Expert Evidence: Law and Practice

Witnesses have an important role within the justice system. To fulfil their roles and responsibilities they need to have an understanding of the litigation process and be aware of the legislation, regulations, rules and guidance applicable to their expert or professional work. This course is based on practical case studies developed from everyday questions and challenges for expert witnesses.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the litigation process and the roles and responsibilities of witnesses
  • Evaluating principles governing admissibility, reliability, credibility and weight of evidence
  • Analysing roles of advisors, party appointed experts, shadow expert and single joint expert witnesses
  • Understanding the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Directions and Guidance
  • Considering the key stages in the litigation process and working effectively with the lawyers
  • Understanding privilege, without prejudice, confidentiality and disclosure
  • Evaluating what may indicate bias and how to consider alternative approaches
  • Understanding sanctions against experts and cost orders
  • Awareness of the legal principles concerning experts’ fees and assessment of experts’ fees
  • Practical case studies will be used to enhance learning and understanding

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Testimonials

First class course in terms of content and delivery, achieved objectives and exceeded expectations”.                              

“Really enjoyed the topic and was engaged throughout – useful content and case studies helped to bring it to life. Tutor very knowledgeable and good delivery – over Zoom had no impact on course in my opinion”.

“Penny has been fabulous: always goes at the right pace, has interesting case studies and seems like a natural using Zoom. Thanks again, I have had a lot of lectures via conferencing link recently and yours have been by far the best. I almost asked to defer the course but it’s been really engaging and well worth the time and effort so far”.

“Excellent presentation. Been a Chartered Surveyor for 23 years and I would say this is the most informative and value for money course that I have been on”

“Perfect, clearly very knowledgeable in subject and engaging in presentations”

“Excellent, made a difficult subject enjoyable”

“Very well in particular immunity, privilege and role as advisory expert as well as Part 35 expert. Very helpful questions and cases studies to ensure the learning sunk in”

“Excellent, very well organised and presented, good content, plenty of useful examples and case law.  Exceptionally well delivered”.

“The course is superb, interesting well explained content. My comments on the tutor – excellent delivery to unpack each element of the process, and with good feedback at each stage.”

“The tutor is exceptionally gifted, clear and concise, and very helpful.”

The case studies and discussions were very useful – excellent course very well structured an excellent tutor who draws on real life experiences”.