Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals

  • Start: 29 January @ 8:30 am
  • End: 30 January @ 5:00 pm
  • DoubleTree by Hilton, Edinburgh
  • CPD accredited: 7 hours per day
  • £397 - £795 + VAT ( + VAT )

Delegate places

Benefits of Inspire Expert Witness Training

  • Expertise specifically in the medico-legal sector means that we are able to provide the most relevant training for medical professionals.
  • Marketing of your expertise to our network of lawyers along with networking and speaking opportunities.
  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring by our experienced lawyers and medical experts to develop your skills as an expert witness.
  • Secretarial support for your medico-legal practice for 12 months by experienced practice managers.
  • Comprehensive course materials for easy future reference.
  • CPD accreditation.

(All the benefits above are included in the cost of the course)


Programme

Day One – Prepare

Dr Alastair Bint, GP Partner & Expert Witness

  • Practicalities of setting up a medico-legal practice
  • What to expect from instructing parties
  • Writing a CPR Compliant report (for experts wishing to work with English Lawyers)
  • What a good report should contain
  • Writing a clear, concise and well-structured report
  • Adopting the correct terminology and language
  • Research and critically examining a set of facts to develop an informed opinion
  • How to put forward a well reasoned opinion and be persuasive as an expert
  • Dealing with alternative scenarios if evidence accepted or rejected
  • Examination and discussion of sample reports – good and bad
  • The roles of various players – client, claims management company, claimant solicitor, barrister and other witnesses
  • Developing your practice and winning instructions
  • Q & A

Day Two (morning) – Practice

Ann Logan, Personal Litigation Solicitor & Partner at Balfour + Manson

Instruction of an Expert – The perspective of a Solicitor 

  • What documents should you receive?
  • The letter of instruction
  • Accepting instructions and when to decline
  • Issues of conflict of interest/bias
  • What do lawyers want from the expert witness?
  • The legal process from the time of instruction and the role of the expert in that process
  • Availability for meetings and consultations

The Duties of an Expert

  • What is an expert witness?
  • The duties of the expert witness to the court.
  • The role of the expert witness
  • Kenney v Cordia –duties of the expert
  • Liability of the expert for the opinion expressed in the report

The Expert Report

  • Why is the expert report important?
  • The different types of expert report
  • The role of the expert report?
  • Report writing –layout, format, declaration, CV
  • The language lawyers use
  • The use of medical terminology
  • The use of medical records within the report
  • Documentation in support of the expert opinion – NICE/SIGN Guidance, College Guidance, GMC Guidance, literature, textbooks
  • The role of the expert witness in advising on a case of failed consent-drafting the expert report

 The Law- The crucial legal cases

  • Hunter v Hanley/ Bolam –the test of medical negligence
  • Bolitho– analysis of the logic of the expert opinion
  • Montgomery– the law on consent
  • Chester v Afsharand Causation in consent cases
  • Causation in medical negligence cases
  • Loss of a chance in medical cases
  • Understanding material contribution in law

Funding

  • Forms of funding available to Solicitors
  • Recoverability of fees for work performed by experts
  • Rates of fees in Scotland
  • The role of the Auditor in relation to expenses
  • Negotiation of fees with Solicitors
  • Who is responsible for payment of the expert witness fees

Day Two (afternoon) – Perform

Lauren Sutherland, Clinical Negligence QC, Ampersand Stables

Consultations with experts

  • The purpose of Consultation with the expert
  • The roles of various parties at the consultation
  • Preparation for Consultation
  • Revisal of the expert report following consultation
  • What to do if there are suggested changes to the expert opinion

Joint Meetings of Experts

  • The purpose of Joint Meetings of experts
  • The role of the expert in a Joint Meeting of experts

Appearing in Court

  • Various courts in which you may appear
  • Standard of proof
  • The role of Solicitors, Counsel and the Judge
  • Preparation for court
  • Adverse judicial comment and its effect
  • Examination and cross examination
  • Techniques for giving evidence in court
  • How to withstand cross examination

Practical Test

  • Opportunity to be asked and answer questions

Speakers

All of our trainers are from our Advisory Panel and are practicing Medical Expert Witnesses, Healthcare Lawyers/Healthcare Barristers and are highly experienced in the Clinical Negligence field.


Event Details

Inspire MediLaw’s comprehensive two-day expert witness training course will provide medical professionals of all specialities with the essential knowledge, confidence and support needed to succeed in medico-legal practice.

  • Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Individual days available: Day 1 Prepare – £397 +VAT | Day 2 Practice – £397 +VAT
  • CPD hours 6 per day
  • DoubleTree by Hilton, Edinburgh
  • £795 + VAT to include additional benefits
  • Introductory offers available
DoubleTree by Hilton, Edinburgh
Bread Street
Edinburgh, EH3 9AF United Kingdom
+ Google Map
Phone:
+44-131-2215555

Directions

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre hotel offers fantastic views over Edinburgh Castle. Built in 1892, this beautiful building is only a 10-minute stroll from the shops of Princes Street and vibrant local night life.

From the North: Take the M90 from the north of Scotland, through Perth. Cross the Forth Road Bridge and take the A90 to the city center. The Double Tree by Hotel Edinburgh City Centre is located near the west end of Princes Street just off Lothian Road on Bread Street.

From the South: Take the A68 to Dalkeith and then the A7 to the city center. The Double Tree by Hotel Edinburgh City Centre is located near the west end of Princes Street just off Lothian Road on Bread Street.

From the East: Take the A1 West into Edinburgh and follow signs to the city center. The Double Tree by Hotel Edinburgh City Centre is located near the west end of Princes Street just off Lothian Road on Bread Street.

From the West: Take the M8 from Glasgow and then join the A71 to the city center via the West Approach Road. The Double Tree by Hotel Edinburgh City Centre is located near the west end of Princes Street just off Lothian Road on Bread Street.

Haymarket Train Station to Hotel:

Walking Directions – Head north toward Haymarket Terrace/A8. Turn right onto Haymarket Terrace/A8. Continue to follow A8. Continue onto Morrison St/B700. Continue onto Bread St. Destination will be on the right

Driving Directions – Head north toward Haymarket Terrace/A8. Turn right onto Haymarket Terrace/A8. Continue to follow Haymarket Terrace. Continue onto Haymarket/A8. Continue to follow A8. Turn right onto Torphichen St. Torphichen St turns right and becomes Dewar Pl/B700. Keep left to stay on Dewar Pl/B700. Continue to follow B700. Continue onto Bread St. Destination will be on the right.

Waverley Train Station to Hotel:

Walking Directions – Head south on N Bridge/A7 toward High St/The Royal Mile. Turn right onto High St/The Royal Mile. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Johnston Terrace. Continue onto Castle Terrace. Continue onto Spittal St. Turn left onto Bread St. Destination will be on the right.