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Expert Witness Training for Medical Professionals

  • Start: 17 June 2019 @ 8:30 am
  • End: 18 June 2019 @ 5:00 pm
  • The Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow
  • CPD accredited: 6 hours per day
  • £397 - £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 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
Rachel Woodall, 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

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 17th – Tuesday 18th June 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
  • The Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow
  • £795 + VAT to include additional benefits
  • Introductory offers available
The Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow
232-242 St Vincent Street
Glasgow, G2 5RJ United Kingdom
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0141 221 6072



The College provides off street bicycle racks and shower facilities for anyone wishing to travel to the conference by bicycle. Glasgow City Council also runs a public cycle hire scheme which offers 400 bikes for hire at 31 locations across the city. Details about how to register can be found on the Nextbike website.


Glasgow is easy to get to by car although the motorways can get congested during peak times. A number of clearly signposted carparks are accessible and within walking distance of the College. There is a two-hour parking restriction on all city centre streets.


Glasgow is served by two railway stations – Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Station. Both are within a 10 to 15 minute walk of the College.


Glasgow is a beautiful city with stunning architecture and exceptional parks. It is very easy to get around on foot and the locals are very helpful! We have created 15, 30 and 60 minute walks from the College for anyone who would like to go for a walk during their visit.


Glasgow International Airport is located about 20 minutes from the city centre with frequent domestic and international services. A taxi terminal and airport bus service is located immediately outside the airport building.

Prestwick International Airport and Edinburgh International Airport are both less than an hour away from Glasgow City Centre. Prestwick Airport is served by a train line that provides frequent services to and from the city.