EXPERT EVIDENCE, LAW, PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE: WEBINAR 2nd JULY 2019
There are more than 500 posts on this blog that deal with, or mention, expert evidence. It is a central feature of much litigation. I am giving a webinar on the relevant law, practice and procedure of experts on the 2nd July.
Earlier this month we had the case of Podesta v Akhtar & Anor  EWHC 1245 (QB) where the judge stated ” “It is the duty of an expert to help the court on matters within their expertise, and this duty to the court overrides any obligation to the person from whom they have received instructions (CPR 35.3.). Mr Stedman made signed declarations to that effect. In my judgment Mr Stedman did not treat the Defendants’ case with the impartiality which his duty to the court requires.”
- We have seen a case where a recently cross-examined expert was so upset by the experience that he sent the counsel a one word e-mail “Muppet!”
- We have seen a case where the expert has admitted, openly, in cross-examination that he was “biased”.
- We have seen a case where the expert relied on matters they had found on the internet, and where two of the (expensively instructed) experts were found not to be experts at all and their evidence inadmissible.
- We have looked at a case where the Court of Appeal stated ”
“Put bluntly, Rowe signally failed to comply with his basic duties as an expert. As will already be apparent, he signed declarations of truth and of understanding his disclosure duties, knowing that he had failed to comply with these obligations alternatively, at best, recklessly.
So all lawyers need a fairly detailed working knowledge of both the rules, the guidance (which is actually incorporated into the rules) and the relevant case law: many experts and lawyers appear happy to litigate in blissful ignorance of all these things, or at least on the basis of a fairly scanty (and sometimes wrong) recollection.
WEBINAR 2ND JULY 2019
This webinar will give practitioners a sound working knowledge of the key rules and cases dealing with experts, together with practical advice on how to deal with common issues and problems arising from expert evidence, and cover:
The rules relating to expert evidence
Who is an “expert.
Obtaining the Court’s permission to rely on expert evidence
The admissibility of expert evidence
The lawyer’s role & interactions with the expert
”Experts behaving badly” how to spot this and what to do