Upcoming Conferences

This conference expands the knowledge and practical skills of expert witnesses instructed in commercial, construction, property and professional negligence claims. Experts will evaluate their roles and responsibilities during litigation and alternative dispute mechanisms and learn from leading practitioners in the field. Each session will be followed by questions and answers. A certificate of attendance will be available for delegates attending and the event will be 6 CPD points.

Chair’s opening address 10 – 10.10 Penny Harper, Founding Director, Legal Experience Training.

Dealing with conflicting pressures – a practical guide 10.10 – 10.55
An expert witness must often deal with external pressures from other experts, instructing solicitors, counsel, and clients. There is a need to balance these pressures against an overriding need for independence and compliance with the duty to the court. A session of practical guidance with reference to case law.
Mark Wheeler, Head of Diales Expert Witness Service.

Break 10.55 – 11.15

The role of experts in construction adjudication 11.15 – 12.00
Adjudication is the most prevalent forum for disputes in construction projects. This session traverses the adjudication process itself, the types of disputes determined by adjudication and expectations of experts’ contributions and roles.
Digby Hebbard, Partner, Fladgate.

Mediation and the role of experts 12.00 – 12.40
An introduction to mediation, why people are using it and what part experts can and should play. How co-mediation helps to resolve complex multi-party disputes.
Rosemary Jackson QC, Keating Chambers and Elizabeth Repper, Barrister, Keating Chambers.

Lunch 12.40 – 13.30

Expert Witness Meetings (EWM) tips on procedure, process and preparation 13.30 – 14.10
Understanding the role of experts at an EWM, the importance of an agreed agenda, preparing to question and be questioned, distilling areas of agreement and the reason for disagreement – facts or method?
Liam Holder, Managing Director, Secretariat and Paul Barry, Founding Partner, gb2.

Expert Witness Meeting Master Class 14.10 – 14.55
A role play to demonstrate what to avoid in EWM and how to work effectively for the benefit of the parties and the tribunal. The session will stop and start to allow for comment and questions.
Liam Holder, Managing Director, Secretariat and Paul Barry, Founding Partner, gb2.

Break 14.55 – 15.15

Expert witness law updates 15.15 – 15.45
Mark James MA (Oxon), Barrister, Temple Garden Chambers, London.

What the legal team really want – duties, dos and don’ts 15.45 – 16.20
Working with the legal team during an arbitration – instructions, writing the report, practical tips, helping the legal team to question expert evidence and anticipating challenges to expert evidence at the hearing.
James Dingley MA (Oxon), Solicitor, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance.

Close and final questions 16.20 – 16.30

The fees for the Expert Witness conference are £299 plus VAT per person. There is an early bird offer of £269 plus VAT per delegate for places booked and paid for by 25th January 2019. There is a discount to £255 plus VAT per delegate where 2 or more delegates book and pay together. Only one of these discounts may apply to any booking, not both discounts. The brochure with the booking form is available below.

We look forward to hearing from you if you wish to book.

Please see our full Expert Witness conference brochure by clicking ‘full conference details’. The booking form on the final page of the brochure can be completed and emailed to us at or alternatively – fill in our form by clicking ‘Book Place’.

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