EXPERT EVIDENCE – UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS AND AVOIDING THE PITFALLS: WEBINAR 20th OCTOBER 2020

The last few months have seen a large number of cases where expert evidence has proved highly problematic (usually for the party calling the expert in question). On the 20th October 2021 I am giving a webinar “Expert Evidence – Understanding the Basics and Avoiding the Pitfalls”. Booking details are available here.  The theme of the webinar is that virtually all of the problems that have arisen could have been avoided if the expert, or those instructing them, had paid close attention to the rules relating to the preparation of an expert report.  It is clear that the duty to monitor this lies with the lawyer and cannot necessarily be delegated to the expert.

Booking details are available here.

 

RECENT CASES

There have been a large number of cases on the conduct of some experts and those instructing them this year, many of them will be looked at in the webinar, including:

  • The significant Court of Appeal decision in  Griffiths -v- TUI about the contents of reports and when the court can reject the findings of experts whose reports are in evidence but unchallenged at trial
  • The judgment in Good Law Project Ltd on when a court can refuse to allow a party to rely on expert evidence when the report fails to comply with the rules of court
  • The litigant’s responsibility for experts and the “worrying trends” identified in Beattie Passive Norse Ltd.

CONTENTS OF THE WEBINAR

  • 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