Expert Witness Training
for Medical Professionals (England)


CPD accreditation:
6 hours per day


Cost: £1400 (inc VAT).
Payment can be made in
three installments


Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford

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Gain in-demand skills to take on well-paid expert witness work

  • Designed specifically for clinicians
  • Led by leading UK clinical negligence specialists
  • Covers everything you need to get started as a medical expert witness
  • Contributes to the University of Strathclyde/Inspire MediLaw expert witness certification

Develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work as a medical expert witness with our comprehensive two-day course.

Hundreds of medical professionals have completed our training – and many are now earning six-figure incomes from their expert witness work.

Recommended by leading law firms

“Highly impressive training sessions and trainers – I would thoroughly recommend Inspire MediLaw expert witness training courses.”

Emma Doughty
Head of Clinical Negligence, Slater + Gordon LLP

Emma Doughty

“The training offered by Inspire MediLaw offers medico-legal experts the opportunity to hear from the very best practitioners in the field.

For solicitors in practice, knowing that an expert has attended these training courses provides a degree of confidence about the calibre of an unknown expert and demonstrates that their medico-legal knowledge and skills are likely to be up to date.”

Anne Kavanagh
Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP

“Inspire MediLaw is dedicated to offering both high-quality training opportunities and sharing the latest knowledge and medico-legal updates to its members.”

Joe McManus
Partner, Kennedys

Joe McManus

How can I get started as an expert witness?

Medical expert witnesses play a crucial role in the administration of justice in clinical negligence litigation, providing an informed and objective view to the courts to help them come to a decision on a case.
Expert witness work is stimulating, challenging and well-paid. You can take on this work alongside your clinical role in the NHS and private sector. Learn more about what’s involved in expert witness work.

You need to have a few years of clinical experience to take on expert witness work. Healthcare professionals who act as expert witnesses should also have completed dedicated expert witness training, as recommended by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges And that’s where our training comes in.


Learning outcomes

Our dedicated course for medical professionals has a highly practical focus – with interactive tasks and role play to help you get up to speed on all the fundamentals.

We cover:

  • What’s expected of you as an expert witness
  • The legal rules you’ll need to know and understand
  • How to write clear and succinct reports – with a practical exercise
  • How to manage the conference with counsel and meeting of experts (and deal with difficult opponents)
  • Giving evidence in court and dealing with cross-examination.

Led by medical and legal specialists

Our training is led by top clinical negligence specialists, including Dr Simon Fox KC, a dual-qualified doctor and barrister. You’ll also hear from clinical negligence lawyers, a former high court judge and experienced medical expert witnesses. So, you’ll get the perspectives of medical and legal professionals who are actively working in the field.


Who should attend the course?

  • Medical professionals looking to get started in expert witness work.
  • Experienced medical expert witnesses keen to expand their skills and knowledge.

Consultant gynaecologist and expert witness Adrian Lower completed our course in 2022. The training has helped him build confidence in taking on cases. He said, “I wish I’d done the course 20 years ago.”

Throughout the training, you’ll have the chance to network with other medical professionals working in the sector, make valuable legal contacts and meet potential clients.

What our delegates say

Before my training with Inspire MediLaw, I didn’t know how or where to start. The training was high quality, with experts in their fields and it gave me the confidence to start in medico-legal work. 

After the training, the Inspire team provided support with getting started – they helped develop my CV and medico-legal paperwork and gave me a strong profile on their website. The team has helped connect me with solicitors and I have started receiving instructions.”

 Dr Rob Moisey
Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist


Our guarantee to you

Many of our delegates earn their course fee back from writing their first expert witness report. If you don’t earn your course fee back within your first 12 months of medico-legal practice, we’ll refund the cost. 1

1 For a refund, you will need to demonstrate that you’ve followed the advice we’ve given during the training.

Keen to take your learning further?

You may also want to complete our expert witness certification programme, run in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, and join our membership scheme – giving you access to a wide range of benefits, including one-to-one support.

Get in touch today if you have any questions.


Day 1

Dr Tom Boyd, GP Expert Witness


Being an Expert; attributes, issues and practicalities


Legal framework of expert work and the bare essentials of medical negligence law




The essentials of being GDPR compliant
Isabel Bathurst, Training and Development Manager, Inspire Medilaw


 The process of a claim and expert’ involvement




The essentials of writing a court complaint report


Report writing exercise




Getting work and the business issues


Tips and pitfalls of a personal injury practice
Mr Paul Cooke, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon




Day 2

Paul Sankey, Clinical Negligence Solicitor


Session 1: Addressing the legal issues
Breach of duty, causation, consent, condition and prognosis




