Curtis, Associate Clyde & Co.


What can go wrong with expert evidence? 12.00 – 12.40
Analysis of recent cases in which expert evidence has been criticised.
Claire King, Partner, Fenwick Elliot.


Lunch 12.40 – 13.30


Understanding privilege, without prejudice and commercial confidentiality 13.30 – 14.10
What are the pitfalls? What is covered, does this apply to litigation, arbitration, adjudication? What can be referred to in hearings?
What can be referred to in litigation, arbitration & adjudication.
Claire King, Partner, Fenwick Elliot.


Cross – Examination Master Class 14.10 – 14.55
An interactive session in which delegates will consider the techniques used by counsel and how an expert should handle them. The session will stop and start to allow for comment and questions. Experts often ask for the opportunity to see an experienced expert giving evidence. This session will allow experts to watch an experienced expert handle the questions. A commentary will be provided to identify why counsel is asking the question and how the expert may handle the techniques used.
Liam Holder, Managing Director, Navigant and Stephen Brown, Barrister, Hardwicke Chambers.


Tea 14.55 – 15.15


Expert witness case law update 15.15 – 15.45
Tim Thorne, Barrister, non-executive Director, Legal Experience Training lead tutor, the Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (APAEWE).


Getting paid, terms and conditions and costs 15.45 – 16.20
Mark James, Barrister, Temple Garden Chambers, London.


Close and final questions 16.20 – 16.30


The fees for the Expert Witness conference are £299 plus VAT per person. There is a discount to £240 plus VAT available per delegate where 2 or more delegates book and pay together.


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