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Expert’s duties: independence and impartiality again (Or when Piri Piri burns your fingers…)

Expert’s duties: independence and impartiality again Or when Piri Piri burns your fingers… ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law In a recent case concerning the wonderfully named Pepe’s Piri Piri Ltd[1] an expert got his fingers burned. He was criticised by the judge for failing to understand his duties and comply with them. Experts’ duties:…Read Article

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Part 35 Questions to Experts – Lessons from a recent case

Part 35 Questions to Experts Lessons from a recent case ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law The Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (‘CPR’) entitle one party to put questions to another party’s expert. This provision is not used as often as one might expect. A recent application in Mustard v Flower and others[1] throws some light…Read Article

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Recording consultations with medical experts. Is the evidence admissible?

Recording consultations with medical experts. Is the evidence admissible? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law A recent case raised the issue of whether covert recordings of consultations with medical experts should be allowed as evidence. This was evidence obtained improperly or unfairly but nevertheless of probative value. The Claim In January 2014 the claimant was…Read Article

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Expert Witness – Lessons from Recent Cases

Expert Witness and the Courts: Lessons from Recent Cases ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law There are lessons for expert witnesses in a number of recent court decisions. 1. Failing to comply with directions In Mayr and Others v CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP [2018] EWHC 3669 (Comm) an expert was debarred from giving…Read Article

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Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims?

Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Contrary to popular belief, the number of people who bring clinical negligence claims is relatively small. Whilst no figures are available for the number of medical mistakes each year they are thought to be very high. An estimate in 2000 put the…Read Article

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Independent Expert Witnesses

Independent Expert Witnesses: What Does Independence Mean? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Expert witnesses are required to be independent and impartial. The Civil Procedure Rules say, ‘Expert evidence should be the independent product of the expert uninfluenced by the pressures of litigation’ and ‘Experts should assist the court by providing objective, unbiased opinions on…Read Article

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7 Classic Principles for Expert Witnesses

7 Classic Principles for Expert Witnesses ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law In a 1993 shipping case known as The Ikarian Reefer[i] Mr Justice Cresswell set out what are regarded as the classic statement of the duties and responsibilities of expert witnesses. These are principles which have been endorsed by the courts in other cases…Read Article

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Negligent Advice and a Wrongful Birth: a GP’s Liability

Negligent Advice and a Wrongful Birth: a GP’s Liability ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Khan v MNX[1] A decision of the Court of Appeal of Khan v MNX considered the right approach in wrongful birth cases. It also throws light on the scope of a doctor’s duty to a patient. The facts A GP…Read Article

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Is a Hospital Liable for a Receptionist’s Negligent Advice?

Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust (2018) ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law A receptionist in Accident and Emergency tells a patient he would have to wait 4 to 5 hours to see a doctor. The advice is wrong. The patient leaves. He suffers injury as a result. Is the hospital in damages? This…Read Article