Session 2: Experts’ duties and the CPR
Considering all the facts
Limits of expertise
Range of opinion
Change of opinion
Use of medical records
Questions to experts
Right to ask for directions




Session 3: The claims process
Pre Action
After Issue


Discussion of Experts


The Relationship with your lawyer
Minimising delay
Handling the client



PM: Dr Simon Fox KC, Clinical Negligence Barrister


The importance of a good report and joint statement
Pre-trial conferences
Dealing with new evidence
Practice direction para 65: being asked to change your report


Points to consider in giving your evidence
Preparing for giving evidence
Court protocol
Points to consider in the witness box




A view from the bench
His Honour Judge Charles Harris KC


Q&A with HHJ Harris and Dr Simon Fox KC


Role play: Examination in Chief, cross examination and re-examination


Dr Simon Fox KC

Clinical Negligence Barrister, Sergeants' Inn

Mr Paul Sankey

Medical Negligence Lawyer, Enable Law

His Honour Judge Harris KC

Retired High Court Circuit Judge

Isabel Bathurst

Inquest, Inquiry and Injury Solicitor

Dr Tom Boyd

GP and Expert Witness

Feedback from previous delegates

I came on the course to explore what it meant to be and what is required of an expert witness. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, learning about something completely different from medicine. I am now inspired by the course to embark on some medico-legal work in the near future.

Annabel Dieh, Consultant Obstetrician

An excellent course delivered by experienced professionals. I have been given the tools, increasing my confidence to write a good report in the right way.

Mr Sean Woodcock, Consultant General Surgeon

As a psychiatrist, I would recommend this course to any colleague involved in providing legal reports.

Mary Aston, Consultant Psychiatrist

This was an excellent course, which I wish had been available when I started my journey as an expert witness.

Professor Gus Baker, Neuropsychologist

One of the best courses I’ve ever been on. Real experts training us fantastically. Real cases, good role play, great pace, excellent material and great location for the training.

Dr Shaun O’Connell

A well-organised and presented course that was enjoyable, detailed and relevant. It offered an excellent introduction to the expert witness role. First-class, experienced speakers provided a wealth of knowledge, support and advice.

Dr Malcom Tyler GP

This is one of the best courses I have done. I only wish I had done it five years ago. There was exactly the right quality of factual content, but the huge benefit was in the lived experience shared.

Dr James Calvert, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

A particularly good course for medical practitioners – a good balance between theory and practical advice. Presented by medical and legal professionals specifically skilled and experienced in medico-legal matters. Excellent value for the cost!

Dr Geer Hubregtge, Consultant Anaesthetist

The course was interactive and engaging – far exceeded my expectations. I came thinking I may want to do expert witness work – now enthusiastic and ready to start developing my practice. Excellent trainers and speakers. Highly relevant and extremely enjoyable.

Dr Elizabeth Garthwaite, Consultant Renal Physician

A really good course covering all the basics and information required to get a novice medical expert going. The course lecturers were experienced and knowledgeable in their field and gave lots of practical, real-life examples of medical expert cases throughout the course.

David Taylor

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Comprehensive and extremely enjoyable course. Highly recommended. Amazing and engaging speakers.

Darrell Allen, Consultant Urologist

A very professionally run course, which was stimulating and challenging. It left me with a good idea of where to get started and was followed up with materials of practical use and value.

Emma Cooper, GP

A wonderful and informative course that provides excellent speakers and topics as well as reading materials and post-course help. I did not get time to get bored even for one minute! Venue and food excellent! Thank you Caren!

Teresa Burnett, Anaesthetist

First-rate course, suitable both for the experienced expert practitioner and those thinking of starting this work.

Professor Peter Sullivan, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

A comprehensive course, covering all aspects of medico-legal issues, that is relevant to newcomers and more experienced practitioners.

Mr Myrddin Rees, Consultant Surgeon

This has been an absolutely fantastic course, great content and delivered by experienced medical expert witness and legal practitioners. Highly recommended.

Mr Michael Egbor, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

This course is everything I’d hoped for and more! Excellent interactive speakers with lots of practical advice and tips. Highly recommended.

Mr Kim Hinshaw, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Delivered professionally by a very experienced team, with real and consistent experience in this field.

Mihai Paduraru, Consultant General and Emergency Surgeon

Excellent course with great speakers. As someone who has never done any medico-legal work, I would highly recommend this course as it truly gives a good basis to this new and often-perceived-as-scary world!

Max Mifsud, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

I really enjoyed the two days. It was a perfect introduction to what the work as an expert witness would entail and was delivered by experts. Would highly recommend the course.

Laila Hamidi-Manesh, Consultant Paediatrician

I found the course informative but relaxed. I enjoyed the course and hearing other participants’ views and thoughts, which were encouraged.

Helen Adam, Nurse

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