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Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals

  • Start: 16 December 2019 @ 8:30 am
  • End: 17 December 2019 @ 5:00 pm
  • DoubleTree Hilton Glasgow Central
  • CPD accredited: 6 hours per day
  • £397 - £795 + VAT ( + VAT )

Delegate places

DoubleTree Hilton Glasgow Central, Cambridge Street, G2 3HN

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;
  • GMC and 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 One – GMC Session
Regional Liaison Advisor, General Medical Council

  • The GMC’s professional guidance on ‘Acting as a witness in legal proceedings’ to understand what is professionally expected of doctors acting as an expert witness
  •  The ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ around keys areas in preparing reports, giving opinions, acting within competence and confidentiality
  • How do the GMC use experts in fitness to practise matters?
  • How can doctors become an expert instructed by the GMC and what guidance is available on this?
  • 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 Afshara – 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, 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


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

DoubleTree Hilton Glasgow Central, Cambridge Street, G2 3HN

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 16th – Tuesday 17th December 2019, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Individual days available: Day 1 Prepare – £397 +VAT | Day 2 Practice – £397 +VAT
  • Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to 12 CPD points
  • £795 + VAT to include additional benefits
  • Introductory offers available
DoubleTree Hilton Glasgow Central
Cambridge Street
Glasgow, Scotland G2 3HN United Kingdom
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central

Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN, United Kingdom
TEL: 0141-3323311

From Glasgow Airport by car:
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central is just 15 minutes from Glasgow International Airport by car. Get on to the M8 from junction 28. At junction 18 exit towards Anderston/Charing Cross/City Centre. Turn left on to Pitt Street and the right onto West George Street. Take the second left onto Blysthwood Square and continue straight onto Douglas Street, taking a right onto Sauchiehall Street. From there, take the first left and then the next right onto Renfrew Street. Finally turn left onto Cambridge Street and the hotel will be on your right. The car park is situated at the rear of the hotel.

From Glasgow Airport by bus:
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central is a 30 minute commute from Glasgow International Airport. From the terminal building, go to stance 1. From stance 1 take the 500 Glasgow shuttle bus towards Glasgow City Centre – these buses depart every 10 minutes and take approximately 15 minutes to get into the city centre. End your journey at Buchanan Street Bus Station and turn right onto Renfrew Street. Walk straight for 7 minutes and the hotel will be on your right.

From Glasgow Central Train Station:
Glasgow Central Train Station is 0.5 miles from the hotel. From the train station, take a right onto Hope Street and walk straight until you reach Renfrew Street. Take a left onto Renfrew Street and then turn right onto Cambridge Street. The hotel will be on your right. There is a taxi rank outside of Glasgow Central station and a short taxi ride will cost you approximately £4.50.

From the city centre by car:
You can reach our hotel in just 5 minutes by car from Glasgow city centre. Drive down Sauchiehall Street turning right onto Newtown Street. Turn left onto Elmbank Crescent and then left again onto Elmbank Street. Turn right onto Sauchiehall Street and then left onto Rose Street. Take the first right turn onto Renfrew Street and then the first left onto Cambridge Street. The hotel will be on your right.

From the city centre by foot:
Visitors can reach the hotel from Sauchiehall Street in just 10 minutes by foot. Walk straight down Sauchiehall Street towards Cambridge Street and turn left onto Cambridge Street and the hotel will be located on your right.

From Glasgow Queen Street Train Station:
Glasgow Queen Street Station is 0.5 miles from the hotel. From the station, walk north on Dundas Street towards Bath Street. Take a left onto Bath Street then turn right onto Buchanan Street. Continue onto Sauchiehall Street, taking a right onto Cambridge Street. The hotel will be on your right. There is a taxi rank outside Glasgow Queen Street station and a short taxi ride will cost you approximately £4.50.

From Glasgow Airport by taxi:
A taxi from the hotel to the airport costs around £25.