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Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals (Scotland)

  • Start: 30 March @ 8:30 am
  • End: 31 March @ 5:00 pm
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • CPD accredited: 6 hours per day
  • £400 - £795 + VAT ( + VAT )

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Benefits of Inspire Expert Witness Training

With a wealth of experience in the legal and healthcare sectors, we are uniquely placed to offer this RSM accredited expert witness training and follow up, carefully tailored to your medico-legal requirements.

This includes:

  • Interactive training sessions with experienced clinical negligence professionals;
  • GDPR advice sessions;
  • Comprehensive course materials for easy future reference;
  • Marketing of your expertise to our network of lawyers;
  • Advice on presenting your CV;
  • Networking and speaking opportunities;
  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring by our experienced panel of lawyers and medical experts;
  • CPD accreditation.

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


Day One – Prepare
Dr Adrian Rees, GP & 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 Afshar – and Causation in consent cases
  • Causation in medical negligence cases
  • Loss of a chance in medical cases
  • Understanding material contribution in law


  • 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 QC, Ampersand Advocates

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


Our high calibre Training Faculty are practicing Medical Expert Witnesses, Healthcare Lawyers/Healthcare Barristers and are very 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 30-31 March 2020, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • £795 + VAT (includes additional benefits as detailed above)
  • Individual days available: Day 1 Prepare – £400+VAT | Day 2 Practice – £400+VAT
  • Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to 12 CPD points 
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Introductory offers available
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9DW United Kingdom
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+44 (0)131 527 1600

Edinburgh International Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport with flights to over 157 destinations worldwide. The airport is 8 miles (12km) from the city centre with frequent Airlink buses, trams or taxis to bring you into the city.  The journey time from Edinburgh International Airport to Surgeons Quarter by taxi is under 30 minutes.

Waverley Station is in the heart of the city centre with trains arriving from all major cities. The station is roughly a ten minute walk from our venue.

As we are based in the city centre there are frequent bus services running to and from our doorstep.